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Legally Blonde (2001)

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


Robert Luketic


Amanda Brown (novel), Karen McCullah (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1,275 ( 391)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





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


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 Los Angeles, California, 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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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Elle Woods was named after Elle Magazine. Amanda Brown, author of "Legally Blonde", the novel on which this movie was based, spent her time at Stanford Law School reading copies of Elle Magazine. See more »


When Elle is saying goodbye to Paulette in the beauty salon, there is a shot in which Paulette's lips are moving but no audio is heard. See more »


Elle: Hi. I'm Elle Woods and this is Bruiser Woods. We're both Gemini vegetarians.
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Carried by a performance, and we're left with a subtle yet favorable impact
31 July 2012 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

It is very rare that films are carried almost solely by one character's charisma, but Reese Witherspoon throws herself into the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, one of the most genial and unoffensive comedies I've seen in a while. Elle is a goofy, girly woman who enrolls into Harvard Law School after her boyfriend (Matthew Davis) breaks up with her at an attempt to lead a life of utter seriousness. Elle is a shamelessly blonde California girl, used to having others think for her, but she is not witless and without a brain in her head. She just prefers not to work it too hard.

After breaking her back to become accepted to the school, she quickly becomes exiled by her peers because of her bubbly nature and transparent naivete. She too notices her boyfriend's new stuck-up fiancée, Vivian, played by Selma Blair, as always, doing some fine work. Meanwhile, she also becomes acquainted with fellow law student, Emit (Luke Wilson), and her connections with him and her teacher will eventually land her a spot defending her former fitness instructor, who is on trial for allegedly murdering her husband.

One must be careful as accepting Legally Blonde as a film trying to motivate blondes, and not ostracize or provoke them. They are often labeled as slow, incompetent, and unable to perform simple tasks, but Elle puts many redheads and brunettes to shame with her quick-witted nature, her lovable quirkiness, and her beautiful and expressive smile. Witherspoon was born to play this role, and after seeing her as a venomous bitch in Alexander Payne's wonderful Election, it seems we needed her to appear in a film like this just to remind audiences of the good-natured woman she can be.

Legally Blonde, which would later spawn a sequel, a spin-off, and a Broadway musical, may become overbearing for some, because so much of the film is weighed on Witherspoon's shoulders and if one tires from her fast, the experience could very well be a tedious one. I was left fulfilled and never bored from this, and can always respect a film that is able to shred my cynicism and offer compelling insight that could definitely prove factual in today's society. What can I say? It did the job, in more ways than one. But then again, why trust me? I'm a blonde.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge. Directed by: Robert Luketic.

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13 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,377,426, 15 July 2001

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