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on 17 October 2004
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. A passion for being successful and not letting anyone stand in the way, as one of the proffessors in the film said "If you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life... you're not the girl I thought you were". Now theres a metaphore for life.
Overall, 'Legally Blonde' really is a brilliant light hearted comedy that should not be analysised socially, legally, or sexually, but just accepted for what it is, an enjoyable movie that proves one thing; that blondes are not as dumb as people think!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 March 2011
Beverly Hills blonde Elle Woods seemingly has it all, the looks, the friends, the money and a wealthy boyfriend, Warner. But when she is dumped by her beau her world caves in. Jumping out of her depression she decides to follow Warner to Harvard Law School in the hope of winning him back. A complete fish out of water, Elle surprises everyone by proving to be a hit with her unorthodox, blonde methods.

A monster hit that took many by surprise {it made a staggering Worldwide profit of nearly $124 million}, Legally Blonde stars Reese Witherspoon {Elle}, Luke Wilson {Emmett}, Selma Blair {Vivian} and Matthew Davis {Warner}. It's directed by Robert Luketic and is adapted by Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith from Amanda Brown's novel.

Essentially a film that's outcome is never in doubt, Legally Blonde became the success it was on account of Witherspoon's impressive performance and the fact the writers never resort to dumb frat humour to get its laughs. Yes all characters are stereotypes, Elle and her friends are spoilt bubble-heads and the Harvard Law crowd are boorish stiffs. Yet once Elle gets to Harvard, in a blaze of shocking pink and with token Paris Hilton dog in tow, she proves to be resourceful. And the fact that she's very much alone, means she becomes a character the audience can quickly get on side with. Her solitude as she is shunned by the so called next generation law elite, only strengthens her resolve, and thanks to Witherspoon's engaging turn, we are with her all the way. Good support comes from Wilson and Blair, while Ali Larter adds some sexy spice as we get to the inevitable court room finale.

Simple without being stupid, Legally Blonde is an easy film to like and enjoy. 7/10
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on 26 March 2002
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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I just can't help it, I absolutely love this film, I know I shouldn't, it's pink froth, but it's brilliant. Although definitely a chick-flick I can't find anything to complain about with this film, even though I want to!

I love the message that if you put your mind to it you can do anything you want - even if this is getting through Harvard Law School just to get to the man you love. Reese Witherspoon is a fantastic actress and really makes you warm to her character. The sub plot with Paulette is also absolutely briliant, delivering some of the funniest lines ever.

It's not a taxing film and most men are going to hate it, but for a girls night in or a Saturday afternoon in front of the tv, you couldn't ask for more than this.
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As a middle-aged bloke, a ditzy, frothy blonde who dresses in designer pink and who has as a pet a Chihuahua, who also dressed in pink would have me running for the hills, screaming and violently pulling out my own fingernails.

Unless it's Reese Witherspoon, for whom I do have a soft spot for especially when she's exactly like Miss Elle Woods here. The story itself is really rather far-fetched but even this aspect is sort of sorted by some generous bending of unwritten rules and smart legal jargon.

Legally Blonde will always work better for me, when Miss Woods is gaily arranging sorority parties and being just ridiculously OTT about fashion choices and tartly responding when others try and make her look ridiculous. This comic timing is perfectly suited to the bubbly and vibrant Witherspoon and she remains a tonic throughout.

The court case that she falls into defending might be essential to the story of how she gets her legal qualifications and to prove all her doubters totally wrong, but for me, this plays second fiddle to the comedy I mention. The romance angle, an essential premise, as at the start, her boyfriend Warner, who she was absolutely sure was going to propose to her, dumps her, essentially because she's a 'dumb' blonde.

He's off to Harvard and so, naturally, Elle scrapes through the preliminaries with the skimpiest of appropriate qualifications (majoring in obscure fashion, for example) so that he could no longer hold that reason against her. He, though, is already dating the surly Selma Blair.

