Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Ali Larter
Director: Robert Luketic
Elle (Reese Witherspoon) is a Beverly Hills high school graduate, whose life is full of fashion accessories and nice sports cars. She knows that her steady boyfriend Warner (Matthew Davis) will eventually be her husband and that it’s important to keep her miniature pet dog by her side at all times.
But then Warner gets into Harvard to study law and unless she follows she could lose him. She also manages to get accepted to Harvard and arrives with everything essential to her Beverly Hills lifestyle only to find Warner has a new fiance Vivian (Selma Blair) and is no longer interested in her.
Determined not to lose him and to prove that blondes are not dumb Elle sets out to get to the top of her class, succeeds and gets picked to assist one of her professors in a real murder trial along with Warner and his new fiance.
It turns out their client Brooke Taylor Windham (Ali Larter), who is being tried for murder is also a gorgeous blonde who recognises Elle from Beverly Hills and confides in her allowing Elle to use her knowledge of a lifestyle which uses ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine as it’s bible to try and prove Brooke’s innocence.
LEGALLY BLONDE may use predictable humour to get some of its laughs but it works,, and it works well. Reese Witherspoon is perfect as the drop dead gorgeous blonde who elicits a stereotypical reaction from those around her as they assume herdumbness, but digging a bit deeper she is capable of outhinking any brunette or redhead.
Initially Reece’s character could have stepped stright out of CLUELESS but LEGALLY BLONDE find its own originality tha makes the movie seen fresh.
It could easily stand up to multiple viewing which certainly says something for its quality as a comedy.