Legally Blonde (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

USA, 2001.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Marc Platt Productions.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Reese Witherspoon‘s brilliant timing is the best thing about this charming comedy, roughly a Private Benjamin Goes To Law School of sorts. She plays a fluffy, nail-painting blonde who is destroyed when her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of his transferring to Harvard to study law; apparently, this sunny-haired gal is not a “serious” enough girlfriend for him. She decides to fix his wagon, so she puts together a kick-ass admissions video (a hilarious speech on her law qualifications delivered while sitting in a hot tub), scores high on her LSATs and moves to the East Coast. Once there, she sticks out like a real sore thumb until her goodness and generosity win over her classmates, and to boot she really begins to enjoy the study of law! A marvelous supporting performance by the brilliant  is another plus in this Clueless-wannabe comedy that doesn’t measure up to Amy Heckerling’s teen masterpiece but is worthy viewing all the same.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Renee Zellweger)

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