Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic. The film is written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith from Amanda Brown’s 2001 novel of the same name. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge in pivotal roles.
Legally Blonde tells the story of Fashion merchandising student and sorority girl Elle Woods. One day Elle is taken to an expensive restaurant by her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. She expects Warner to propose, but he breaks up with her instead. Warner intends to go to Harvard Law School and become a successful politician. He believes that Elle is not competent enough for that kind of life.
When Elle Woods’ boyfriend ‘Warner’ breaks up with her instead of proposing, she dedicates her time to applying to Harvard Law so she can become the type of girl she thinks Warner will want to marry, especially as he is leaving to study there but what he doesn’t know is she will turn up at Harvard too.
After months of studying, Elle scores a 179 on the Law School Admission Test and, combined with her 4.0 GPA, is accepted to Harvard Law School.
The rest of the story depicts how Elle adjusts to life at Harvard and whether she is competent enough to succeed at such a prestigious law school.
Acting performances and direction
The character of Elle embodies fighting for what is right, staying true to yourself, and defeating the odds. Its crazy that one movie can do that, you know.
Director Robert Luketic should be specifically praised for this film. Every aspect seems to complement the concept; like instruments, the scenes and characters blend together into an orchestra of impossibly excellent proportion.
Relevance and legacy
Nearly 20 years after its release, the film continues to inspire potential students, specifically, women who went on to become prospective law students. The film illustrates that you can be unapologetically feminine but also smart and driven.
Even today, the movie is still very relevant. The film shows that just being a girl and being a woman, the odds are stacked against you still. When you watch the movie now, you can feel like you are part of a great club of powerful professional women.
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.