Legally Blonde (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.

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Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. Growing up across the street from Aaron Spelling might mean something in LA, but nothing to Warner's East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall. Elle must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities everyday.
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Reese Witherspoon
as Elle Woods
Luke Wilson
as Emmett Richmond
Selma Blair
as Vivian Kensington
Matthew Davis
as Warner Huntington III
Victor Garber
as Professor Callahan
Jennifer Coolidge
as Paulette Bonafonte
Holland Taylor
as Professor Stromwell
Ali Larter
as Brooke Taylor-Windham
Alanna Ubach
as Serena
Oz Perkins
as Dorky David
Linda Cardellini
as Chutney Windham
Bruce Thomas
as UPS Guy
Meredith Scott Lynn
as Enid Wexler
Raquel Welch
as Mrs. Windham Vandermark
Kelly Nyks
as Arrogant Aaron
Ted Kairys
as Gerard
Shannon O'Hurley
as DA Joyce Rafferty
Greg Serano
as Enrique
Francesca P. Roberts
as Marina R. Bickford
Lisa Kushell
as Boutique Saleswoman
Francesca Roberts
as Marina R. Bickford
Natalie Barish
as Old Lady at Manicurist
Terence Michael
as Desk Clerk
Cici Lau
as LA Nail Technician
Allyce Beasley
as CULA Advisor
Kevin Cooney
as Head of Admissions
Ted Rooney
as Admissions Guy
David Moreland
as Admissions Guy
Wayne Federman
as Admissions Guy
James Read
as Elle's Father
Tane McClure
as Elle's Mother
Niklaus Lange
as Annoyed 2L
Doug Spinuzza
as Intense Ivan Berliner
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Jail House Guard
Corinne Reilly
as Reporter
Victoria Mahoney
as Reporter
Lacey Beeman
as Nervous 1L Girl
Melissa Young
as Blonde Cheerleader
Chaney Kley
as Brandon
John Cantwell
as Maurice
Ondrea De Vincentis
as Callahan's Assistant
Nectar Rose
as Freshman Girl
as Bruiser
Jodi Harris
as Another Sister
Patricia Kimes
as Blonde Biker
Sasha Barrese
as Antoher Girl
Kelly Driscoll
as Blonde Card Carrier
Elizabeth Matthews
as Sorority Girl
Kennedy Stone
as Sorority Girl
Victor Gerber
as Professor Callahan
Richard Hillman
as College Student (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Legally Blonde

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (33)

Ms. Witherspoon won me over right from the start.

Full Review… | July 20, 2001
New York Observer
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It's a formula that's well done here with plenty of laughs.

Full Review… | July 16, 2001
Top Critic

They've devised a potentially rich premise, only to play it safe, smoothing off every sharp edge and dumbing down any acerbic point.

Full Review… | July 16, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

As an actor of distinction who's all of 25, Reese Witherspoon reveals interesting dark roots even as she plays golden girls.

Full Review… | July 16, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Starts heading nowhere after the first half-hour, and careers and flounders badly until it gets there.

Full Review… | July 13, 2001
Top Critic

Really nothing more than Clueless redux but without the edgy, knowing wit.

July 13, 2001
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Legally Blonde


Loved the ending. The rest of the movie seemed very corny but enjoyable at the same time. Does have few funny and embarrassing moments.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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Reese is so cool. Barbie meets LA Law! Elle wants to marry Warner but gets dumped as he wants a serious girlfriend. He gets to Harvard and she is hot on his trail. Dog in tow.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Pretty sure I was dragged into seeing this with my mom, not really my cup of tea. For what it is though, it is a clever and somewhat funny movie.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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