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Legally Blonde -- Warner breaks up with Elle because she's too…BLONDE?!?
Legally Blonde -- Paulette's snap was all over the place!
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
13 July 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Meet Elle Woods. She's a lawyer with a heart of gold...and a mane to match! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Reese Witherspoon's Best Performance See more (539 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Reese Witherspoon ... Elle Woods

Luke Wilson ... Emmett

Selma Blair ... Vivian Kensington

Matthew Davis ... Warner

Victor Garber ... Professor Callahan

Jennifer Coolidge ... Paulette

Holland Taylor ... Professor Stromwell

Ali Larter ... Brooke Taylor Windham

Jessica Cauffiel ... Margot

Alanna Ubach ... Serena

Oz Perkins ... Dorky David Kidney

Linda Cardellini ... Chutney

Bruce Thomas ... UPS Guy

Meredith Scott Lynn ... Enid

Raquel Welch ... Mrs. Windham Vandermark

Samantha Lemole ... Claire
Kelly Nyks ... Arrogant Aaron
Ted Kairys ... Gerard

Michael B. Silver ... Bobby

Kimberly McCullough ... Amy

Shannon O'Hurley ... DA Joyce Rafferty

Greg Serano ... Enrique
Francesca P. Roberts ... Marina R. Bickford

Lisa Arch ... Boutique Saleswoman (as Lisa Kushell)
Natalie Barish ... Old Lady at Manicurist

Cici Lau ... LA Nail Technician

Allyce Beasley ... CULA Advisor

Kevin Cooney ... Head of Admissions
Ted Rooney ... Admissions Guy
David Moreland ... Admissions Guy

Wayne Federman ... Admissions Guy

James Read ... Elle's Father

Tane McClure ... Elle's Mother
Niklaus Lange ... Annoyed 2L

Doug Spinuzza ... Intense Ivan Berliner

Lisa K. Wyatt ... Jail House Guard
Jason Christopher ... Chuck

Corinne Reilly ... Reporter

Victoria Mahoney ... Reporter

Lacey Beeman ... Nervous 1L Girl
Melissa Anne Young ... Blonde Cheerleader (as Melissa Young)

Brody Hutzler ... Grant

Chaney Kley ... Brandon

John Cantwell ... Maurice
Ondrea De Vincentis ... Callahan's Assistant
Terence Michael ... Desk Clerk (as Terrence Michael)

Nectar Rose ... Freshman Girl

Jodi Harris ... Another Sister
Patricia Kimes ... Blonde Biker

Sasha Barrese ... Another Girl
Kelly Driscoll ... Blonde Card Carrier
Elizabeth Matthews ... Sorority Girl

Kennedy Stone ... Sorority Girl
Moonie ... Bruiser
Lily ... Rufus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gary Ambrosia ... Angry Harvard Student (uncredited)

Joan Blair ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Ali Chen ... Manicurist (uncredited)

Gary Castro Churchwell ... Harvard Law Student (uncredited)

Curt Clendenin ... College Classmate (uncredited)
Joe Dolan ... Courtroom Attendee (uncredited)
Melanie H. Gassaway ... Sorority sister (uncredited)
Carol Hatchett ... Bend and Snap Girl (uncredited)
Mark Heidelberger ... Harvard Law Student (uncredited)

Richard Hillman ... College Student (uncredited)

Seth Adam Jones ... Rowdy Student (uncredited)

John Kapelos ... Dewey Newcombe (uncredited)
Dean Mason ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Beverly Polcyn ... Old Dancer at Beauty Salon (uncredited)
Kate Roxburgh ... Lady at Party (uncredited)

Scott Ryan Whinery ... Bespectacled Boy (uncredited)

Dylan White ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jenna Z. Wilson ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Luketic 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Amanda Brown (novel)

Karen McCullah (screenplay) &
Kirsten Smith (screenplay)

