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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (also referred to simply as Legally Blonde 2) is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld and written by Kate Kondell. It is a sequel to the 2001 film Legally Blonde and the second film in the Legally Blonde series. It stars Reese Witherspoon (who also served as the film s executive producer) alongside an ensemble cast featuring Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Bruce McGill, Dana Ivey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bob Newhart, and Luke Wilson, with Coolidge and Wilson reprising their roles from the first film.
Although the story is set in Washington, D.C., the film was shot in the offices at Vivint 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 on Washington buildings were scale models built by the crew.
The film opened on July 2, 2003, to generally negative reviews from critics. Nevertheless, it was a box office success, grossing $125 million worldwide.
After the events of Legally Blonde, Elle Woods wants her Chihuahua, Bruiser, to reunite with his mother, because she would like her to attend her wedding to Emmett. Elle hires a detective to find Bruiser s mother, only to discover that the owner of her dog s mother is C est Magnifique, a cosmetics company that uses Bruiser s mother for testing . She finds out that her law firm represents the corporation and when she urges the firm to drop them as a client, she is fired.
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. 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, 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.)
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.
Elle discovers that Bruiser is actually gay, after she is paged by The Paws That Refreshes: A Doggy Day Spa . He has been affectionate with Leslie, a Rottweiller owned by Congressman Stan Marks, the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce which has jurisdiction over Bruiser s Bill. Elle also finds that Congresswoman Libby Hauser, the Ranking Member of the same committee, was a member of Elle s sorority Delta Nu. 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. She has been trying 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 thanks to her Chief of Staff, Grace Rossiter. She has a recorded conversation during which Rudd admits to Elle that she has been working against Bruiser s Bill in order to help her sponsors who want to continue testing 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. Bruiser s mother and the rest of the dogs are released by C est Magnifique Corporation.
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 Paulette s husband. Emmett asks Elle where she wants to live since they are now a married couple, and he goes on to suggest the cities of Boston, New York City, and Washington DC. Elle glances at the White House, winking at the camera as the movie ends.
- Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods
- Moonie as Bruiser Woods
- Sally Field as Victoria Rudd
- Regina King as Grace Rossiter
- Jennifer Coolidge as Paulette Bonafonté
- Luke Wilson as Emmett Richmond
- Bob Newhart as Sid Post
- Bruce McGill as Stan Marks
- Dana Ivey as Libby Hauser
- Jessica Cauffiel as Margot Chapman
- Alanna Ubach as Serena McGuire
- Gidget as Bruiser s Mom
- Bruce Thomas as UPS Guy
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Reena Giuliani
- J. Barton as Timothy McGinn
- Sam Pancake as Kevin
- Jennifer Tisdale as Tiffany
- Octavia Spencer as Security Guard
- Sarah Shahi (uncredited) as Becky
- Masi Oka (uncredited) as Congressional Intern
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 36% based on 159 reviews, with an average rating 4.9/10. The site s critical consensus states: This blonde joke is less funny the second time around. On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 47 based on 39 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of B on scale of A+ to F. The film came in at number 21 on Entertainment Weekly s Top 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made (2006).
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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde 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 the film 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 film, Sweet Home Alabama.
|Legally Blonde 2:
Red, White & Blonde –
Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Soundtrack album by
|Released||July 1, 2003|
|Singles from Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde – Motion Picture Soundtrack|
A soundtrack for the film was released on July 1, 2003, by Curb Records. 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.
