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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Legally Blonde (2001) - Pink Power in Court!

Updated: 2 days ago

Rating: ★★★1/2☆ (3.5/5 stars)

Released 07-13-2001

Watched 05-05-2024

Reviewed 05-09-2024

Watched on Max



"Do you think she woke up one morning and said "I think I'll go to law school today"?"


"Legally Blonde," directed by Robert Luketic, has long been a staple for those who love their films both bubbly and tinged with pink. It's the quintessential early 2000s comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. With its vibrant aesthetics and Witherspoon's charismatic performance, the film effortlessly captures the spirit of the era.


While "Legally Blonde" does not offer a groundbreaking premise—echoing shades of teen classics like "Pretty in Pink" and "16 Candles"—it stands out through its witty dialogue and the unexpected depth it brings to what could have been a superficial character. With her chihuahua in tow and pink outfits, Elle Woods could easily have been a one-dimensional stereotype. However, Witherspoon imbues her with warmth, intelligence, and resilience, making Elle's journey from underestimated fashionista to empowered law student both inspiring and humorous.


However, the film isn't without its flaws. The romantic subplot, a key element in many teen movies, feels rushed and underdeveloped towards the end. The narrative could have benefited from a more nuanced exploration of Elle's relationships, which would have added a layer of complexity to the otherwise upbeat storyline.


While "Legally Blonde" might not resonate with everyone—particularly those not fond of its teen movie aesthetics or its liberal sprinkling of pink—it remains a fun and engaging watch. It's a celebration of individuality and determination wrapped in a glossy, feel-good package.


For those who adore the genre, it's a delightful treat; for others, it's a pleasant enough way to spend an evening, provided the color pink doesn't scare you away.

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