Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

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Legally Blonde 2:
Red, White & Blonde
Legally Blonde 2 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Produced by David Nicksay
Marc E. Platt
Jennifer Simpson
Stephen Traxler
Reese Witherspoon
Screenplay by Kate Kondell
Based on Characters 
by Amanda Brown
Starring Reese Witherspoon
Sally Field
Regina King
Jennifer Coolidge
Bruce McGill
Dana Ivey
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Bob Newhart
Luke Wilson
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography Elliott Davis
Edited by Peter Teschner
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) July 2, 2003 (2003-07-02)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million
Box office $124,914,842

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (also referred to as just Legally Blonde 2) is the 2003 sequel to the 2001 film, Legally Blonde. It was produced by MGM, with Reese Witherspoon again starring as Elle Woods, Luke Wilson, Sally Field, Regina King, Bruce McGill, and Bob Newhart.

Even though the story was set in Washington, D.C., the movie was filmed in the offices at EnergySolutions Arena (then the Delta Center), the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. The supposed "aerial views" in the movie on Washington buildings were scale models built by the crew.

Plot[edit]

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) wants her Chihuahua, Bruiser, to reunite with his mother, because she would like Bruiser's mom to attend Elle and Emmett's wedding. Elle hires a detective to find Bruiser's mother, only to discover that the owner of her dog's mother is a cosmetics company that uses Bruiser's mother for "testing". She finds out that her law firm represents the C'est Magnifique Corporation.

Elle decides to leave Boston, where she and Bruiser have settled with her fiancé Emmett, and go to Washington, D.C. to work on Bruiser's Bill. Elle is upset that her dog's mother is in a make-up testing laboratory, and decides to take it upon herself to be the "voice for those who can't speak" and to outlaw animal testing.

While working for Congresswoman Victoria Rudd (Sally Field), Elle is met with skepticism and other barriers common to Washington politics. Rudd's member of staff, Timothy, sarcastically calls her "Capitol Barbie". (There has even been a Barbie doll based on Elle Woods.[1]) After a variety of ups and downs including a failed attempt to improve her work environment by having her co-workers write compliments about one another and place them in the "snap cup", Elle starts to lose her faith in Washington politics.

As the story moves along, Elle discovers that Bruiser is actually gay, after she is paged by "The Paws that Refreshes: A Doggy Day Spa." Bruiser has been affectionate with Leslie, a Rottweiller owned by Congressman Stan Marks (Bruce McGill), the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce which has jurisdiction over Bruiser's Bill. Elle also finds that Congresswoman Libby Hauser (Dana Ivey), the Ranking Member of the same committee, was a member of Delta Nu (the sorority from the first film). As a result, both Marks and Hauser warm to Elle and eventually come to support Bruiser's Bill.

Elle also discovers that Congresswoman Rudd has actually been working against her. Rudd has been doing so in an effort to satisfy the interests of a major campaign donor named "Bob" (who is never seen, but with whom Rudd has several telephone conversations). However, Rudd is eventually blackmailed into supporting Elle's petition, because Rudd's Chief of Staff, Grace Rossiter (Regina King) eavesdrops on a recorded conversation during which Rudd admits to Elle that she has been working against Bruiser's Bill in order to help Rudd's sponsors who want to continue with tests on animals. As Grace is appalled that Rudd lied to Elle and blamed it on her, Grace and Elle eventually reach a place of mutual respect, especially after Grace admits she came to Washington D.C. with an enthusiasm not unlike Elle's, but later lost that idealism when she discovered how dirty politics could really be.

With the help of her friends, Elle's discharge petition is successful, and Bruiser's Bill is brought to the floor of the House. Elle and Emmett get married in a park in D.C., albeit not at Fenway Park as they had planned, but standing on the home plate which has been delivered to D.C. by the UPS Guy (Bruce Thomas). In the final scene of the movie, when Emmett asks where to live, Elle says, "Oh, I think I know just the place," as they are driving by the White House.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Although Witherspoon's performance was highly praised, the film overall received mostly negative reviews, and came in at #21 on Entertainment Weekly's "Top 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made" (2006).[2] It currently holds 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, the critical consensus being that "this blonde joke is less funny the second time around".[3]

Box office[edit]

The movie hit theaters on the Wednesday before the Fourth of July in 2003 and grossed nearly $40 million by Monday. However, the following weekend the film could only boast sales half of that and LB2 quickly left theaters in the coming weeks. Grossing about $90 million in the U.S., the film was a success for the studio, though many expected it to perform just as well as Witherspoon's last big movie, Sweet Home Alabama.

Soundtrack[edit]

Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released July 1, 2003
Genre Pop, pop rock, R&B, alternative rock
Label Curb Records
Producer Anita Camarata, Antonina Armato, Dann Huff, Kaylin Frank, Michael Patterson, Nic Jodoin, Timothy James[4]
Singles from Legally Blonde 2
  1. "We Can"
    Released: October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[5] 3/5 stars

A soundtrack for the film was released on July 1, 2003 by Curb Records.[6] "We Can" was released as a single for the soundtrack by American country music recording artist LeAnn Rimes on October 28, 2003 by Curb Records.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Recording artist(s) Length
1. "We Can"   LeAnn Rimes 3:40
2. "Breakthrough"   Hope 7 2:45
3. "Atomic Dog" (Dogs of the World Unite Remix) (featuring Coolio) George Clinton 4:23
4. "Me Against the World"   Superchic(K) 2:58
5. "I'm Just a Bill"   Deluxx Folk Implosion 3:26
6. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (featuring Aretha Franklin) Eurythmics 4:53
7. "More Bounce (In California)"   Soul Kid #1 3:59
8. "For What It's Worth"   Candyskins 4:00
9. "Power To the People"   John Lennon 3:21
10. "America"   Lou Reed 2:49
11. "We Can" (American Mix) LeAnn Rimes 3:36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elle Wood as Barbie". 
  2. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (2007-12-22). "The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde - Rotten Tomatoes". Uk.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  4. ^ Legally Blonde 2: Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD). Various Artists. Curb Records. 2003. D2-78822. 
  5. ^ "Legally Blonde 2 - Original Soundtrack". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  6. ^ "Legally Blonde 2 - Motion Picture Soundtrack: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - We Can (Remixes) by LeAnn Rimes". Itunes.apple.com. 2003-10-28. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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