|1.||We Can||LeAnn Rimes||3:40|
|3.||Atomic Dog (Dogs of the World Unite Remix)||George Clinton (featuring Coolio)||4:23|
|4.||Me Against the World||Superchick||2:58|
|5.||I m Just a Bill||Deluxx Folk Implosion||3:26|
|6.||Sisters Are Doin It for Themselves||Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin||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|
|11.||We Can (American Mix)||LeAnn Rimes||3:36|
|Plot||Elle Woods heads to Washington, D.C. to join the staff of a Representative in order to pass a bill to ban animal testing.|
|Awards||Awards, 3 wins & 5 nominations|
|Writers||Amanda Brown, Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake|
|Stars||Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Bob Newhart|
|Produced by||David Nicksay,Marc Platt,Jennifer Simpson,Stephen Traxler,Reese Witherspoon|
|Music by||Rolfe Kent|
|Cinematography by||Elliot Davis|
|Film Editing by||Peter Teschner|
|Casting By||Joseph Middleton|
|Production Design by||Missy Stewart|
|Art Direction by||Mark Worthington|
|Set Decoration by||K.C. Fox|
|Costume Design by||Sophie De Rakoff|
|Makeup Department||Katherine James,Loretta James-Demasi,Art Luna,Cheri Montesanto,Anne Morgan,Edward Morrison,Stephen Robinette,Toni-Ann Walker,Brad Wilder,Petrice Bankhead|
|Production Management||David Nicksay|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Marisol Ari Oyola,George Parra,Ruben Flores Rios II,Robert Rooy,Nick Satriano,Susan E. Walter,Stephen Traxler|
|Art Department||Tom Altobello,Rachel Beers,Cliff Berns,Eric Bryant,Shannon Curfman,Elixandro Diaz Jr.,Wendy Drapanas,Gregonio P. Galicia,Stephanie Gilliam,Darryl Henley,Kristen McCarron,Aya Morton,Frank Musitelle,Patricia Owen,Lars Petersen,Stuart Rankine,Cynthia C. Rebman,Eric Reichardt,Lee Ross,Brooke Sartorius,John L. Sullivan,Chris Ubick,Steven C. Voll,Craig Zumbroegel,Matt Callahan,Melanie S. Chretin,Matthew D. Egan,Paulette Fox,Mary E. Gullickson,Jason Dock Harrell,Roger B. Henry,Barry Jones,Richard Martinez,Robert Cass McEntee,Kristie Moore,Christopher Morente,Rocco Francesco Paolone,Ira Proctor,Keith Sale,Sharon Speller,Alexx Thompson|
|Sound Department||Richard L. Anderson,David Bach,Matthew C. Beville,Mike Chock,James Christopher,Vincent Cirilli,Mark Coffey,Gary Gegan,Matthew Iadarola,Robert Jackson,Thomas Jones,Shawn Kennelly,Laura Macias,Michael A. Morongell,Piero Mura,Kim H. Ornitz,Bryan Pennington,Jesse Pomeroy,Bud Raymond,Sean Rowe,Martin Schloemer,Reuben Simon,Mychal Smith,Ralph Stuart,Marvin Walowitz,Howard London,Chris Navarro|
|Special Effects by||Phil Cory,Steve Riley|
|Visual Effects by||David Behar,Franklin Cofod,Victor DiMichina,Kevin Fisher,Jim Gorman,Mike Hardison,Bruce Harris,Bonnie Kanner,Christopher Keith,Brian A. Lamb,Jeff Matakovich,John R. McConnell,Ray McIntyre Jr.,Liz Radley,Alfredo Ramirez,Ray Scalice,Kevin Struckman,Steven Fagerquist,James David Hattin,Kyle J. Healey,Jason Hill,Daryl Klein,Derek Ledbetter,Mike Pemberton,Sharmishtha Sohoni,Deborah Wiltman|
|Stunts||Tom Elliott,Rick Kain,Paul Majors|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Roger Awad,Joseph E. Bates,Kevin Blauvelt,Ted Caloroso,Mike Connors,Gary Dagg,Sam Emerson,David Galbraith,Yuri Karjane,Kevin Kennedy,James LeBlanc,Josh Levy,Jon Lindsay,Brian Lukas,Duane Charles Manwiller,Jeff Murrell,Jason Rez,Bruce Robinson,Kyle Rudolph,Rodney Veto,Thomas D. Wazney,Douglas Arnold,Brian Bartolini,Glenn Brown,Michael Chambliss,Henry Christian III,Eddie Cordero,Chris Cuevas,Ronald De Torres,Andrew Dumas,Sean Ginn,Adam Glick,Russell Griffith,Chris Hathaway,Kieran KC Illes,Simon Jayes,Jimi Johnson,Christian J. Killingsworth,John Monsour,Rick Page,Wadsworth Peters,Brendon Phillips,H. Chris Sorensen,Mark Walpole|
|Casting Department||Stacie Goodman,Terence Harris,Marisa Lynch,Warren Workman,James Bereece|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Conan Castro Jr.,Carrie Hollinger,Mary C. Lane,Maya Lieberman,Marina Ray,Beverley Woods,Anthony Almaraz,Christine Bieselin Clark,Jody Felz,Erika Munro|
|Editorial Department||Ricky Andres,Gary Burritt,Valance Eisleben,Angela Hutchinson,Nina Kawasaki,Mike Milliken,Jay Steinberg,Tim Vincent,John Potter,Jon Thompson|
|Location Management||Kristi Frankenheimer,Peggy Pridemore,Leslie Romenesko,Eva M. Schroeder,Pamella D Pella,T. De Luca,John Latenser V,Jennifer Miller,David B. Smith,Tommy Woodard|
|Music Department||Tony Blondal,Anita Camarata,Stephen Coleman,Shannon Erbe,Robert Fernandez,Gregory Geiger,Larry Groupé,Sid Page,Ryan Robinson,Dan Savant,Nick South,Kerry Wikstrom,Jeff Bunnell,Vince Caro,John Rodd|
|Script and Continuity Department||Susan Malerstein-Watkins|
|Transportation Department||Sheila Mandel,Randy Peters,Candace Wells,Gina August,William Fleet Eakland,Joey Freitas,Ronald Hooker,Brett Miller,Richard P. Pecora,Sean C. Ryan,Christopher Weippert|
|Additional Crew||Travis Avitabile,Jeanine Barry,Christina Barton,Toni Basil,Rachel Bati,John Berlin,Kevin Berman,Samuel Bokebza,Sue Bokobza,Maxine Brooks,Terry Brown,Sue Chipperton,Karen Leigh Crutcher,Lisa Davis,Shelley Davis,Deborah Dellosso,James Dew,Doris Donnenberg,Steven Espinosa,Peter Evangelatos,Cheryl Ferraro,Jordan Brendan Finnegan,Brendon Fong,Maggie Ford,Nancy Fuller,Delores Gilbeaux,Israel Gordan,James Henderson,Kimberly Kleinman,Meti Kusari,Joey Levy,Troy Lewis,Jana Lundy,Robert Martinez,Michael G. Maurer,Thomas John McGowan,David Meyers,Tina Nelson Hill,Pamela Palmer-DoQui,Brice Potthoff Jr.,Rachael Robertson,Shannon Rupe,John Sanchez,Christina Sheldon,Linda Silverstein,Deborah Simmrin,Rebecca Snavely,Sarah Spearing,Andrew Trosmans,Stacy Underhill,Victor Valencia,Rebecca Whitesell LaFond,Adam Wilkins,Ben Wray,Jonathan Wysocki,Doug Byers,Julie Cummings,David W. Dale,Phil DeSanti,Scott Foster,Adam Jordan,Eric Kops,Ross L. Kulma,Lorena Mascarell,Leanne Milner,Daryl Olson,Margaret J. Orlando,Steven Puglia,Bea S. Rembeczky,Cheryl Ryan,Holly McGreevy Scott,Ron Segro,Frederick Shear,Sabrina Somma,Chris Sprister,Linda Sypien,Jonathan Theriault,Aaron Walrod|
|Companies||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Marc Platt Productions, Type A Films|
|Keywords||congresswoman,transvestism,the white house,washington monument washington d.c.,naivete|