Produced by
Ric Kidney .... producer
Christian McLaughlin .... co-producer
David Nicksay .... co-producer
Marc Platt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne  (as Anita Brandt Burgoyne)
Garth Craven 
 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
 
Production Design by
Missy Stewart  (as Melissa Stewart)
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Bradford 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathy Lucas 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie De Rakoff  (as Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell)
 
Makeup Department
Linda Arnold .... hair stylist
Jenny-King Turko .... makeup artist
Brad Wilder .... key makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... key hair stylist
Leslie Devlin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Warren Lewis .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Denise Paulson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Roddy Stayton .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ric Kidney .... unit production manager (as Richard J. Kidney)
Shelly Kidney .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcei A. Brown .... second assistant director (as Marcei Brubaker)
Marisa Ferrey .... second second assistant director
Josh King .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Ashmore .... stand-by painter
Ron Ashmore .... paint foreman
Adam Austin .... on-set dresser
Douglas Berkeley .... set designer
Steve Borgese .... greens person
Jon J. Bush .... lead man (as Jon Bush)
Laura J. DeRosa .... art department coordinator
China Fox .... assistant property master (as China Iwata)
Douglas Fox .... property master
Lance Gunnin .... construction foreman
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
Patricia Owen .... assistant art director (as Patty Owen)
Michael P. Sweeney .... assistant property master (as Mike Sweeney)
Eric Bryant .... art department assistant (uncredited)
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
Sean D. Jackson .... greensman (uncredited)
Wendy Jerde .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Chris Peterson .... set dresser (uncredited)
David Scott .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Richard Blake Wester .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... re-recording sound mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Jed M. Dodge .... adr supervisor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
Marc Fishman .... re-recording sound mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Frederick Howard .... sound designer
Frederick Howard .... sound supervision
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Kevin Maloney .... boom operator
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer
Christopher Sposa .... cable person (as Chris Sposa)
Alec St. John .... assistant sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... DTS consultant (as Dan Victor)
Ed White .... production sound mixer
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ben Holiday .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Carrie Lisonbee .... dialogue assistant (uncredited)
Nigel Stone .... adr supervisor: UK (uncredited)
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David P. Kelsey .... special effects coordinator (as Dave Kelsey)
 
Visual Effects by
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Scott Dougherty .... digital effects producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Christopher Grandel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Josh Novak .... lead compositor: main title sequence (uncredited)
Alfredo Ramirez .... titles compositor: Picture Mill (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip
Tyger Belton .... second assistant camera
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Kenny Carceller .... rigging company grip
James M. Cox .... rigging chief lighting technician (as Jimmy Cox)
Jeffrey Ferraro .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Jeff Ferrero)
Doug Keegan .... rigging assistant lighting technician
Josh Levy .... video assist operator
Arnaud Peiny .... rigging key grip
George Richmond .... camera operator
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... first assistant camera (as Jonathan Richmond)
Chris Scurria .... dolly grip
Gary Tandrow .... chief lighting technician
Paul Tilden .... camera loader
Ron Tondreau .... second company grip
Chris Cuevas .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Brian Heller .... aerial cinematographer (uncredited)
Giles Keyte .... still photographer: UK (uncredited)
Jordan Lapsansky .... electrician (uncredited)
George Lozano Jr. .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Gregory W. Smith .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Gregory W. Smith .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
David Blue Thompson .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dena Berman .... casting assistant
Michelle Morris .... casting associate (as Michelle Morris-Gertz)
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Carleton .... costumer
Kim Johnson .... costumer
Mary C. Lane .... key costumer (as Mary Lane)
 
