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July 04, 2003

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

We went to the theater to see Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde recently. I am not quite sure why I was so disappointed by this film.

I didn’t really have high expectations, but I guess I was deceived by how much I enjoyed the original. The story of a Barbie type woman who has enough intelligence to succeed at anything she puts her mind to is moved in this sequel from Harvard Law School to Washington DC.

After further consideration, I have decided to lay out my thinking on why this sequel is quite inferior to the original. Reese Witherspoon is again excellent as Elle Woods, the young woman who has never believed that there is anything she can’t accomplish in both. I think that she personifies a genuinely uplifting idea that forms the core of both movies. In this one, unfortunately, the basis for her quest is a plot contrivance, rather than a believable occurrence.

Further, the original succeeds by putting her in a position where a little luck and real perseverance might lead to success. By moving the sequel to DC and having her overcome setbacks in Congress as an aid to a Congresswoman, the movie goes from something that might happen without anyone hearing about it to something only the most politically naive would believe is realistic.

Please don’t get me wrong. I didn’t think the original was truly realistic. It simply built and sustained enough momentum to allow me to suspend my disbelief. I don’t think LB2 managed to build that moment.

I you are thinking of seeing this, you won’t watch a horrible movie, but the original is worth much more of your time. On my scale of 1-100, I rate this a 68.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at July 4, 2003 09:29 PM