have to be extra good to earn an audiences' affection. Because
by nature they are formulaic, no-one goes looking for any surprises in
the plot; or complex surprise twists. People want to like the main
character and want them to suceed and then they want to shake the lead
by the shoulders and say 'No, Man A isn't the man for you, look Man B
loves you'. The script must be funny, the costumes must be covetable.
When someone leaves the cinema after seeing a romatic comedy they want
to be walking out with the satisfaction that a little bit of the world
has been put right, inspired that they too can find the man of their
Legally Blonde meets all these requirements.
The plot is simple. Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), head of her
sorority goes to dinner with her boyfriend Warner (Matthew Davis),
expecting that he will propose. Instead he tells her that he is heading
off to law school and dumping her because, if he wants to be a senator
he's going to have to 'marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn'. Down but not
out, Elle decides to follow him to Harvard Law School to show him that
she has brains as well as beauty. Along the way she meets Emmett (Luke
Wilson), who is mystified by her, and convinced that Elle has a lot
more potential than she thinks she does.
Reese Witherspoon is at her most likeable here, as the charming Elle.
All the way through, glimpses are shown that she is not as dim as first
appears, and its really heartwarming to see her become more sucessful
at law. My one complaint about this film is that there isn't enough
Luke Wilson, who more than fills the shoes of the perfect Man B! There
is also a very enjoyable sub-plot featuring Jennifer Coolidge as
manicurist Paulette, who Elle teaches how to stand up for herself and
approach the object of her affection.
There is a reason Legally Blonde is still a very popular rom-com nearly
10 years after it's release; it's so relentlessy cheerful and it leaves
you feeling brilliant. And what better reason to watch a film?