Legally Blonde

Stars:   Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge
Director:   Robert Luketic
Writers:   Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, based on the book by Amanda Brown

Although a very silly premise, this one plays with quite a bit of finesse thanks to a snappy script, clever dialogue and the fanciful talents of Reese Witherspoon.

Airhead Elle Woods (Witherspoon) is a rich fashion fanatic and the head of her sorority. She’s the can-do-no-wrong golden girl with the best looking boyfriend of the lot. His name is Warner (Matthew Davis) and everyone expects that tonight’s the night he will spring the ring on her and ask for her hand in marriage. But alas, it is not to be, because, you see, Warner is soon off to Harvard Law School and if he’s going to get into politics one day, then he needs a serious girlfriend, one with brains not spandex.

Elle’s so madly in love with the goon that she decides to show him that she’s got more upstairs than air. She fashions a killer admissions video that has the Board of Harvard agog as they watch Elle campaign in all her bikini splendor. She’s in. She’s packs her belongings and with beloved Chihuahua in tow, Elle hits the Ivy league.

Once there, she discovers that Warner already has a new girl, the brainy and not too bad looking Vivian. So it becomes a battle of wits as to who’s going to win the goon.

With her hard work, she manages to land a few friends, the admiration of one handsome legal assistant, Emmett (Luke Wilson) and the respect of at least one professor, Callahan (Victor Garber). The fun is watching how Elle goes from pink-obsessed bimbo to law student to landing a slot on a legal team representing a rich murder suspect and then ending up head over high heels above the rest.

Lotta says Legally Blonde is just plain cute, ridiculous fun.

Reviewed 12/30/01