Editorial Department
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Shawn Petersen .... post-production assistant
Alex Renskoff .... first assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Tim Vincent .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Anita Camarata .... music supervisor
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor
Brian Dixon .... music recordist
Ron Fair .... executive soundtrack producer
Dennis S. Sands .... scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Nick South .... music editor
William T. Stromberg .... conductor (as William Stromberg)
Paul Wertheimer .... music recordist
Brent Brooks .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Eric Stonerook .... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Pat Weber .... scoring technician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Daniel Canamar .... transportation office coordinator (as Dan Canamar)
David Menapace .... transportation captain (as Dave Menapace)
Michael Menapace .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Menapace)
Lin C. Smith .... driver
Mark Brown .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Pete Newman .... unit driver (uncredited)
Chad Wingerd .... transportation assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Toni Basil .... choreographer
Eric Bryant .... production assistant
Kevin A. Canamar .... first aid
Sue Chipperton .... animal trainer
Chris Corey .... production assistant (as Cris Corey)
Valerie Espinoza .... clearance coordinator
Tiffany Fraser .... assistant accountant (as Tiffany Reinhard)
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... assistant production coordinator
Ellen Gessert .... location manager
Nicole Gordon .... assistant: Ms. Witherspoon
Noelle Green .... production coordinator (as Noelle Chapin-Green)
Erin Hilkey .... assistant location manager (as Erin Wilhelm-Hilkey)
Roger Jones .... production secretary
Laurie Levenson .... technical advisor: legal (as Professor Laurie Levenson)
Gary Levy .... payroll accountant
Joey Levy .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Asha MacLeod .... production assistant
Lisa Mantoux .... key set production assistant
Fiona McIntyre .... assistant: Mr. Luketic
Scott Michael Murray .... assistant: Mr. Luketic (as Scott M. Murray)
Michael Pendell .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Ronit Ravich-Boss .... script supervisor
Marci Rosenberg Gayner .... production coordinator (as Marci Rosenberg)
Rip Russell .... assistant accountant
Will Sandoval .... production assistant
Ned R. Shapiro .... additional location manager (as Ned Shapiro)
Sheilah Sullivan .... accountant
Indira Tyler .... assistant choreographer
Eric Winn .... craft service
Christopher Wolfe .... production assistant
Deborah Wuliger .... unit publicist
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: Selma Blair (uncredited)
Ruth Breslaw .... production coordinator: UK (uncredited)
Doris Donnenberg .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Curtis Failor .... additional lamp operator (uncredited)
Marc W. Havener .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Hutchison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Michele McTigue .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Stephanie Siemiller .... photo double (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cutie Blonde" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references
Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-3 | France:U | Germany:o.Al. (bw) | Iceland:L | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Norway:A | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #37637)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Reese Witherspoon's character wears 40 different hairstyles throughout the film.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Emmet is driving Elle back from the spa, his lips aren't moving as he talks.See more »
Quotes:
Elle:[on video essay] ... and that's why you should vote for me. Elle Woods: future lawyer for the class of 2004.
Admissions Guy:She does have a 4.0 from CULA and she got a 179 on LSATs.
Head of Admissions:Fashion major?
Admissions Guy:Well sir we've never had one before and aren't we always looking for diversity?
Admissions Guy:Her list of extra-curricular activities is impressive.
Head of Admissions:She was in a Ricky Martin video.
Admissions Guy:Clearly, she's interested in music.
Head of Admissions:She also designed a line of faux-fur panties for her sorority's charity project.
Admissions Guy:Uh huh, she's a friend to the animals as well as a philanthropist.
Head of Admissions:Elle Woods.
[...]
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55 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Reese Witherspoon's Best Performance, 11 November 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Don't judge a book by it's cover. An old saying we've all heard so many times it doesn't seem to mean anything anymore. But it does mean something, and it's important; and, before we proceed, go back and read it again. In fact, let me help you: Don't judge a book by it's cover. There. Now take a moment to think, really think about it. And if it still doesn't mean anything, take a couple of hours and check out `Legally Blonde,' a comedy with some real teeth in it, directed by Robert Luketic and starring Reese Witherspoon. The premise of the story has to do with upscale sorority girl Elle Woods (Witherspoon), who instead of getting the long awaited, much anticipated marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Warner (Matthew Davis), finds herself jilted as he prepares to leave for Harvard Law School. Elle, it seems, just doesn't fit the oh-so-serious, somber profile that the wife of a future Senator must have. It's all about image, and Elle's own 4.0 grade average earned in her `frivolous' curriculum apparently doesn't carry any weight. Being outgoing, positive, beautiful AND intelligent just won't do among the `serious' of the `upper crust' elite. So, because she looks good and enjoys her life, Elle is given the gate, and she just can't understand why. She's devastated. But she's also smart. Smart enough to pick herself up and make a decision that stands them all on their ears. With the grades and the wherewithal to swing it, she enters Harvard Law herself, initially with the intent of winning back Warner. But along the way she learns something important-- about the way things really are, about people and about herself, as well. And she sets out to prove that if there is any `shallowness' around, it's only in the minds of those who perceive her as something and someone other than what she really is. And, for the viewer, right out of the gate this is someone you want to see succeed in her quest, because her triumph-- whatever it may be or however it comes out-- is going to be one you share right along with her.

