Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film. It was directed by Robert Luketic and scripted by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. It is based on the novel of the same title by Amanda Brown. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge. The movie tells story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree.
The film was released on July 13, 2001, and received positive reviews from critics. The critics consensus states that “though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon’s funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise”. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy and ranked 29th on Bravo’s 2007 list of 100 Funniest Movies.
Witherspoon received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and the 2002 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.
The box-office success led to a 2003 sequel, Red, White & Blonde, and a 2009 direct-to-DVD spin-off, Legally Blondes. Additionally, Legally Blonde: The Musical premiered on January 23, 2007, in San Francisco and opened in New York City at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 29, 2007, starring Laura Bell Bundy.
This is not normally what I would watch, but after seeing the Court Theatre production of the musical last year, I wanted to see the ‘original’. Reese Witherspoon is certainly the right actress to cast, she manages to transform the ditzy blonde at the start into serious legal tender at the end.
A young Owen Wilson is a strange choice, but he manages to pull off the ‘normal guy’ character. Jennifer Coolidge sounded familiar and it took a while before I realised that she was in ‘Two Broke Girls’.
Although it is an amusing film, having seen the musical version, it just isn’t as good without the songs.