Legally Blonde (2001)
USA / English
"This summer go blonde! "When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.
Born to be blonde.
Take it from me, I hate "Girl-Power". From the female motivation of
being stronger and more powerful, the "Girl-Power" genre never appealed
to us men. Suffering occurs when this sub-genre is inserted with chick
flicks. During dates, men have to go witness these bantering, young
(and a lot of the time anorexic) woman who cheer for whatever the hell
there are cheering for in the movie. Even some of the time, some men
have the free time to view these enigmatic acts voluntarily as they
explore the unknown attitudes and motives of these women who are
classed as "girly". Girl Power however has become a thing of the past
and is dyeing fast seeing that the Spice Girls revolution ended years
Still to this day, we see these movies being made and headed by the
teenyboppers who have taken many MINUTES of attention away from
Hollywood (i.e. Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan). However, when it comes to
chick flicks, there can be substantial surprises.
Well "substantial" is a bit of an overstatement however Legally Blonde
was a slightly pleasant surprise. When my sister picked up a copy of
Legally Blonde, I wasn't that interested. "Typical Chick Flick." I said
to myself. However when the film ended, it actually was pretty good.
Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a sorority queen from Beverly
Hills. She is the typical dumb blonde, I mean if there were any example
of a girl of this category, Elle Woods would be it (and Reese
Witherspoon nailed the performance). She has everything, friends,
make-up, and all that girly crap. However when her "perfect boyfriend"
(Matthew Davis) dumps her after she originally thought he'd purpose to
her, she falls apart. The news spreads so fast in her girl club it's
not even funny. The thing that is sad is this kind of thing is true in
real life as there truly is some kind of girl system that spreads
"vital" and "shocking" info within minutes. *Shudder* *Shudder*.
So her ex-boyfriend moves to Boston to continue his family legacy of
law as he's accepted to go to Harvard and become a lawyer. As a
desperate attempt to win his heart back, Elle takes the qualifying
exams to get accepted as a lawyer and drops her dreams of becoming a
fashion specialist. When she gets accepted, she moves to Boston and
sticks out like a sore thumb as she dresses for school like a fashion
model. However, her attention attracts friends and she learns the law
ropes. When a case of an exercise expert is accused of killing her
husband, Elle's professor and his best students get to use this real
life case as a final test. The students include Elle, her ex-boyfriend
Warner, and Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair). Luke Wilson plays the
older law student named Emmett Richmond who helps the class and starts
becoming good friends with Elle. Finally, Jennifer Coolidge plays
Paulette Bonafonté, a beauty shop employee who becomes fast friends
with Elle when she needs her weekly dose of nail polish and whatever.
The thing about Legally Blonde is that it isn't a stereotypical film as
it avoids most of those elements. It has some solid comedy and good
performances, especially from Luke Wilson's charm brought. One of the
film's last scenes shows the cleverness Elle learned as her fashion
skills pay off with her newly acquired law skills.
Overall, Legally Blonde isn't just a stereotyped chick flick, as many
would assume. It's also a good comedy for men too as it combines a good
law film with a film for many women to enjoy. The film lacks and drags
but it is pleasantly surprising with its appeal to men as well. It's
not even guilty pleasure material; it's just surprisingly watchable.
Legally Blonde will bring the blonde out of all of us as we witness a
not-so-dumb blonde in law action both in and out of the courtroom.
My Rating: 6/10
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