Review Date: June 26, 2003
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Writer: Kate Kondell
Producers: David Nicksay, Marc Platt
Reese Witherspoon as Elle
Regina King as Grace
Sally Field as Rep. Rudd
For me, it was all pretty "cute" the first time around, but not so much here. And talk about a fast-moving flick! I almost got whiplash in the amount of time it took Elle to get to Washington, although once there, the bloated politics of it all just didn't click with the film's facetiousness. Its final 15 minutes were particularly "out there" with cheerleaders dancing through the halls of the Senate, U.S. representatives styling their hair 'a la Elle' and the whole thing obviously catering to the July 4th weekend crowds as talk of America, liberty, justice and all that jazz is forced down your throat as everyone and their uncle salutes the wonder that is the superficial blondie with an apparent brain and heart (although you never once really see her working hard...nice message to the kids) Okay, okay...so it's not all supposed to be taken seriously, but I guess it just didn't work for me. The whole animal rights agenda is set up on a believable level, but the rest of the stuff just goes overboard and the two simply never synergize (wow, cool word). I giggled once or twice during my entire screening, felt kinda nauseous near the end and started wondering if was ever going to see anything original come out of Hollywood ever again! Thankfully for us, this film puts us past the halfway point of sequelitis this summer (LB2 is the 7th of the 12 sequels set for release this season). Bottom line? A carbon copy of the first film with a lamer plot that's supposed to mean something, weak humor, redundant "outsider" jokes, boring secondary characters and an utterly contrived and predictable ending. If you're willing to invest your hard-earned bucks to watch a chick and her dog act "cute" for an hour and a half...enjoy. I'll take the zero. PS: Am I the only one who's Luke Wilson'ed out?