Legally Blonde (2001) - Synopsis

Legally Blonde (2001) - heading

How many blondes does it take to change Harvard Law School? Only one, if she's as fabulous as Elle Woods. Reese Witherspoon stars as the golden-haired heroine of MGM Pictures' summer comedy LEGALLY BLONDE.

Elle Woods is naturally blonde (an important distinction). She's also super-popular, an honor student, president of her sorority, a runner-up for Miss Hawaiian Tropic, and Miss June in the CULA campus calendar - and her signature color is pink. She's led a wonderful life (she was in a Ricky Martin video!), but she's not a clueless, spoiled brat - Elle, like her hair, has a heart of gold, and it belongs to her totally cute boyfriend, Warner.

When Warner asks her to dinner at their special place, she assumes he's going to pop the question and finally place The Rock (a six-karat Harry Winston) on her freshly manicured finger. Instead, he dumps her saying she's "too blonde" and not "serious" enough for his future political career, and Elle is devastated. Determined not to give up, she decides to prove she can be what he wants - she'll attend Harvard Law School herself.

She's accepted (a Coppola directs her admissions video), but Elle finds it hard to be fabulous on the East Coast - a charming personality and pink Prada bag won't get you far in the navy blue blazer world of law school, and Elle sticks out like a sore cuticle. She resolves to succeed, though, and is soon one of the best in her class, to everyone's surprise. When a professor picks students for four coveted intern spots at his firm, Elle makes the cut and is soon assisting the defense in a sensational murder trial. One by one, she wins the respect of her peers, then ends up defending the client by herself in the ultimate exhibition of girl power. With clever, light-hearted digs at blondes and brunettes, men and women, and the silliness of labels of any sort, Elle overcomes the "dumb blonde" stereotype to ultimately declare herself proudly Legally Blonde.

Reese Witherspoon (Election (1999)) stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' comedy Legally Blonde. Directed by Robert Luketic from a screenplay by Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith, the cast includes talented co-stars Luke Wilson (Blue Streak (1999)), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions (1999)), Matthew Davis (Pearl Harbor (2001)), Victor Garber (TV's Life with Judy Garland), and Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show (2000)). The film also features Ali Larter (Final Destination (2000)), Holland Taylor (TV's The Practice), Oz Perkins, Jessica Cauffiel (Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)), Meredith Scott Lynn (I Love You, Don't Touch Me!), Alanna Ubach (Clockwatchers), and Linda Cardellini (TV's Freaks & Geeks), with a cameo appearance by Raquel Welch.

Produced by Marc Platt and Ric Kidney, Legally Blonde is based on the book by Amanda Brown. The accomplished team of creators includes Director of Photography Anthony B. Richmond, Production Designer Missy Stewart, and editing by Anita Brandt-Burgoyne and Garth Craven, with costumes by Sophie Carbonell and music by composer Rolfe Kent.