I've probably seen Legally... three times now. The sequel/s don't command any great affection for me but this original is one that is both a great comedy and has a real feel-good factor too, without resorting to the gross-out and toilet humour that's unfortunately seen as an essential ingredient in today's US comedies.
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My Thoughts:

If you're looking for a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, is full of funny girly moments that are eye-rollable but still laughable, then Legally Blonde is probably your cup of tea. Reese Witherspoon portrays a 'Paris Hiltonesque' socialite type but outside of the stereotypical role, is much more agreeable, and likeable than the character was originally written in the book (which makes the movie much more popular than the novel ever was).

Reese Witherspoon's performance is bubbly, upbeat, and surprisingly adorable as a wealthy, confident, stunning socialite who, despite what people tell her, will strive 110% to achieve her goals and will not let herself be pigeon-holed as a dumb-blonde. Although this is a comedy that seems pretty shallow with it's use of designer clothes and hairdos, catty determination and obsessive behaviour at every opportunity, it has some pretty strong and positive messages about the error of making judgements about people, believing in others, and most importantly believing in yourself.

A good film with minimal bad language which is pretty good for girls aged around 10-14.

Plot:

Elle Woods, a rich socialite about to graduate from college with a degree of fashion merchandising and design, has the ideal life: she's beautiful, popular, the president of her Sorority, she has a high GPA, and the perfect boyfriend. So perfect is her relationship with beau Warner, that she becomes absolutely and delightedly convinced that she is about to become engaged.

However, instead of the marriage proposal Elle was expecting, Warner surprises her at a romantic candlelit dinner with the news that if he wants to secure a future in politics, he has to be with a woman that people can take seriously (A Jackie O, Not a Marilyn Monroe), which subsequently means dumping Elle before he heads off to Law School.

Heartbroken, Elle falls into a deep depression that even the promise of a manicure can't lift but eventually comes to the conclusion that if she can become a serious law student at Harvard (where Warner will be attending) she can prove how serious and mature she can be and win back the love of her life. Unfortunately even though she manages to get accepted, she soon discovers her bubbly personality, fashion sense and need to be liked doesn't fit in with Harvard life, the people or the subject matter...and to make matters worse, she discovers that Warren has already become engaged to another girl who just happens to be a classmate of hers.

Now, more than ever, Elle learns she must apply herself to prove how serious and dedicated she is about the one she loves...and as she throws herself into the world of law, she may just learn who she is meant to be.
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on 4 December 2015
Legally Blonde is a humorous movie that stars Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods. She ends up deciding to take up a career as a lawyer and go to law school after some changes that occurred in her life. What is A little embarrassing at first is that her ex-boyfriend Matthew Davis (Warner Huntington) is dating Vivian Kensington (a fellow law student) After Elle Admitted to him About Vivian giving her a hard time. Fortunately, Elle has people in her life who can count as allies such as Emmett Richmond (Luke Wilson) and Paulette Bonaparte (Jennifer Coolidge). Of course, there are more actors, actresses, and plotlines to Legally Blonde but my intuition and logic steered me away from providing more details out of my concern that I would reveal too much of the plot and script outline of Legally Blonde. However, I will say, as an aspiring writer/scriptwriter I enjoyed that the character of Elle refused to let anyone place in her box and she voluntarily pushed herself out of her comfort zone to experience professional and psychological growth when she could have easily coasted on her looks (as what some of the other characters of Legally Blonde were trying to get her to do). Additionally, Legally Blonde served as a playful and fun reminder to me to keep striving to live up to my potential regardless of how I’m perceived for doing so.
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on 4 April 2006
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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on 17 April 2016
Enjoyable comedy drama with a serious message at it's heart. Elle Woods arrives at Harvard Law School with the intention of becoming serious enough to win back her ex. She is intelligent enough to get in, however her the first impression of her peers makes life difficult for Elle - until she realises she actually has an aptitude for law and everything starts to change. A brilliant, feel good film that never fails to cheer me up.
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on 8 May 2004
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. However, for a chick flick this is actually surprisingly good. It is a thoroughly likeable, feel-good movie that will make you laugh- and even guys should be able to get something out of this film. And Reese Witherspoon, for the record, is not just a pretty blonde, she's actually a very good actress, who has got onto the Hollywood A-list by merit(as shown not least by this film).
So what to make of Legally Blonde? I'd say this is "legally proficient" (read: very good). If there is a message to be learnt from this film, it is don't judge a blonde by her hair! For this is better than your average film...
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