Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, surpasses its predecessor with plot and dialogue more pathetic than in the original. The sequel follows the same predictable pattern throughout with Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) succeeding in every venture.
By the end of Legally Blonde, Elle has miraculously graduated from Harvard with her own law degree, won her first court case and found the man of her dreams. Legally Blonde 2 picks up two years later with Elle planning her wedding with encore character Emmett Richmond (Luke Wilson) while working for a prestigious Boston law firm. Elle manages to prove the statement "never underestimate a woman with a French manicure and a Harvard law degree." But then her world is turned upside down. She has a personal mission to find the parents of Bruiser, her pet Chihuahua, before the wedding. What she finds, however, is that Bruiser's mother is being used in an animal testing laboratory. Elle's law firm offers her no support to end animal testing, so she unrealistically takes it upon herself to head to Washington, D.C. In the process she is fired but never-fear—Elle manages to get a job working for U.S Rep. Victoria Rudd (Sally Field). Rudd agrees to sponsor the bill Elle created to ban animal testing. It seems the bill will succeed, when surprise, surprise, Elle encounters another problem
Elle is having trouble fitting in with the interns at the office, especially with Grace Rossiter (Regina King). She therefore introduces the Snap cup, a system through which participators can congratulate and encourage others anonymously. Her unique system fails, though, as the snap cup solely contains negative messages just for Elle. She leaves the office that day, discouraged but still determined to have her bill pass. Not much later her bill begins to fail in Congress. It turns out Rudd removed her support from the bill for major campaign support. Shocking!
As Elle loses one friend, she gains another. Grace abruptly changes her opinion of Elle and helps her by taping an incriminating conversation involving Rudd. From this point on, things turn for the better. A formerly staunch conservative southern politician, Stanford Marks (Bruce McGill) realizes that both his dog and Bruiser are gay and have fallen in love with each other. This softens him up, and he turns his support over to Elle. Elle also discovers that a formidable enemy, Congresswoman Libby Hauser (Dana Ivey) is a member of Elle's sorority. They instantly bond, and Hauser joins the fight against animal testing. (Yes, during her journey through Washington, Elle has managed to simplify Congress to an unbelievably low level.) Elle also calls in all of her connections: her three best friends, including the hairdresser Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge), all current members of her Delta sorority and her loving fiancé, who waits patiently at home. Lastly, there's the lovable Sid Post (Bob Newhart), a hotel doorman who is also an expert on Washington law because of what he overhears.
The actors of Legally Blonde 2 all play their characters well, despite most of them being completely unbelievable. Credit must be given to Reese Witherspoon, who actually seems to relate to her character and therefore portrays her excellently.
The film was not entirely the "drama" of Elle. There were numerous funny moments scattered evenly throughout the movie. These include the manners in which Elle gains friends, such as Congresswoman Hauser and Congressman Marks. And then there's always the timeless snap cup.
If you manage to enjoy this movie, well then "snaps for you!"
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is 95 minutes long and rated PG-13 for some sex-related humor.
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