Legally Blonde

If you've ever doubted how much a star can carry a movie, look no further than Legally Blonde, Robert Luketic's pop fluff about a sorority girl who becomes the reigning brain at Harvard Law School. The film tries way too hard to be pop fluff, but thankfully it also understands the comic glories of Reese Witherspoon. As Elle Woods, the supposedly dimwitted heroine, Witherspoon gives a high-wattage performance that somehow comes across as both lusciously cartoonish and warmly human. It's a radiant comic turn worthy of Marilyn Monroe, and Luketic throws the whole movie at her, even though its intentional kitsch and sledgehammer contrivances don't trust you enough to figure out on your own what might be guilty fun about it. It's a lame movie, essentially, that redeems itself by knowing just enough to keep things sunny and moving right along. The film is content to follow several steps behind the regal Witherspoon, carrying her train. You probably will be, too. --Steve Wiecking

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations.
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Chutney, why is it that Tracy Marcinko's curls were ruined when she got hosed down?

Chutney Windham:
Because they got wet.

Exactly. Because isn't it the first cardinal rule of perm maintenance that you're forbidden to wet your hair for at least twenty-four hours after getting a perm at the risk of deactivating the ammonium thioglycolate?

Chutney Windham:

And wouldn't somebody who's had, say, thirty perms before in their life be well aware of this rule? And if in fact, you weren't washing your hair, as I suspect you weren't because your curls are still intact, wouldn't you have heard the gunshot? And if in fact, you had heard the gunshot, Brooke Windham wouldn't have had time to hide the gun before you got downstairs. Which would mean that you would have had to found Mrs. Windham with a gun in her hand to make your story plausible. Isn't that right?

Chutney Windham:
She's my age! Did she tell you that? How would you feel if your father married someone who was your age?

You, however, had time to hide the gun, didn't you Chutney? After you shot your father.

Chutney Windham:
[in tears] I didn't mean to shoot him! [points at Brooke] I thought it was YOU walking through the door!

[Courtroom audience gasps]

Order, order! Order!

Oh, my god.

Oh, my god.

Oh, my god.

Bailiff, take the witness into custody where she will be charged for the murder of Heyworth Windham. In the matter of The State vs. Brooke Windham, this case is dismissed. Mrs. Windham, you are free to go.

[Courtroom audience cheers]

[Guards grab Miss Windham by the arm and arrest her.]

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