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MTV Movie Awards: Reese Witherspoon has a message for the youngsters

June 5, 2011 |  8:00 pm

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Amid the raunch at the MTV Movie Awards, the most interesting moment was the speech by Reese Witherspoon, who was given this year's Generation Award — yes, for MTV, Witherspoon is like the Katharine Hepburn of the Facebook era. The 35-year-old star of "Election" actually introduced a serious comment into the parade of the purient.

She said she was "trying to make it cool" to be a "good girl" and pointed out that hard work, talent and persistence are better than scandal when it comes to making a reputation. "It's possible," she added, " to make it in Hollywood without a reality show."

But then, Witherspoon also used a variation on the f-bomb during her speech — these are the mixed messages of a complicated age.

— Geoff Boucher

Photo: Reese Witherspoon arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.