Sunday, March 28, 2010

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde
A Marc Platt Production

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references
My Rating: 4 stars

Reese Witherspoon
Luke Wilson
Selma Blaire
Matthew Davis
Victor Garber
Jennifer Coolidge

This movie held my attention from start to finish and it made me laugh out loud. Definitely a chick flick, complete with a sappy finale!... but with some morales upheld that make the viewer examine their own.

Enter into the world of Elle Woods, more specifically, the (dangerous!) world of gorgeous blondes. Ellie is a rich man's daughter who has never met with affliction (other than, of course, being late for her pedicure appointment) until her beloved boyfriend breaks up with her the night she expects him to propose to her. It was a horrible blow, but Elle wasn't going to be left behind. After over a week of mourning (watching romantic movies, eating half of each chocolate, dropping the remainder in the box and throwing the entire thing at the T.V. whenever the hero in the feature pronounces his love to the heroine), she decides to go to Harvard Law to show her blind, misguided ex-boyfriend that she is indeed smart and good enough for him.

Wonder of wonders, she manages to be excepted into Harvard and what she thinks is going to be simply winning back Warner Huntington III turns into a major life changing experience that leaves her feeling fulfilled as never before.

What I Liked:
1: Reese Witherspoon. It doesn't matter what role she plays, the lady in her shines through.
2: In spite of groaning over her complete blondishness, by the time you're a third through the film, you have learned to like Elle.
3: Lots and lots of very laughable humor.
4: This movie is so well directed. Bravo.
5: The lessons Elle learns are lessons that viewer learns as well. That's good acting. :-)
6: Jennifer Coolidge is one of the funniest actors ever. She adds such a wonderful flair to this movie; it wouldn't have been right without her.
7: Elle's innocence.
8: How different the cast of characters were. They were all unique and easily remembered.
9: The mystery. I love whodunits. :-)

What I Didn't Like:
1: Sexual humor could have been cut out.
2: Elle and other girls are dressed seductively for many of the scenes.
3: There was some language.

For conservative families, this film is not for you. For people who can over look the negatives and simply appreciate the superb quality of acting, directing and storyline, this film is a must see.

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