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Legally Blonde [DVD] [2001]

Reese Witherspoon|Luke Wilson|Selma Blair|Matthew Davis , Robert Luketic    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Reese Witherspoon|Luke Wilson|Selma Blair|Matthew Davis
  • Directors: Robert Luketic
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, Czech, Croatian, Slovene
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDP5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An extraordinary comic performance from Reese Witherspoon makes Legally Blonde a winner. Witherspoon’s Elle is a ditzy blonde forced by circumstances to metamorphose into a strong-minded and academic lawyer, without losing her strong sense of self in the process. After majoring in fashion sales, she applies to Harvard Law School to pursue the boy who jilted her, and discovers that she is smart as well as beautiful.

Much of this is standard fish-out-of-water fare, with drab "intellectuals" snubbing the colourful and well-meaning Elle. Yet feminists will be disconcerted to discover that, apparently, a life of manicures and accessorising will teach you as much about female solidarity as decades of consciousness-raising! Recruited to the defence team of a fitness guru, she takes the defendant’s innocence for granted rather than feeling superior to her. Gradually, she and her ex's new fiancée build a fragile friendship that matters to both of them; Selma Blair is excellent as the snobbish vulnerable Vivienne. It might be a predictable self-help fairytale, but it’s also well-observed, cute and funny.

On the DVD: the DVD is presented in 1.78:1 ratio with 5.1 Dolby digital sound as standard. The disc also comes with a wealth of features, including a documentary on the film's obsession with hairstyles--outlining the struggle to keep its heroine bleach blonde from day to day--and a bubbly commentary from Witherspoon and director Robert Luketic. There are also promos, a theatrical trailer and an optional trivia track. --Roz Kaveney

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Legally Blonde [DVD] [2001] [DVD] (2002); Robert Luketic

