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Legally Blonde (2001)

This summer go blonde!

Original Title : Legally Blonde
Director : Robert Luketic
Writer : Amanda Brown
Karen McCullah Lutz
Kirsten Smith
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Ric Kidney , Christian McLaughlin , David Nicksay , Marc E. Platt
Music : Rolfe Kent
Diane Warren
Photography : Anthony B. Richmond
Distributor : 20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references.
IMDB ID : 0250494
Official site : http://www.legallyblonde.com/
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poster for "Legally Blonde" by Robert Luketic (2001)
Legally Blonde (2001) - Robert Luketic
 

Starring

Reese Witherspoon Elle Woods
Luke Wilson Emmett
Luke Wilson Emmett
 

Plot

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner (Matthew Davis) from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. Growing up across the street from Aaron Spelling might mean something in LA, but nothing to Warner's East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall. Elle must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities everyday.
 

Comments

Quite fun but really unmemorable fluff that passes through you like prunes Elle Woods is a typical Valley girl who is completing her fashion major. She prepares for a date with her high-school boyfriend thinking that he is going to propose to her. However he dumps her in the hope of getting a "more appropriate" girlfriend to help his ambitious at Harvard and beyond. Elle is destroyed but realises that if she gets into Harvard then she will be able to win him back. Studying hard she gets in with high scores but finds that her Valley lifestyle doesn't quite fit with those around her - but she stays herself and struggles to overcome her image as a dumb blonde. I got this on loan from a friend for free so I figured I'd give it a shot. This type of silly comedy isn't really by thing at all. The plot is basically a write-off from day one. I know that in essence there's nothing stopping a valley girl with a fashion major doing law at Harvard but Elle's rise to power is too hard to swallow even in this type of comedy. The final court case (despite being wholly unlikely) is enjoyable but again, Elle only seems to be good at law when issues of style are major case points - does no-one else notice that this is the only thing she's good at!? The romance story is OK and the whole film handles itself well with a light bubbly feel to it, I never found it laugh out loud funny but it was nice and silly for 90 minutes. Witherspoon is well cast but I did find it difficult to get behind a girl who had everything given to her on a plate. The film holds her up as a sympathy figure - "oh look the students are making fun of her". That's fine but the film also makes fun of the students who have done worthy things and have had to slave to get to Harvard - no sympathy for them? Wilson is always worth a watch despite having nothing much to do. Blair is good in a clichéd part while Garber's value is summed up by the fact that I only found him amusing by being familiar with his Alias character! Overall this is an enjoyable piece of fluff. Many will be put off by the total lack of logic or story but plenty will enjoy as a silly waste of 90 minutes. I must say I didn't find it very funny but it was breezy enough to be fun and then be forgotten. To give you an idea of how fluffy and unmemorable it is - I only saw it 12 hours ago but am struggling to write a good review because it's already slipping out of my mind....still passed the time though!
 
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