Australian Council on Children and the Media

Legally Blonde 2

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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Lang. Themes.)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Legally Blonde 2
  • a review of Legally Blonde 2 completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 September 2003.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 While there is nothing scary or violent in this movie, due to its content it is not recommended for children under 8.
Children aged 8-13 Children 8-13 should be okay to see this movie with some parental guidance.
Children over the age of 13 Children over 13 should be okay with or without parental guidance depending on parentsu2019 interpretation of the content.

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Legally Blonde 2
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Low level coarse language
Length 95 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

The sequel to Legally Blonde finds Elle Woods, “the girl with a French manicure and a Harvard Law Degree”, making grandiose plans for her upcoming wedding to Emmett. However when she decides to invite her pet Chihuahua Bruiser’s mother to the wedding, she has to hire a private detective to locate her. He manages to track her down in a laboratory where she is being used for animal experimentation. This turns Elle into an avid animal liberator which causes her to be fired from her new position in a law firm. She travels to Washington to propose a new bill seeking freedom for animals and secures a position with a law firm there. Her new boss, Victoria Rudd, seemingly helps Elle along the way, but is in reality opposed to the bill.

Elle teams up with the hotel doorman who helps her write the new bill. She then has to find enough support in congress to get the bill passed which proves to be quite a challenge for Elle. She calls in her Delta Nu sorority sisters to help with her campaign and discovers that one of the judges was also a Delta Nu girl.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is no violence in this movie.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

There is nothing scary in this movie.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

There is nothing scary in this movie.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

There is nothing scary in this movie.

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

There is nothing scary in this movie.

Sexual references

There is some mild sexual humour and a sexual reference in regards to the dog Bruiser who is apparently gay. When Elle goes to pick him up from ‘dog care’ the carer tells her that the Rottweiler has been ‘humping’ him.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern.

Use of substances

There is some smoking of cigarettes and drinking of alcohol.

Coarse language

There is some low level coarse language including the frequent use of ‘Oh my God’ and one use of ‘Holy Crap’.

In a nutshell

There is no take-home message from this movie other than that women are completely dumb.

Values parents may wish to encourage include:

  • concern for animal rights

Values parents may wish to discourage include:

  • women are dumb
  • clothing, make-up, hairstyles etc. are more important than real issues
  • betrayal

 

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