The winning comic finesse of Reese Witherspoon drives Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde. It’s astonishing that the sequel could possibly be daffier than the first movie, but Legally Blonde 2 leaves reality behind like an unflattering outfit. Unemployed lawyer Elle Woods (Witherspoon) sets off to our nation’s capitol to ban cosmetics testing on animals, after discovering that her beloved chihuahua’s own mother is being used as a test subject. Washington, D.C., becomes a testing ground for Elle’s mettle, as she grapples with callous committees, backstabbing representatives, and devious aides to get her bill considered by Congress, with some help from her sorority sisters and her hairdresser friend Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind). Witherspoon bursts with charisma and dazzles with sheer performing skill; she’s the comic heir to screwball comedienne Carole Lombard–which is high praise. Also featuring Bob Newhart and Sally Field.

Studio: MGM
Year: 2003
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Run time: 95 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: 1

The film seemed to pander rather then tell a story. It tried to relive the past and failed miserably. At the end of the first film; you felt that Elle had matured a little. She regressed in this film. The “oh my gawd” dingy blond was played to the hilt. You just didn’t get the savvy moments she would have in the other film.

There were many sight gags that were just bad. I didn’t even get a chance to laugh. I have a hard time believing that barracuda congresswomen would go for “funky” hair. An arch-conservative NRA President congressman announcing he has a gay dog and is happy about it? Congress having a compliment jar? Gag! I really had to fight the urge to stop the film. Maybe I was hoping it would get better.

There were new characters but there was little or no time developing them. Bob Newhart could have been really interesting but nothing really happened. Sally Field could have been interesting as the friend who is really an enemy and yet they couldn’t allow that to happen as she eventually turned around.
Movie Quality: 5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. There are scenes where the picture looks very clean and pristine with tiny hints of grain to times where there is much more grain to the print. The image is rather soft at some points of the film, but this is the best that this film has ever looked when compared to DVD.
Print Quality: 7.5/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a dialogue driven film, so this is a front heavy experience. The dialogue was clear and crisp with no apparent issues. The mix is well balanced with the low usage of the surrounds. The rears do get some use with the soundtrack, but do not offer the excellent depth. I would say that this mix was sufficient enough for this type of film.
Print Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • “The Making of Picture This”
  • “Cell Phone Confessions”
  • “GR8 Scene-Specific texting”
  • “The Making of ‘Shadows of the Night’”

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

Those looking for a light movie will be disappointed. Instead, it glorifies teen rebellion and vilifies parents. Even though there were a couple clever scenes, I won’t be watching again.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10