Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

Cast
Elle Woods: Reese Witherspoon
Rep. Rudd: Sally Field
Sidney Post: Bob Newhart
Emmett Richmond: Luke Wilson
John Bosload: Charles Dance

MGM presents a film directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. Written by Kate Kondell, based on the story and characters by Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake, Kate Kondell and Amanda Brown. Running time: 95 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for some sex-related humor).

Central Theme
One person can make a difference if they possess a good cause, a positive attitude, a gracious spirit, and the support of some loyal friends.

Story
America’s favorite blonde is back! Reese Witherspoon returns as brainy bombshell Elle Woods in the sunny summer comedy Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. Having conquered Harvard, Elle is now a rising young lawyer at a great firm, balancing her demanding career with preparations for her wedding to the man of her dreams. But when she finds out her beloved dog Bruiser’s family members are being used as cosmetic test subjects by one of her firm’s own clients, she stands up for their rights – and is promptly fired. She’s devastated, but you can’t keep an optimist down. Ms. Woods goes to Washington to take matters into her own French-manicured hands.

Trying to learn the political ropes and win over politicians, Elle faces a formidable challenge – and in a sea of gray, black, and navy, she sticks out like a pink thumb. Others on The Hill aren’t immediately kind to “Capitol Barbie” and D.C. isn’t an easy place for a person with impeccable fashion sense and a Harvard Law degree. But with her clever and sassy signature blend of intelligence and determination, she bucks the system the Elle Woods way. Speaking up for Bruiser and his family and rallying blondes across the country, Elle eventually inspires those around her to find voices of their own.
‚© MGM.

What possessed this director to take a relatively sweet franchise and turn it into Mr. Smith goes to Washington in Pink and in drag? The introduction of a “gay-is-cute subplot” is overbearing. The PG-13 rating is due to “some sexually related humor,” gay and straight, that detracts from rather than enhances a movie that attracts a lot of kids. How did this happen? According to Dr. Ted Baehr, “The producers of the comedy hit, LEGALLY BLONDE, starring Reese Witherspoon, decided to turn over the reins of the sequel to a liberal, homosexual activist named Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. According to the June 29 issue of the Los Angeles Times on page E27, Herman-Wurmfeld is a “long-time liberal activist” who works for Howard Dean’s campaign for President and whose first movie was the lesbian comedy KISSING JESSICA STEIN. The results are, to say the least, predictable, mindless, and highly offensive.”

For those who wonder if even an insipid, totally unrealistic movie like Elle has an impact on the next generation? Roger Ebert reports, “Ramping up for this review, I came across a curious column by Arianna Huffington, who attended a preview screening and wrote: “Sitting between my teenage daughters while watching Elle take on the U.S. Congress, I was struck by the palpable effect it had on them: They left the theater inspired, empowered and talking about the things they wanted to change and the ways they might be able to change them.” She quotes approvingly from Elle’s big speech (“So speak up, America. Speak up for the home of the brave. Speak up for the land of the free gift with purchase. Speak up, America!”). Amazing that the usually tough-minded Huffington fell for the movie. Amazing, too, that two teenage girls who have their mother as a role model were inspired and empowered by the insipid Elle.”

This is a silly, feel-good movie that would have felt better of it had checked the politically correct political views, including the gay themes, at the box-office door.

Beliefs num
–One person can make a difference.
–Honesty and kindness win out over mean, shrewd and manipulative.
–Behind the faƒ§ade of bureaucrats are people who once believed in something.
–One honest voice is louder than a crowd’s.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–What is the relationship between beauty and brains?
–Is the worldview in a “Pollyannaish” movie like this useful or harmful to a younger generation forming impression of life and politics?
–Is one honest voice louder than a crowd’s?

Provocative Quotes byline
–She had so much potential; she could have been a Playmate by now.
==Paulette.
–I think you are confusing right and wrong with the law, you don’t think they’re the same thing do you?
==Law firm to Elle.
–I have always respected redheads as members of a hair color minority.
==Elle
–Yea, but have you seen what they’re wearing?
== Elle to Emmett when he reminds here “You fall asleep during the West Wing.”
–Oh, the bend and snap…I did that last night. Naked!
==Paulette.
–Paulette, I taught Bruiser to shop online, I think I can handle congress.
==Elle.
–Your dogs are GAY!
==Groomer to Congressman and to Elle.
–I don’t think I’ve been this excited since Gucci became a publicly traded company!
==Elle.
–I can’t do any good, if I am no longer here! The people believe what we tell them to believe.
==Rep. Judd excusing her backhanded ways.
–That woman wears a lot of pink?
==Elle when Emmett asks, “You know what I thought when I first met you?”
–This is just like C-Span, except I’m not bored.
==Elle.
–So speak up, America. Speak up for the home of the brave. Speak up for the land of the free gift with purchase. Speak up, America!
==Elle to Congress.
–One honest voice is louder than a crowd’s.
==Sidney.
–I didn’t know I could be this happy without incurring credit card debt!
==Elle.
–Dolly Madison! That was my grandma’s stripper name!
==Paulette.

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