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Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  13 July 2001 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

13 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$953,084 (France) (21 December 2001)

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As agreed in her contract, Reese Witherspoon kept all of her costumes after filming. See more »


When a witness is testifying in a trial, they are only sworn in once, before they are questioned. If they retake the stand for further questioning, they are reminded of their oath. However, Chutney is sworn in the first time - when she is testifying before her mother and the pool attendant - and then again when she goes to answer questions for Elle. See more »


Serena: Oh look, there's Elle! Elle, we came to see your trial and look! There's like a judge and everything... and jury people.
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An enjoyable girl power flick with a mainstream message.
6 November 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Legally Blonde" is all about Witherspoon as a totally val blonde from Beverly Hills who goes to Harvard and makes good. Predictable formula fun, "LB" gets off to a good start with the freshness of "Clueless", pushes its own envelope of believability in the middle, and ends with a major feel good moment. Along the way, this fun family flick makes some good points about life's priorities. Enjoyable stuff for 13 and up.

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