A perfect score on the LSAT exam is 180, therefore Elle's score of 179 puts her in the top 0.1 percent.
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As agreed in her contract, Reese Witherspoon kept all of her costumes after filming.
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To prepare for her role as Elle Woods, Reese Witherspoon spent two weeks studying the behavior of sorority girls, as she did not wish to portray a stereotypical airhead sorority image. She states on the DVD commentary that they were all very kind and polite, and she enjoyed her time with them. She also observed women shopping from the café at Neiman Marcus, and attended law school for a day.
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Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) wears forty different hairstyles throughout this movie.
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Neither the confrontation with Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis) outside the courtroom, nor the final graduation scene, was a part of the original script. When this movie was tested, audiences were so wrapped up in Elle Woods' (Reese Witherspoon's) story, they were disappointed that she never got her revenge on Warner, and they also wanted to know what happened to her in the end (did she become a lawyer after all?) The two scenes had to be shot in England, because Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Davis were filming there (she was filming The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), while he was filming another project) at the time. The Great Hall of Dulwich College in London played Harvard Law School. During the graduation scene, only Witherspoon and Davis were actually present. Shots of Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson, and other supporting cast members were filmed in Los Angeles, California, and the whole thing was edited together later. Witherspoon and Wilson were wearing wigs. She had cut her hair short since finishing filming, and she is much paler than in court. He had shaved his head for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and got a much deeper tan. However, since two years have elapsed in this movie, this is acceptable.
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During the opening credits, a group of (mostly) guys is seen wrestling on a lawn in front of a fraternity house. These folks are actual Caltech students, and were a last-second addition to this scene: they showed up on the set (the row of fraternity and sorority houses featured are administrative buildings on the edge of Caltech's campus) unannounced and were invited to join in the filming.
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The producers originally wanted to set this movie at the University of Chicago. School administrators declined, however, because of a scene toward the end of this movie where a professor places his hand on Elle's leg. Filmmakers subsequently decided to have the story take place at Harvard University.
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We see Elle Woods brushing her hair behind the opening credits. This is not Reese Witherspoon, as she was in England finishing The Importance of Being Earnest (2002).
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The chihuahua who played Bruiser was named Moonie. He died on March 10, 2016 at the age of eighteen.
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While at Stanford, source book author Amanda Brown wrote letters back home, regarding her inability to fit in with her classmates. Later she made a manuscript based on those letters and sent it to an agent, who was drawn to it because it was the only manuscript submitted written on pink paper - referenced in this movie through Elle Woods' scented pink résumés.
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When Elle (Reese Witherspoon) is studying for the LSAT with her sorority sister, Amy (Kimberly McCullough), Amy is reading off answer choices for an LSAT question. This is an actual LSAT question, which is part of the analytical reasoning section, taken from actual LSAT #31, June 2000.
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Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Katherine Heigl, Christina Applegate, Milla Jovovich, and Jennifer Love Hewitt were all considered for Elle Woods.
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In the novel, Elle is a member of Delta Gamma, an international sorority which is part of the Panhellenic Conference. It was changed to Delta Nu to avoid problems with the real organization.
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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".
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The Taco Bell advertisement on television was real and ran nationally. It was one of over a dozen such commercials and was part of a major campaign that lasted for over a year and included a range of commercially available talking stuffed toy chihuahuas. It was tied in with Godzilla (1998).
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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.
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More than thirty scarves were used as accessories throughout this movie by Elle.
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At the party, Enid Wexler (Meredith Scott) proclaims that the term "semester" refers to semen and should be changed to "ovester" (as a reference to ova). In reality, the word "semester" means "a six month period", coming from other Latin roots, ultimately including the same base for "month" (mensis) as "menstruation". In a sense, the word already has the feminine flavor Enid desires. She just proved that she is not as smart as she thinks she is.
