Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2001. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Marc Platt Productions. Screenplay by Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Ric Kidney, Marc Platt. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Missy Stewart. Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff. Film Editing by Anita Brandt Burgoyne, Garth Craven.
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 Jennifer Coolidge 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)