Legally Blonde/Legally Blonde 2

Legally Blonde:
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon – Just Like Heaven, Walk The Line) is beautiful, rich and popular. Her life seems perfect and it appears to be getting better because she believes that her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis – Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor), is going to propose to her. Instead Warner breaks up with Elle and her world comes crashing down around her. Not used to being rejected, Elle mopes around for a week. Her two best friends, Margot (Jessica Cauffiel – White Chicks, Guess Who) and Serena (Alanna Ubach – Herbie: Fully Loaded, Meet the Fockers) take Elle for a day at the salon to cheer her up and while there Elle decides that to get Warner back she has to become 'serious'. Elle decides that she is going to apply to get into law school at Harvard. Though no one believes that she will get accepted, she does and moves into dorms on campus. Elle really sticks out at Harvard with her entirely pink wardrobe and her penchant for carrying her little dog Bruiser with her everywhere she goes. She is stared at and ridiculed by other students. She manages to run into Warner, but is disappointed to find out he is engaged to ultra preppy Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair – In Good Company, Cruel Intentions). Disillusioned, Elle does not know what to do next but listens to her manicurist, Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge – Robots, American Wedding) and decides to do her best at Harvard. She is awarded one of only four prestigious internships with Professor Callaghan (Victor Garber – from television's 'Alias') and becomes part of a challenging murder case.

When this film first came out in 2001 it was one of the surprise hits of the year. . It was like the "Clueless" of that year. No one could resist the power of the ultimate blonde, Elle Woods. Reese Witherspoon became a big star and America's newest sweetheart. Director Robert Luketic (Win a Date With Tad Hamilton, Monster-In-Law) asks Reese Witherspoon to carry the whole film on her tiny Southern shoulders and she does so admirably. The film is sweet and funny, but don't expect any depth! Well, then again there is the nice message about not making judgments about people based on appearance. The film is full of humour, fashion and has a cool soundtrack.

Special Features:
-Deleted scenes
-"Inside Legally Blonde" featurette
-"The Hair That Ate Hollywood" featurette
-Music video "Perfect Day" by Hoku
-Trivia track
-Original theatrical trailer

Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde:
As is the case with most sequels, Legally Blonde 2 falls short of the 'standards' set by Legally Blonde. In this second installment, the script is not as catchy or funny. Poor Reese Witherspoon has to say lines that I am sure made her cringe during filming. Any good moments in the film are entirely due to Witherspoon's likeability as an actor. Director Charles Herman-Wurmfel (Kissing Jessica Stein) does not capture the same magic that the first film did. It does have a message to it like the first film, in that the whole issue of testing products on animals is pooh-poohed, but once again it is not exactly a hard-hitting film. While it does have some moments (few and far between), it is not that good; I would say that this film falls into the mildly entertaining category.

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is now a working lawyer at a successful law firm who is engaged to Emmett Richmond (Luke Wilson – The Family Stone, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle). Throwing career caution to the wind, she decides to move to Washington, D.C. in order to get her bill on animals rights passed. With the help of her building's doorman, Sid Post (Bob Newhart – Elf, In&Out), Elle figures out the ins and outs in Washington. She is now working for Rep. Victoria Rudd (Sally Field – Norma Rae, Where The Heart Is) and tries to fit in with her colleagues, including the doubting Grace Rossiter (Regina King – Ray, A Cinderella Story). Elle tries to get her anti-animal testing bill passed by winning the support of big league Congresspersons like Libby Hauser (Dana Ivey – Two Weeks Notice, The Scarlet Letter) and Stanford Marks (Bruce McGill – Cinderella Man, Collateral). If Elle thought Harvard was tough then Washington turns out to be an even bigger challenge for her.

Special Features:
-Deleted scenes
-Gag reel
-Music video "We Can" by LeAnn Rimes
-Welcome to the Delta Nu interactive quiz
-"Blonde Ambition" featurette
-Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
-Trailers for: Legally Blonde, Agent Cody Blanks, A Guy Thing, The Man in the Moon, S.F.W., Anti Trust, Heart Breakers, Barbershop, and The Princess Bride

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