Say what you will about ‘Legally Blonde 2’, but after witnessing first hand the shenanigans going on in Washington right now, it’s easy to take the movie’s portrayal of Congress seriously. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought that ‘Legally Blonde 2’ was actually a documentary about how Congress works. A bunch of petty underhanded nitwits who’ll do anything to save their own skin.
Even though ‘Legally Blonde 2’ more or less accurately depicts what dunderheads are running our country, it doesn’t make it a good movie. For heaven’s sake, it’s still ‘Legally Blonde 2,’ starring Reese Witherspoon as one of the most annoying female characters ever created. Watching her run around on screen screaming “like” and “totally” all the while dressing in hot pink and putting clothes on her dog is barely tolerable. And yet, these movies made her unspeakably wealthy!
Elle Woods (Witherspoon) is fresh out of Harvard with her law degree. She’s already survived on formulaic romantic comedy, and she’s ready to take on another. The setting has changed, so instead of a college campus Elle heads to the Beltway. She’s going to push a bill through Congress to make it illegal for cosmetics companies to test their products on defenseless puppies and kittens.
Rep. Victoria Rudd (Sally Fields) is a congresswoman Elle knows. She’s her “in,” and soon after arriving on Capitol Hill, Elle is all business. She spruces up her desk with some nice hot pink decorations and she goes to work trying to get her bill passed. Rudd’s other staffers don’t take too kindly to Elle, she’s moving in on their territory.
Like the first ‘Legally Blonde’ it’s usually by dumb luck that Elle ends up getting anything accomplished. Sure she plans to meet a certain congresswoman at a hair salon, but fate has it that the congresswoman is an alum of Elle’s sorority. See, everything just works out for her. It’s easy to see why the other staffers hate her. Her luck doesn’t end there. How no one becomes sick of her obnoxious, cutesy attitude is a mystery.
There’s nothing differentiating this movie from the first one. It’s another loosely veiled moral tale about how we shouldn’t always judge people by their unbearable outward appearance. Elle may act like she needs to be medicated for being overly optimistic, and she may seem like your everyday stereotypical dumb blonde, but there’s much more to her than that. Whoopdie doo. ‘Legally Blond 2’ is one of the more useless sequels out on the market.