Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sequel Is Rolling out Old Story

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sequel Is Rolling out Old Story

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Legally blonde 2

way back, there was a time when an excessively pink and fluffy little comedy starring Reese Witherspoon took the movie charts by storm and everyone went platinum potty.

Well, as a wise man once said, "where there's box office success, there's a sequel" so, unsurprisingly, Witherspoon is back - bigger, bolder and blonder. Picking up not too far from where its predecessor left off, Legally Blonde 2 opens with heroine Elle Woods (Witherspoon) looking forward to both her wedding and her promotion within the top law firm that her Harvard degree landed her.

But when Elle discovers that her chihuahua Bruiser's mother is being held in a research facility and tries to bring the issue to the attention of her employers, she is promptly fired. Oh dear, what is a girl to do? Why, take her case to Washington DC of course, where Elle (a hybrid of Jackie O and `Capitol Barbie') strives to have `Bruiser's Bill' passed, making animal testing for cosmetics illegal.

As legislative aid to Congress woman Sally Field, Elle must overcome preconceptions and struggle to make sense of the self-serving and ruthless political system.

Legally Blonde 2 is basically Legally Blonde 1 in a different location. Elle, with her permanently sunny disposition and in an array of bright, designer outfits, once again proves to us that she is not to be underestimated, that a kind word can bring a smile to the face of the most jaded and that a comprehensive knowledge of beauty treatments is invaluable in rooting out the bad guy. That's all fine and good but it's all just a re-hash and, frankly, the jokes weren't even that good first time round.

Bruiser in his leathers after the discovery of his homosexual leanings is amusing, as is Field coming over all Wicked Witch of the West. Yet, while Witherspoon is in fine, if undemanding, form, her supporting cast are wasted, especially Jennifer Coolidge as hairdresser Paulette and Bob Newhart as political-savvy doorman Sid. …

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