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Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 July 2001 (USA)
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.

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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. Written by vanessawhistler1971@hotmail.com

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,377,426 (USA) (13 July 2001)

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$95,001,351 (USA) (19 October 2001)
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Trivia

The Broadway musical based on the movie opened at the Palace Theater on April 29, 2007 and has run for 595 performances closing on October 19, 2008. The musical was written by Laurence O'Keefe, with Laura Bell Bundy starring as Elle Woods. Ms. Bundy was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Actress in a Musical. See more »

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We know that Elle and Warner are both in Callahan's class together, but that Warner is not in Stromwell's class with Elle. However, Harvard, like most law schools, divides its first year class into sections that take every class together. Warner should either be in all of the same classes as Elle or none of them. See more »

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Elle: Hi. I'm Elle Woods and this is Bruiser Woods. We're both Gemini vegetarians.
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Soundtracks

Sex Machine
Written by James Brown, Bobby Byrd and Ronald R. Lenhoff
Performed by Mya
Produced by Rockwilder and E. Dawk
Under license from A&M Records
Contains sample of "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Clueless Goes to Harvard
29 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In `Legally Blonde,' – which could well be re-titled `Clueless Goes to Harvard' - the delightful Reese Witherspoon stars as a ditzy, fashion-obsessed airhead who winds up (through plot complications too elaborate to go through) taking that Ivy League law school by storm. Needless to say, there is not a single believable moment in the film, but that is generally the case with most fish-out-of-water scenarios anyway. What `Legally Blonde' does have is a warm spirit, a bubbly demeanor and a breezy charm that reflect to a tee the personality of its main character.

Although the film does not exhibit the same level of comic genius we found in `Clueless,' Witherspoon's letter-perfect rendition of the bubblehead stereotype earns the film a great deal of audience goodwill, a factor that helps us to get over some of the movie's flatter moments. For indeed, throughout the course of this tale, we do hit a number of arid stretches where we feel that we should be laughing an awful lot more than we are. In fact, `Legally Blonde' occasionally feels more like a concept in search of a movie than a full-fledged work in its own right. But, just as you are about to give up on it, the filmmakers hit upon a hilarious concept, sight gag or line of dialogue, which help to set the movie back on track.

Clearly, Witherspoon is the big selling point of this film. As an actress, she exudes such an air of intelligence, confidence and compassionate goodwill that she invests even her dumb blonde character with those seemingly paradoxical traits. `Legally Blonde' isn't always at the top of its form, but Witherspoon wins the case for the film hands down anyway.


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