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The show Elle Woods is watching after her break-up is General Hospital (1963), a soap opera on ABC, featuring Jacob Young as Lucas Lorenzo "Lucky" Spencer, Jr.
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Emmett (Luke Wilson) jokingly asks Elle (Reese Witherspoon) "how do you think I would look as a blond?" This was a reference to Wilson's real-life brother Owen, who looks similar, but with blond hair.
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The Broadway musical based on this movie opened at the Palace Theater on April 29, 2007 and ran for five hundred ninety-five performances closing on October 19, 2008. The musical was written by Laurence O'Keefe, with Laura Bell Bundy starring as Elle Woods. Bundy was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Actress in a Musical.
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Aerial photography of Harvard College and surrounding streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, were edited into exterior shots taken of similar types of locations in California. Great attention was paid to the backgrounds of these exterior shots to create the different seasons, including painting leaves Fall colors, and having people positioned in trees, dropping the painted leaves behind the actors and actresses in their scenes.
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Universal Pictures passed on making this movie. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer later bought it.
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Chloë Sevigny turned down the role of Vivian Kensington.
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Doubling as the Suffolk County Courthouse was Harvard University's Sever Hall, which is in the main yard, and where Harvard Freshmen go first when attending the University.
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Delta Nu is a real sorority at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and at Harding University, a private college, in Searcy, Arkansas.
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Elle Woods says she grew up in Bel Air across the street from Aaron Spelling. Spelling's daughter, Tori, was considered for the role of Elle.
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There is a quick shot of a television truck from WAJB, Channel 3 in Boston, Massachusetts. This fictional channel was a reference to the author of the novel on which the script was based, Amanda Brown.
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When Elle Woods arrives for the first time at Harvard in her hot pink outfit and convertible, one of the students condescendingly refers to her as "Malibu Barbie" as she steps onto the campus. Mattel later released a promotional Legally Blonde themed Barbie doll for the release of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003). This movie is also often referred to by fans and audiences as an unofficial live-action adaptation of Barbie as well.
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The magazine that Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) gives Brooke Taylor Windham (Ali Larter) is the July 2000 issue of Cosmopolitan with Laetitia Casta on the cover.
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Selma Blair and Luke Wilson appeared in Scream 2 (1997).
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Nicknamed "Clueless Goes to College" by the critics.
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The American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. (AHA 00124)
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Reese Witherspoon and Allana Ubach appeared in Freeway (1996).
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In early drafts of the script, Vivian was named Sarah, and Professor Callahan's last name was Donovan.
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Holland Taylor and Linda Cardellini appeared on ER (1994).
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Every woman in Elle's sorority house is Caucasian.
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Meredith Scott Lynn and James Read appeared on Days of Our Lives (1965).
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Dorky David Kidney's (Oz Perkins') last name is the same as husband and wife unit production manager Richard Kidney and production supervisor Shelly Kidney.
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To further expand on an earlier comment that Elle is watching General Hospital (1963) after her break-up with Warner; her sorority sister, Amy, is played by Kimberly McCullough who appeared on General Hospital as legacy character Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake.
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James Read and Allyce Beasley appeared in popular television shows about detectives in the 1980s. Read in Remington Steel (1982) and Beasley in Moonlighting (1985).
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In this movie, Chutney (Linda Cardellini) states that her father married someone "her age". In actuality, Ali Larter (Brooke, the woman Chutney's father married) was born on February 28, 1976. Meanwhile, Cardellini was born on June 25, 1975, making her slightly (eight months and three days) older than the actress playing her stepmother. At the time of this movie's release, Cardellini was twenty-six and Larter was twenty-five.
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In the German dubbed version, the name of Elle's chihuahua Bruiser was switched to "Brutus".
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Theatrical movie debut of the late Chaney Kley (Brandon).
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James Read, Meredith Scott Lynn, and Brody Hutzler appeared on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965). Kimberly McCullough grew up playing Robin Scorpio on General Hospital (1963), which Elle watches in this movie.
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