Reviewed by: Sarah Ayotte
|Featuring:||Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Davis, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson, Victor Garber|
|Producer:||Marc Platt, Ric Kidney|
“Legally Blonde” is a lighthearted comedy that can be either amusing and entertaining or shocking and objectionable.
Elle Woods is a young college grad who is miffed when her boyfriend dumps her to go to law school. Elle, after a brief period of wallowing in despair, heads off to law school herself to get her boyfriend back by proving that she is highly qualified to be the “more serious” girl that he wants. From there, her adventures abound as the “Cosmo”-reading, puppy-toting Beverly Hills ex-resident heads to Harvard Law, meeting with serious opposition in all forms. Her quest alters to a more serious mode when she sets out to prove herself as an intelligent human being instead of the “typical Blonde” she is treated as.
“…Blonde” is a lighthearted and typical movie one expects from Hollywood. That includes the comic references to sexual activity, the occasional swearing, using the Lord’s name in vain, and references to homosexuals. Despite these things, the film comes across as a feel good triumph for underdogs everywhere. The biggest problem is the films’ warped view of morality. Elle does make some “morally good” decisions, but at times goes about doing the right thing in the wrong way. (Such as lying in at least two instances to help out some helpless friends). Her refusal to give sexual favors, and her determination to help the unjustly persecuted are signs of a good heart and strong spirit. It does seem hard to believe, though, that a girl raised by such superficial parents and who never had to work for anything in life would automatically have the unselfish instinct to befriend others in need (regardless of whatever social hardships she faced for being blonde.)
The overall message of the film is uplifting, if you’re willing to deal with the other immoral aspects of the film. Not recommended for a younger audience. Especially those who have problems discerning Biblical principals from the popular morality that is upheld in the movie.