Legally Blonde

Directed by Robert Luketic
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Jennifer Coolidge.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual references.

Review by Lauren Snyder <>
July 20, 2001

Legally Blonde, from its peroxide-fabulous star Reese Witherspoon, to her array of pink frocks, to the feel-good storyline, is a great summer chick flick. In fact, it's everything you want a summer film to be: funny, nice to look at, with an interesting storyline and a happy ending (aw, come on, you knew there would be a happy ending!). I liked it to the point where I stopped taking notes for this review and just watched it. This is not really a film to criticise, it's a film to experience and enjoy.

From the opening close-up of Elle Woods' (Witherspoon) flaxen locks, to the loving focus on a stack of Cosmopolitan magazines, to the male-fantasy-esque glimpse of sorority life in the first few minutes, we know not to take this movie too seriously. And yet, thank goodness for Reese Witherspoon, who gives it just the right amount of levity and seriousness. I didn't question for a second why I should care about the protagonist because it's obvious that she has more depth than her Delta Nu sisters or her designer-sheathed exterior would suggest.

When Elle is dumped by future senator Warner (Matthew Davis), she is determined to be the Jackie Kennedy he wants, and works her way into Harvard Law. Away from the protective cocoon that is her California lifestyle, Elle struggles to fit in with the dour, sad sack law students around her. As those who've read my previous reviews know, I don't like to go into great plot detail, so I'll stop now. Anyway, how important is plot in a film like this? (Though, surprisingly, the film's pretty well-written.)

See this movie for Reese, for wonderfully bitchy Selma Blair, for leading man Luke Wilson, and the wonderfully funny Jennifer Coolidge. See it for the cute dogs and super costumes. But above all, see it for a nice summer day.

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