Legally Blonde (2001)
Reviewed on 2008 June 23
Meringue-deep but funny yarn about a sorority girl who decides to go to Harvard Law School in an effort to win back her idiot boyfriend. It’s a stupid reason to pick a school, but once she gets there, she decides she’ll go for the brass ring, boyfriend or not.
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is a smart blonde whose brains and good heart are eclipsed by a Malibu Barbie wardrobe and figure. She’s pretty, flashy, and confident that her Ken doll, Warner (Matthew Davis) is going to propose to her one fateful night. Instead, Warner dumps her, smugly informing her that an aspiring politician like him marries Jackies, not Marilyns. This is one of the funniest bits, with Elle weeping loudly and sounding like a cappuccino maker with a clogged froth attachment.
Elle decides to prove to Warner she’s more than just a pretty face, and decides to go to Harvard, too. Poor judgement in men aside, Elle is intelligent, and she smokes the LSATs and other entrance requirements. Once she gets there she questions her decision — she can handle it academically, but she’s going to have a hard time getting the dour preppies on campus to accept her. They take one look at Elle and write her off as a Marilyn too.
I liked the fact that director Robert Luketic gave us a twist on the fish-out-of-water college comedy, with a crew of friendly sorority girls. Elle is a good person, and her two goofy best friends may be airheads but they’re loyal. The script was funny, even when it was completely silly, and the acting was solid.
Three chocolate morsels.