Make no mistake, this is one funny movie-- in fact, it's downright hilarious at times. But beyond the laughter it evokes, there's a flip side to the same coin. Because beyond all of the comedy there is some serious issues at the heart of this film, and anyone who's ever been subjected to trials and tribulations simply because they didn't happen to fit a certain `mold,' or coincide with someone else's `opinions' of the way things should be, will be able to identify with Elle's situation. And it's something you have to be aware of, because even while you're laughing at the funny stuff, at the same time it's almost painful to watch Elle endure the senseless, heartless, unnecessary and unwarranted acts that are perpetrated upon her. At the core of the matter is not only the need for tolerance and understanding, but the necessity and importance of keeping an open mind about everything that transpires around you. Who knows what monumental contributions an individual is capable of making in this imperfect machinery we call society if they are prejudged into oblivion? So there's a lot more to this film than meets the eye; `dumb blonde' jokes get nipped in the bud, and by using a comedy format, the filmmakers here have produced a film that is not only entertaining, but thoroughly thought-provoking, as well.

Reese Witherspoon opens herself up and gives a dynamic performance here as Elle; she conveys such a full-of-life spirit that it is easy to empathize with her, and when the hurt comes, you feel it with her. And through it all, the way she takes it on the chin then moves on with her life makes her a role model for those who may find themselves in a similar situation. On one hand, when Elle finds solace by getting a manicure at the local beauty shop, it makes for a falling-on-the-floor moment of hilarity, and yet you're always aware of that other side of the coin, as well. And it makes you root for her all the more. Witherspoon has a perky, vibrant screen presence that makes her perfect for this part, and she makes Elle a flawed and therefore very real person. When she gets knocked down, you feel for her; and then there's that feeling of triumph when she gets back up and stands her ground. There's no question that this is Witherspoon's movie, and it's one of the best performances of her career.

The supporting cast includes Luke Wilson (Emmett), Selma Blair (Vivian), Victor Garber (Professor Callahan), Jennifer Coolidge (Paulette), Holland Taylor (Professor Stromwell), Ali Larter (Brooke Taylor-Windham), Jessica Cauffiel (Margot), Linda Cardellini (Chutney), Alanna Ubach (Serena) and Oz Perkins (Dorky David), with a special appearance by Raquel Welch as Mrs. Windham-Vandermark. An entertaining, accessible film that should be embraced by a wide audience because of the clever way in which it gets across it's message, `Legally Blonde' can be enjoyed by just taking it at face value and soaking up the jokes, but offers even greater rewards to those who really delve into it and see it as an examination of human nature. Not always, but occasionally, a movie is so much more than what it appears to be on the surface, and this is one of them. What makes it so good is the fact that it can really make you laugh, while at the same time it's subtly telling you that there is no place for cruelty within the realm of human relationships. It's a film that's worth seeing many times over, and that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 9/10.

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