Legally Blonde

2001

Legally Blonde

Critics Consensus

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

69%

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Total Count: 143

72%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 972,136
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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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Cast

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
Oz Perkins
as Dorky David
Linda Cardellini
as Chutney Windham
Bruce Thomas
as UPS Guy
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
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
Lily
as Rufus
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
Lacey Beeman
as Nervous 1L Girl
Melissa Young
as Blonde Cheerleader
Chaney Kley
as Brandon
Ondrea De Vincentis
as Callahan's Assistant
Nectar Rose
as Freshman Girl
Moonie
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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Audience Reviews for Legally Blonde

  • May 04, 2015
    Movies rarely attack female stereotypes the way Legally Blonde does: it starts out by showing us Elle Woods (played by the energetic Reese Witherspoon) as a rich, early-twenties sorority girl with very little to lose. She's overly-bubbly, overly-perky, and seemingly dim-witted. She checks off just about every stereotype an American blonde girl could possibly have. When she gets accepted into Harvard (a hilarious scene showing the admissions department watching her video essay and finding reasons to admit her just because they think she's hot), she goes with the intention of winning back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. She instead gets herself lost in her pursuit of her law degree, in which she quickly learns to transform her attention to detail (which she uses towards beauty and fashion) into the case she is helping out with. It's not only funny seeing these stereotypes brought to life by Reese Witherspoon and the hilarious characters that she meets along the way, but it was also eye-opening to see her crush her obstacles and name-callers along the way by proving that there is often more than meets the eye. As long as there are breathing women in America, Legally Blonde would remain timeless among the people who can see past "blonde moments".
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2013
    Got made to watch this when I was ill all weekend and if i'm honest it wasn't Nowhere near as bad as I thought, Ok it's silly and poorly acted but I couldn't give it a lower star rating than this.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    pretty funny but not one I'll rewatch over and over again
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Legally Blonde may be great for women, and even I chuckled a few times, but most men probably wont find it entertaining.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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