For the Reese Witherspoon comedy, Legally Blonde, I would like to begin my opening statement with a true story: This review is being written on July 13, 2001... Friday the 13th. Where was I on friday the 13th, you ask? Why, I was at the movies, of course! Upon reaching the local megaplex, my choice of film was still undecided. Now, Scary Movie 2 seems the appropriate movie to view on friday the 13th, but something drew me toward Legally Blonde instead. The fact that it was the 13th did not enter into my decision, and I never thought anything unlucky would happen because of it.
So, there I was in a three-quarters-full theatre, watching a film about some ditzy blonde wanting to become a lawyer to win back her snobby boyfriend. The movie began much like I had expected, as a sort of sorority house version of Clueless. Reese Witherspoon was as cute, perky and pouty as ever and there were many amusing moments. About 25 minutes in, with Reese at full blondeness, the film stopped and a loud voice from behind called out, "Everyone remain calm, but the building is on fire - please evacuate the theatre through the main exits in an orderly manner!" Yes, it was friday the 13th and I actually got to experience what really happens when someone yells, "Fire!" in a crowded movie house! I mention this because, believe it or not, Legally Blonde was entertaining enough that people actually went, "Awwww!", and did not want to leave their seats! Never mind that acrid smelling smoke was now wafting in over the audience or that a bunch of guys in very unfashionable bright yellow uniforms were beginning to hose down everything in sight, we wanted to see this movie! Anyway, I believe this to be absolute proof that Legally Blonde is a good movie, and yes, there were many non-blondes in that death-defying audience. Luckily, the fire was extinguished and we all survived to see a later showing.
Okay then, now that I've seen this movie almost one and a half times, here's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Legally Blonde. As stated above, Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a blonde's blonde who is desperately in love with her boyfriend Warner, played by Matthew Davis. Elle is so in love that, when Warner goes to Harvard Law School, she applies there just to be near enough to him to prove that she's the kind of girl he should marry.
Strangely enough, evidence of character development and plot twists follow, along with a good amount of clever humor and fine acting. Reese turns in an excellent performance, as always. The obvious route for a comedy such as this would be for Elle to fake her way into Harvard, utilizing her many blonde charms along the way. On the contrary, Elle actually tries really hard to get into Harvard, has complete faith in who she is, and genuinely wants to succeed based on her own intellectual merits. Whoa, I never saw that coming!
I must object to how this character was written! Did these Hollywood writers think they could get away with creating likeable, well rounded characters in what should be a one-dimensional piece of bubbly fluff? How can they expect today's moviegoers to choose which movies to waste their hard earned money on if they can't stay predictably lame with their concepts? These filmmakers are guilty of giving the audience credit for having minds of their own! Oh, wait... Objection retracted, those are good things, my mistake.
So, let the record show that I liked this one. It's entertaining and funny, has a great theme of believing in one's self, and proves that while blondes may not always have more fun, they usually are more fun. See Legally Blonde with your favorite!
Directed By: Robert Luketic
Written By: Amanda Brown, Karen McCullah
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber,
Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter, Jessica Cauffiel, Alanna Ubach
Rated: PG-13 (Language / Sexual References)
Running Time: 92 Min.