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Legally Blonde (2001)


Is it really that easy to get into Harvard? Then, what the heck am I doing with my lame-o journalism degree!?!

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, but has one problem: No boyfriend. Why though? Well, because, according to him, she was “too blonde” for his liking. This automatically steers her career towards a different path where Elle decides that it’s time for her to study at Harvard Law, become a lawyer and, as a result of all this, win her man back. However, things are a lot harder than they may be this time around for Elle, especially when things aren’t handed-down to her right away, or even on a silver platter like she’s been so used to for all these years.

I gotta say, it’s been a long, long time since I last saw this flick and probably with good reason – it’s a total chick-flick that mostly deserves to be watched with gals around you (yes, Grand-moms count). But somehow, someway, I found myself chilling in my house all by my lonesome, one fine afternoon and decided to pop this in my “old school” DVD player and see how it does all of these years later. Thankfully, it still holds up, even though I still go by that golden-rule of needing a female next to me.

How most of my first dates go. Usually then followed by screaming, shouting, and wine thrown in my face.

How most of my first dates go. Usually then followed by excessive screaming, shouting, and wine thrown in my face.

God, I need to start going out more.

Anyway, Legally Blonde is one of those films that doesn’t really do anything new, original, or special with its premise, but doesn’t really need to because the fun of it is kind of in its simplicity. You get the plot you need, with the right amount of character-development on the side, and most of all, a nice array of laughs that can either totally blindside you by how actually funny they are, or are just worthy of a simple chuckle or two. Either way, it’s funny flick, that mostly gets by on its charm, as well as its characters who, although may be a bit one-note at first, do actually develop over time and we get to sort of care about as time goes on. Not too much, but just enough to where it’s okay to be interested in where this plot goes, for what reasons, and how it affects those involved.

I am definitely thinking a lot harder and deeper than this film than I should be, but so be it. Sometimes, it just happens and feels necessary, rather than just laying out why a movie works by simply saying, “Yeah, it’s funny and entertaining”. I mean, yeah, it is, but sometimes, there’s a little bit more reasoning as to why that is and here, I think it mostly has to do with the fact that these characters are a bit better-written then you’d expect them to be.

Take, for instance, the character of Elle Woods, in a star-making role from none other than Reese Witherspoon herself. Woods, the character, is your typical rich-girl cliche that every film pokes fun at – rich, stuck-up, always needs her hair to be done, always needs a pedicure, wants shiny things, has a keen eye for fashion, and constantly has a little pooch by her side. But surprisingly, the film doesn’t really poke too much fun at her for this and instead, has us sympathize with her and believe in her as she practically goes against everybody’s belief that the girl just didn’t have what it took to be a major lawyer, coming from the university of Harvard. Yes, it sounds pretty damn unbelievable, and in a way, still is, but this film definitely has you think otherwise for a good hour-and-a-half.

But the main reason why Woods works as well as she does, as a character, isn’t just because the movie treats her so gently, but it’s also because Witherspoon displays a great amount of charm and likability to her, that it’s almost way too hard to ignore. In today’s day and age, Witherspoon has definitely been a lot more miss, than hit as of late, which is why flicks like these are always nice little reminders that the girl is entertaining as hell to watch when she’s given good material, and isn’t trying too hard to play-up her klutzy, ditsy girl roles that seem to plague her in every rom-com she shows up in nowadays. She’s got great comedic-timing, looks quite gorgeous in the type of stuff she wears, and always seems like there’s a lot more to her than just beautiful blue eyes and long, blonde hair. That’s what everybody loved about Witherspoon in the first place and it makes me wish that she would just go back to that and give it a try once more.

Next week on, "Attorneys at Law"!

Tune in next week to see what happens next on, “Attorneys at Law“!

Just as long as that keeps herself away from pieces of junk like This Means War. Seriously, her, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy will never, ever be able to live that down from my point-of-view. I would also include McG in that list but who the hell cares about that dude.

Co-starring as her “love-interest of sorts” is Luke Wilson who really feels like he stumbled up on the set randomly and they just decided to let him go. Wilson is a good actor that has a great level of charm when he feels like showing it and is given the right script, but here, the guy feels terribly misused and sometimes come out of nowhere with some of his lines. It’s almost like he’s playing in the background the whole movie, only deciding to show up once they movie decided that they needed a romantic-interest for Witherspoon because you know, all girls need a guy when they’re searching for the right career-path that not only makes themselves happy, but gives them a bit of self-respect as well.

Oh, how some ancient social norms never seem to go away.

Consensus: Unoriginal, obvious, and sometimes, so cliche that you’ll wonder if the writers are even trying, but somehow, Legally Blonde gets by on its inherent charm, which has to do with some of the likable script, as well as Reese Witherspoon’s lovely portrayal of Elle Woods.

7 / 10 =Rental!!

Werk it, ladies!

Werk it, ladies!

Photo’s Credit to: Thecia.Com.Au

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10 responses to “Legally Blonde (2001)

  1. keith7198 December 1, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I have heard multiple times that I shouldn’t dismiss this film yet that’s exactly what I have done for years. I really need to see it.

  2. Nika Gigashvili (@nikashvili) December 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Good review Dan. I agree it entertains quite well and I have already seen it couple of times. I also find Reese’s performance charming and lovely. It’s her actually who makes this film work.

  3. Zoë December 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Great work here Dan! This is one of those stupid films that still has some charm, which is why it works.

  4. Wendell December 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This is one of those I’ve seen every part of, but never all at once. I always think its cute, but it never reality engages me. I’ll have to give its proper watch one of these days.

  5. Marshall December 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t think it is THAT clichéd…

  6. Jackie December 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Nice review. There is something irresistible about this movie and it’s nice to hear guys feel the same way about the movie as girls. I gave a more detailed review cuz it’s impossible not to go on and on about. So many great quotes, a great character arc. Reese Witherspoon hasn’t won my heart again quite in this same way.

  7. The Hot Rod December 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Dude, if you looked more like Reese Withoutaspoon than whatever the hell it is you’ve got going on there, I’d let you go to Harvard too!

    😉

  8. Lauren December 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Haha, it’s been a while since I’ve given this a view. Despite my inherent dislike of chick there is just something about this one that gets me going every time. Good review.

  9. Kristin December 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Haha, I LOVE this movie! I agree, it’s so charming, and Witherspoon sells it. I remember reading that she didn’t even want to take the role before because she preferred more dramatic roles and wasn’t sure she’d be able to play the ditzy Elle Woods. Glad she took it! I actually liked Luke Wilson in this movie. I rarely like him, and I don’t think he picks his roles well (or often gets asked to play very good characters), but I liked how he fit into the film. Nice review, Dan! Hope you find a girl to watch it with next time. 😉

  10. Java Girl December 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Looking forward to her latest film Wild. Will you be reviewing that one too? 🙂

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