Legally Blonde is a historic film in Reese Witherspoon’s career. Released in 2001, this comedy film really catapulted the name of the blonde actress and is even considered to be still attached to her to this day. Here’s a synopsis of Legally Blonde:
Legally Blonde tells the journey of Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), who tries to fight the stigma against blonde girls. In American society, blonde girls are often identified with girls who only sell looks without having a smart mind.
Synopsis Legally Blonde : Elle was born into a rich family.
Elle herself falls into that category. He was born into a wealthy family, living in a luxury residence in Bel Air, Beverly Hills. Her life is typical of a typical California girl who only revolves around fashion, parties, and enjoying life.
Even so, he is considered a smart figure in his circle. She won a beauty pageant, was the leader in the sorority house, and had a 4.00 GPA in fashion sales despite being looked down upon by some. She also has a handsome boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis).
But Elle’s life began to change when Warner was asked by her family to transfer to Harvard Law School. Warner, known to many only as handsome and rich, was forced into the traditions of his aristocratic family and usually worked as a lawyer or politician.
Synopsis Legally Blonde : Elle doesn’t want to lose Warner.
Elle doesn’t want to lose Warner. He also tried his best to get into Harvard Law School, a goal that made everyone in his neighborhood laugh, including his own family and friends. His intention was just to take Warner back into his arms.
Only with determination and self-confidence did Elle Woods struggle to pass the joint selection test in the US, or LSAT. Surprisingly, he passed into Harvard Law School with a grade just above the minimum mark.
But Elle’s struggle is not over. As soon as she enters Harvard Law School, which is mostly a conservative society, Elle has to struggle not only to prove that she is capable but also to find her true love and fight against the stigma against women, especially those who are blonde.
Film adaptation of the novel
This film, directed by Robert Luketic, is actually an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown. Even though it’s a comedy, this film also explores various criminal cases that Elle Woods has to study with the spice of her signature style as a spoiled rich girl.
The film, with a budget of US$18 million, was a success both commercially and with praise from critics. Commercially, this film reaped box office revenues of up to US$141.8 million.
In the award ceremony, Legally Blonde also received many nominations and trophies, especially for Reese Witherspoon’s performance as Elle Woods. Witherspoon earned a Best Actress nomination at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards.
This film also received a nomination for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards.
Legally Blonde was not only a commercial and cinematic success. This film is also considered a messenger of strong feminism, but with a style that is smart and easy to understand. Especially for those who are pursuing higher education and are stigmatized by their surroundings, this film is often seen as an inspiration.
The success of Legally Blonde was followed by a sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, in 2003. However, the film was unable to outperform the prequel film.
In 2018, Reese Witherspoon confirmed her involvement in the ‘Legally Blonde 3’ project, which was previously reported to be in the process of being written. MGM itself planned to release Legally Blonde 3 in February 2020, but it was delayed due to the pandemic. Apart from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Davis, Legally Blonde also stars Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge.