Movies, Morals, and Misses

Maybe I’m in the minority, but when I go to the movies, I don’t expect to be beaten about the head with the morals the movie is trying to teach. In the case of Legally Blonde 2, that means I don’t care if Elle Woods manages to win a victory on behalf of the “helpless” and “voiceless” animals used in cosmetics testing by utilising her “feminine charms” and “girl power” to do, well, whatever the heck it was she did.

See, I’m all for women accomplishing important stuff. I’d be the first in line to vote for a female president. But I have to wonder what a movie like this is trying to teach teenage girls in America. Is the point that you can be cute, skinny, and successful whilst still appearing to be a complete ditz to anyone who happens to run into you on the street? If so, it begs the question: why on Earth would you want to appear to be such a ditz in the first place? Some people will probably accuse me of missing the whole point of the movie, which I readily admit: I don’t get this movie. Sure, it’s a clean way to waste two hours with teenaged daughters/sisters/cousins/whatever, but for my dad’s $15, I think my cousin and I could have found better entertainment.

Oh, and Bob Newhart is completely wasted in his role as a doorman at a major Washington hotel. There was so much more the producers could have done with his character.

posted by Chris on 03 July 2003 at 0021 in entertainment

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