Legally Blonde is completely derivative of Amy Heckerling’s far superior Clueless. This dopey college comedy starring Reese Witherspoon is doused in bright pinks and comes replete with female punk anthems that blithely celebrate female empowerment. Elle Woods (Witherspoon) is rejected by her boyfriend and goes to Harvard to prove that she’s worthy of his attention. From fashion whore to legal eagle, Elle is all about style though it’s not long before she’s enlightened and discovers that one can be smart and still dress fierce. From battling sexual harassment to helping a nail salon stylist reclaim her dog from an ex-boyfriend, Elle slowly empowers herself. The film’s final scenes bring to mind My Cousin Vinny when Elle is forced to spearhead a murder trial. However dopey, Legally Blonde is remarkably mindful of Elle’s individualism, at least by Hollywood film standards. Still, the film’s comedic pacing is awkward at best. First-time director Robert Luketic thinks broader and gaudier than Alexander Payne and Wes Anderson.
- Robert Luketic
- Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
- Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Raquel Welch
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