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Blondes??? 17 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
We all know the reutation that blondes have, and most of us have heard the jokes at some point, but i think that this film certainly puts all those to rest, and does in fact prove that blondes are not as dumb as some people might think.
Elle Wood is a happy, bubbly, fun-loving, not so dumb blonde who decides to study law at Harvard University in an attempt to win back her boyfriend who dumped her for somone more serious. At first she is given the cold shoulder by some of the snobby students for eing too dumb (and blonde) but with a burning passion to do well, she studies like mad and soon shows them a thing or two when she wins a murder trial.
Reese Witherspoon plays the sweet, fun-loving Elle, very well indeed and brings a chirpy light heartedness to the whole film which makes the audience warm to her immediately. Luke Wilson (the brother of Owen Wilson) plays Emmett Richmond the only person not to ingnore Elle when she arrives at Harvard. Selma Blair (who worked with Reece Witherspoon in 'Cruel Intentions') plays the very snobby new girlfriend of Warner, Vivian Kensington. Finally Matthew Davis plays the two faced bone head, Warner Huntington the third, who only wants a smart 'serious', and successful girl on his arm rather than one he loves. There are many more people in the film who were equally good in their roles, but i would be here all day.
As regards extras on this DVD, there are quite a few. Theres a featurette: The Hair That Ate Hollywood, a feature length audio commentry from the director Robert Luketic, several deleted scenes, and an original theatrical trailer. So theres plenty to keep the fans happy.
Although this film is of course about blondes and their intelligence, the thing that stuck me was that there was somthing much deeper.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last 26 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What a great little film. I rate this alongside other amiable comedies such as Liar Liar, 10 Things I Hate About You and Election as one of the most watchable, cliche-less, well acted and scripted comedies I have seen. It is not a classic film by any stretch of the imagination and it falls in the category of safe, formulaic comedies but it is certainly worth a watch, especially on video.
Reese Witherspoon is excellent, almost an antithesis of her character in Election, but playing the ditzy blonde par excellence, lending to her role so much heart that you really are won over by her despite the West Coast affectations that have marred so many teen comedies to date. This is NOT just another teen comedy. LB is a film that can be appreciated by anyone. It has little in the way of slapstick gags that made American Pie so accessible to younger teens and actually has a very clever (if formulaic) story with hundreds of little sub plots coming and going throughout. The relationship with her ex boyfriend's new fiancee is spot on, especially the way Elle endears herself to her by the end. The filibustering in the case she finally gets to defend is also inspired to a degree.
Yes, it is predictable and unbelievable but it does not pretend to be anything but an enjoyable hour and a half romp. All of the cast do superb jobs, the jokes are spot on (especially the catiness that exists between Elle and Veronica) and it actually makes you feel good, something that many, so-called, feel-good films do not. I will be buying it and watching it for a long time to come.
At last, amid all these many dire teen comedies comes a comedy that beats all the American Pies and Road Trips and Scary Movies that Hollywood can throw at us, hands down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth watching atleast once 4 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This was much better than I thought it would be. I expected it to be another boring old film were the girl just runs after the guy and they live happily ever after but instead I actually got quite intralled in it and wanted to find out I the girl would get her law degree. Reese Witherspoon plays the part very well and deserves all the credit for making the film a hit.
I now want to see Legally Blonde 2 but I hope I'm not disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally a great film 27 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Legally Blonde is one of those 'chick flick' films. However if you like a fun filled film, you most likely will love it. Reese Witherspoon plays a great part and inspires us all to be a lawyer just like her.
A great watch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy watching 9 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
I have always been a fan of Reese Witherspoon and this film did not dissapoint. Very simple, easy to follow storyline with an instantly likeable main character. What I liked most about this film is that Elle(Reese)is not one of those irratating overly dumb blondes, she is just misunderstood and blonde! The plot falls down a little in the romance department, the love-interest seems a little unbelievable and towards the end and it all ties together a little too fast which doesn't fit the flow of the film. But for a nice simple film to watch on a Sunday afternoon when you don't really want anything too taxing then this does hit the spot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Legally Blonde: Legally proficient! 8 May 2004
Format:DVD
Now I'm a guy, so I should have hated this film. Except rather surprisingly (since every other bloke I know hates it, makes blonde jokes or goes into giggles at any mention of it) I found this to be quite a good film. Okay, it is also very clichéd, entirely predictable and fluffy as a poodle(and it's why I haven't given it 5 stars)... but what made this film good was that:
1)The dialogue is incredibly funny in places. And I know everyone's mentioned it, but Warner's one liner "I need to marry a Jackie and not a Marilyn" is just priceless, fantastic. Whoever wrote that bit of the script was a genius, :)
2)Reece Wetherspoon is ideally cast as Elle- incredibly blonde and daffy on the surface, yet driven, determined and actually quite sharp deep down. The kind of girl that you underestimate at your peril. And what is more, Elle is an inherently optimistic- and attractive- character- no matter what obstacles are in the way(sneering fellow students, sexist lecturers, a fashion major etc etc), her optimism and her spirit get her through. That's not bad going.
3)The film does make a very valid point about the nature of being a lawyer- that it is not necessarily what you know but how you apply it that is important. Okay, so her knowledge of fashion techniques used to win the day is entirely expected, but if you are able to use any sort of knowledge to win a big case then that is really quite a priceless asset- the kind of thing that makes a good lawyer.
Now do not even think I am taking this as a serious film, I am not. To be honest, I can see why more girls (particularly of the blonde variety, lol ) would like it than guys like me; as it is very fluffy, very sentimental in places and very much aimed at the female clientèle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny DVD
I love this film and couldn't resist buying it. Updating my whole film collection at the moment with all my favourite films and this one will be perfect for a girls night in with... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely message.
I think this film has a lovely message that some people are deeper than they seem. Really good easy watching
Published 1 month ago by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars a smart woman
This is a ugly duckling film with a beautiful woman who goes to law school and transforms into a swan, funny touching and moving film
Published 1 month ago by kerry Lee biggs
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie!
No denying that its a girly film but this is one of reese witherspoons greatest! :) i havent seen the second movie though only because i heard that its not good
Published 2 months ago by suzannah
5.0 out of 5 stars top 10 film choice.
i love this film, cant say how many times i have watched it. reese witherspoon is so great, the girliness is so utterly fabulous and yet the message is definitely a feminist one,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by currer bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
A supper chick flick with bucket loads of feel good factor, Reece as usual is a great actress and pulls this one off with flare
Published 9 months ago by joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars great chic flic
watched this with my daughter and we both really enjoyed it. only agreed to watch it as i knew it had been made into a stage show so assumed it must have been half way reasonable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Honeybob
4.0 out of 5 stars All time fav
It's a great comedy/mic-take to put on in the back ground, with a really easy plot to follow. Reese Witherspoon portrays Elle effortlessly, making you love her more and more as the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by HFB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
Really worth owning. Great acting and a genuine moral to the story. A clean movie with a lot of good fashion things to keep your daughter very quiet for a couple of hours
Published 11 months ago by pop
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered as a gift - love the film
Purchased as a gift for my sister and neices as it just cheers us all up when they do "Bend and Snap" in the salon- Works everytime
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. S. E. Millward
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