By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –
Legally Blonde remains one of the greatest comedic films ever made. Elle Woods is arguably Reese Witherspoon’s greatest role, and that character continues to inspire all people, and not just women. Originally conceived in print by Amanda Brown in the popular novel, Elle Woods serves as a great role model for those who have the audacity to challenge the status quo. Therefore, the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is actually a great follow-up to the original film, but this time it is bigger, bolder, and blonder!
This sequel is a great contemporary film because it directly addresses two key modern issues, which are animal rights and feminism. Part of the appeal of Elle’s character is that she is a strong and independent woman who would go to great lengths to stand up for what is right. *Spoiler for the original* Elle actually rejects her ex-boyfriend, Warner, at the end of the first film, and was named the class-elected speaker during the fictional Harvard graduation ceremony set during 2004.
After achieving that success, Elle heads straight to Washington, D.C. to stand up for the fair treatment of animals because her pet Chihuahua, Bruiser, falls victim to animal cruelty (specifically animal testing). The plot of this film is a great example of civil disobedience, which is a concept which the famed American writer Henry David Thoreau explored in the literary classic Walden that focuses on standing up for political rights and social equality in a respectful and non-violent manner. This film is a nice reminder about how people have the boldness to be themselves while also helping others in pursuit of their noble intentions.
In spite of the popularity of this beloved film series, the joke about Bruiser being a gay dog is a bit awkward. It is true that some animals in the natural world exhibit homosexual behavior, but that crude joke is one of the main reasons why this film earned its PG-13 rating. Sometimes people forget that human beings are animals, too, so this joke is not actually that far-fetched (pun intended).
One of the main problems with sequels is that the original film is oftentimes better than the subsequent films that follow it. There are some cases in which a remake or a sequel surpass the original, but that is all really a matter of opinion. Some might like this film, and others might not, but at least this film features an inspirational heroine who proves that women can just be as capable as their male counterparts.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time the color pink appears
Take a Drink: for every dumb blonde joke (which could be similar to the ones within the other films in this series)
Drink a Shot: every time Elle uses the phrase, “speak up” during her inspirational speech against the politicians
And Cheers: for the simple fact that this film advocates the rights of not just women, but for every living being in the world!