Movie: Legally Blonde
Release Date: July 13, 2001
Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge.
Tag Lines: “Meet Elle Woods. She’s a lawyer with a heart of gold…and a mane to match!”
“This summer go blonde!”
“Boldly going where no blonde has gone.”
“Blondes DO have more fun!”
“Don’t judge a book by its hair color!”
“Believing In Yourself NEVER Goes Out Of Style!”
Relevance: I already knew who Reese Witherspoon was before ‘Legally Blonde’ was released in theaters. I was also a fan. I mean, she was Rachel Green’s sister Jill on “Friends.” Duh? Of course I loved her.
I did not see ‘Legally Blonde’ in theaters but as soon as it was available as a rental, I was there. July of 2001 was all about preparation for Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour.” I saw that in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 22, 2001. Those weeks leading up to the concert were all prep, the days afterward were spent reliving the glory. So no offense to Ms. Witherspoon, my mind was all on Ms. M. It was still in theaters in September when the 9/11 attacks happened but at the time I didn’t feel the need to visit a multiplex. Although that feeling didn’t last too long for me, by the time I was ready to head back to the theaters, ‘Legally Blonde’ was not playing anywhere around me. So rental it was.
The movie made me fall in love even more with Ms. Witherspoon. She was impossible to dislike, as was the entire film. It was a bit formulaic and predictable, but it was so charming and fun, I didn’t even care. Ms. Witherspoon effortlessly played Elle Woods with the right amount of sunshine, wit and gravitas reminiscent of the great comediennes of the golden era. Her character could have been easily played as the “dumb blonde” but Ms. Witherspoon gave her brains, edginess and spunk that not only did I want her to succeed, I was rooting for her the entire time. Surrounded by a smart script and supporting cast, the film was both silly and impactful, a feat not often met in this genre.
‘Legally Blonde’ is one of those movies that I quote often to friends and family, whether they know it or not. “Uh. I’m sorry. I just hallucinated.” The number of times I have watched it is immeasurable. I own it on DVD and have watched it countless times throughout the years. It never gets old, it always makes me laugh and it puts me in a “perfect day” mood.
Today’s Thoughts: When a phone call wakes you up from a deep sleep, chances are you are not going to have a “perfect day.” That was the case today. A phone call from my husband saying a deer hit his car on his way to work was how I started this glorious Friday in May, 2020. (By the way, 2020 can go fuck itself. I’m so over her.) Thankfully my husband was fine, just a few bruises and scratches (he looks like he was in a bar brawl), the car is currently in the shop and the deer is nowhere to be found. Apparently it hit the driver’s side door, smashed the windshield, flew over the car and galloped away (maybe with a limp). So in case you were wondering, deer can fly without the help of Santa.
So after the fantastic morning of insurances and car rentals and ambulances (oh my), the both of us sat down to watch ‘Legally Blonde.’ Even on the strangest of days, the film made both of us laugh. It was our perfect medicine. Reese Witherspoon is absolutely delightful in this movie, as is the rest of the cast. Holland Taylor is as stern as ever, Ali Larter and Selma Blair are perfectly bitchy and Linda Cardellini has one hell of a perm. All of the ladies are magnificent in each of their roles. And then there is Jennifer Coolidge. She needs to be in every movie. Every. Movie. With or without a “bend and snap.”
‘Legally Blonde’ might just be a silly romantic comedy to some, but for me there ain’t nothing wrong with that. When they are as good as this one, with a stellar cast, fun story and perfectly adorable Chihuahua, just watch. laugh and enjoy. It is the perfect entertainment whether you are having a “perfect day” or “not so perfect day.”
Awards: Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Reese Witherspoon (nomination).
Ways to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Prime, DVD Availability.