Personally, I think this is one of the classic chickflicks, one of those cheesy feel-good romcoms. A film about a stereotypical ‘dumb blonde’ but she has a point to prove – that she shouldn’t be stereotyped, that her appearance is not all she has. Yes, she does start this mission because she wants to get her ex back, but nevertheless, Elle Woods joins Harvard Law School in the way just like any other student has and throws herself in the deep end to show she can be serious and clever. I do love this film, I love any romance comedies or chickflicks, it is a genre that is easy to watch and great way to spend time. ‘Legally Blonde’ is not any different.
There are of course predictable moments, but like I’ve said before, this is not a genre to be guessing what is going to happen next, and there is no problem with that, just don’t be expecting twists and turns. Although, there is one particular moment, and if you have seen this movie before you’ll know which part I mean, that is quite shocking and I always forget happens, but regardless of this you can probably guess the plot of the film quite accurately. Anyway, a film of its genre, it is filled with comedy, over-dramatic moments of course, and those classic cheesy moments that is expected in a chickflick.
‘Legally Blonde’ does have many recognisable actors and actresses. Elle Wood is played by the brilliant Reese Witherspoon, her ex, Warner, is played by my favourite Alaric from ‘Vampire Diaries’ (Matthew Davis). Other students include Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair) and Emmett (Luke Wilson). There is also the appearance of Velma (Linda Cardellini) from ‘Scooby-Doo The Movie’, looking very different I have to add. There’s also Professor Callahan (Victor Garber – whose name might not be familiar, however many would recognise his face), and also the new friend of Elle’s, Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge – from ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘American Pie’ and ‘A Cinderella Story’). So from this I conclude a good stardom in the film, which of course adds to the greatness of the film.
So as Elle struggles to come to grips with this new life, discovering it’s completely different from her fashion major or sorority presidency. She is completely stereotyped, therefore giving a moral to the film, one to believe in yourself but also not to stereotype those who could prove so much more than that single thought. The film is one that is just a feel-good film, a heart-warming film, mainly just one to get you routing for the main protagonist, Elle, so she can prove herself to those against her.
As you can probably tell, I love this film. An easy watch to sit and enjoy. Not much attention is needed at all, but that doesn’t matter. I think it’s a great romcom, one definitely up there with the best. I think if you like films such as ‘Miss Congeniality’, ‘House Bunny’, ‘John Tucker Must Die’ or ‘Clueless’, I think you would appreciate this one too. It’s a different, yet easy plot, well made and enjoyable. Besides, along with Anna Faris and Alicia Silverstone, Reese Witherspoon plays the stereotypical dumb blonde excellently.