Legally Blonde 2


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Legally Blonde 2:

Red, White, and Blonde
The Masked Reviewer

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde deals with heavy issues.  The law.  Corruption.  Politics.  Shopping.  But before the Masked Reviewer gets into a discussion about the merits of the film and its deep, far-reaching ideas, there is another matter to discuss.  Pens.

See, as a film reviewer, the Masked Reviewer needs to take notes.  This is to make sure that he doesn't forget any important details when sharing his thoughts with you, the reader.  The reader/reviewer relationship is based on a sacred trust, which the Masked Reviewer takes very seriously.

However, during this film, there was a strong security presence, to make sure that no one was illegally videotaping the movie for "bootleg" purposes.  Perhaps you've read about a New Jersey man who faced up to a year in prison and several thousand dollars in fines for posting a copy of The Hulk to the Internet before it was released (The Hulk, not the Internet).  The studios want to make sure that during special preview and press screenings that no one is secretly videotaping the film. 

Well, the Masked Reviewer was sitting in the theater with his special reviewing pen.  It's a ball point with smooth action and a retractable tip.  It also features a handy-dandy blue light, which provides just the right amount of light to illuminate the writing surface without disturbing other viewers of the film.  A brilliant invention, indeed, for a champion of the people such as the Masked Reviewer.

Early in the film, the Masked Reviewer began to take notes.  The security guard, who was continually scanning the audience for any illegal activity, saw the blue light and trampled across half a row of people to confront him.

"You'll have to turn that off," said the security guard.

"It's a pen," responded the Masked Reviewer, quietly, so as not to further disturb the audience.

"You have to turn it off or you'll have to leave the theater," said the security guard.

"It's a pen.  I'm a film reviewer.  I take notes for reviews.  See?  It's a light.  Light goes on, light goes off," replied the Masked Reviewer, playfully demonstrating the on/off capabilities of his nifty light-up reviewing pen.

"Turn it off.  Turn it off now," said the security guard, evil oppressor of freedom and justice.  So, the Masked Reviewer turned it off  As a result, his notes are a bit hard to read.

Now, this isn't meant to be merely a complaint.  The irony of those events was not lost on the Masked Reviewer.  Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde is a film that deals with fighting the system, making the world a better place, overcoming bureaucracy and small-mindedness. The Masked Reviewer was moved to take up the fight.  Therefore, one could imagine that this film was poignant and meaningful.

It wasn't, really.  It's goofy.  The Masked Reviewer hasn't seen the first Legally Blonde, but one could imagine that it was a little bit better.  Even without seeing the first film, this sequel has the feel of jokes that have been done before.  It's a very general sort of light-hearted comedy with very broad jokes that will appeal to a lot of people.  The Chihuahua, Bruiser, is featured prominently in the film, and if you're one of those people who loves to see little dogs dressed up, you'll have a fine time. 

If you can't get enough of the Beverly Hills "ditzy yet always determined and perky" character, who never fails to find the perfect solution to a problem by using her expert knowledge of shopping, beauty tips, and sorority connections, you'll find Nirvana in this film (the state of bliss, not the grunge band).  It's about two hours of extreme perkiness. 

While the jokes aren't particularly fresh or clever, Reese Witherspoon is cute and charming, and even though it's a one-joke movie, she is tolerable to watch throughout.  There aren't any big surprises, interesting twists, or huge laughs, but it's cute if you like this sort of thing. 

Luke Wilson plays the love interest in this film, reprising his role from the original.  That means he's been the hunky love interest in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Alex and Emma, and Legally Blonde 2, all in three weeks.  So, if you can't get enough Luke Wilson as a hunky love interest, run to the theater today!

All in all, there's not much to it.  But if you like really light and silly comedies that are geared for the mainstream (like Legally Blonde  or Father of the Bride or Mrs. Doubtfire) with a tendency towards being a "chick flick" (no nudity here), you'll find it to be a fine film if you've got nothing better to do with your evening. 

If you're looking for something that's new or groundbreaking or really funny, this isn't your best choice.  You won't have to file injunctive relief from busting a gut.  Is it, like, totally laugh....rinse...repeat?  Not exactly.  There's no habeus corpus of laughter in this film.  You get the idea.  It will appeal more to some chicks, as it is one of the proverbial "chick flicks".

By the way, the Masked Reviewer is aware that maybe he was singled out for illegal activity by the security guard because he was wearing a mask.  But good guys wear masks too.  Look at Spiderman.  Look at Batman.  Look at Jason from Friday the 13th.  Okay, bad example.  But still, if the Masked Reviewer had a pen that could be used to videotape a movie, he certainly wouldn't waste that technology on Legally Blonde 2


Expectation from the Title: In a future where hair color is regulated by a strict totalitarian government, three people (an Irishman, an old woman, and Peroxide Patty) fight the law to become...

Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):  Reese Witherspoon is a snappy dresser.

The Pros:  A couple of cute jokes, Reese Witherspoon is cute, some cute dogs.

The Cons: Nothing terribly funny or interesting, it seems like a rehash of old jokes without having even seen the original.



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