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Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 July 2001 (USA)
Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

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Robert Luketic

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Amanda Brown (novel), Karen McCullah (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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This summer go blonde! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legally Blonde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,377,426, 15 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$96,520,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,774,679
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On her first day, Elle comments that, "Whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed." This is a reference to Producer Marc Platt's other production, Josie and the Pussycats (2001), in which teenagers are brainwashed into thinking "orange is the new pink." See more »

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Elle says she lives in Bel Air across the street from Aaron Spelling. Aaron Spelling's mansion is in the Holmbly Hills section of Beverly Hills, not Bel Air. See more »

Quotes

Elle: [wearing a bunny costume and shopping for a laptop computer] Don't ask.
Emmett: Wasn't gonna.
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Alternate Versions

There are eight deleted scenes which are:
  • "After the Break-Up" - after the break up of Elle and Warner, Elle stumbles down the corridor. Her two friends are shocked, expecting to find a ring on her finger. (Keep)
  • "Rollerblading" - a short scene that was part of Elle's admissions video sequence.
  • "The Betting Pool" - Vivian and others place a betting pool at the party to see how long Elle would last at Harvard. This comes in the film after Elle storms out of the party after talking to Warner. (Keep)
  • "Elle's Revenge" - Extended sequence where she exacts her revenge on Aaron, one of the people betting against her. He would eventually go on to lose all his money, though. Even Elle's bullies get a chuckle out of it. (Keep)
  • "Depositions" - sequence where they interview the witnesses, one at a time with all lawyers present. They make Chutney sound so dumb in this scene (but she's always dumb), Enrique is exaggerating the story of after incident, sounding like some character off a soap opera.
  • "Delta Nu Sister" - this makes sense when you watch it, a quick scene of Elle going to see Brooke in jail, hoping to get her alibi. She identifies herself to the police officer as Brooke's sister, Delta Nu. (Keep)
  • "Professor Callahan & Emmett" - little quick scene where Emmett confronts Professor Callahan after he comes on to her. (Keep)
  • "Mrs. Windham Vandermark" - quick cameo scene near the end of the film where Mrs. Windham tells Elle she was once a blonde, and that her daughter needs a good lawyer.
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References Road Trip (2000) See more »

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Can't Get Me Down
Written by Katie Harris and J.C. Brandy (as Justine Brandy)
Performed by Lo-Ball
Produced by Rob Schnapf
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Avoids the Stereotypical and Worn Roots of Previous Girl-Power Comedies...
11 April 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I didn't go into "Legally Blonde" expecting too much. I rarely go to actual movie theaters to see a film (I usually rent videos/DVDs), but I got an advance on this one, and I was kind of sad it had to be this film I was going to see, but I had been invited along with two other people to see it and I wasn't going to say "no" for no reason. So I went.

One of the persons I went with just wanted to see Reese Witherspoon in a Playboy bunny costume, so I figured I was in for another average run-'o-the-mill sex comedy. But I was very surprised with the outcome.

So many girl-power comedies these days are made just for the sake of trying to prove a point that women are equals to men (I suppose that's the message behind it--what else was "Now and Then" made for?) and/or support for women. Fortunately, the 2001 hit "Legally Blonde" is not only a pleasant surprise, but an intelligent film, as well. (Sorry, that was my main "gripper" for this review and I had to leave it in.)

Reese Witherspoon plays California sorority girl Elle Woods. Unlike other people her age that are worrying about grades in school, Elle only worries about what toilet paper is the softest. But after her boyfriend dumps her and goes off to Harvard Law School, Elle is determined to go to Harvard and get her man back. So after putting together a very shallow video for the chairmen of Harvard, they accept her into the prestige college (because of her innocent sexuality, no doubt, as we see them gaping at Elle in a bathing suit on the video), and she packs her bags and heads off to Harvard with her little dog Bruiser; as the ads say, "Boldly Going Where No Blonde Has Gone."

"Legally Blonde" doesn't give up on the plot and completely divulge into dumb blonde/sex jokes. This film not only has a funny--if ridiculous--plot, but the jokes are, surprisingly, NOT crude sexual jokes. This film is not another "Scary Movie" made for teens: It has divinely orchestrated comic timing.

Sometimes the plot gets a bit too heavy--the whole teacher-hitting-on-Elle thing is a bit stereotypical for a film like this--but in the long run it seems to break away from the typical girl-power comedy.

Reese Witherspoon tends to play the same characters a lot, but hey, if she can pull them off, good for her. I don't mind if all her characters tend to be the same (to a certain extent) because they tend to be quite funny and cute--who can't laugh at her Elle Woods persona?

The film has a very nice co-star cast: Victor Garber ("Titanic," "Sleepless in Seattle"), Luke Wilson ("Blue Streak," "Charlie's Angels"), and Selma Blair ("The Sweetest Thing," A Guy Thing"--pretty much anyTHING).

In the end, not only does "Legally Blonde" come off very funny, but also very witty, good-natured and sweet: One of the most pleasant surprises of 2001, indeed.

4/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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