VIDEO: Legally Blonde (2001)

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It’s another Movie Recommendation from Sofie, as she reviews Reese Witherspoon as a sorority girl who tries to win back her ex by going to law school in Legally Blonde! Sofie’s a chick, and she’s blonde, so, obviously a chick flick with a blonde lead should be just her type of movie… Or is it? Well, in the case, the answer is yes. This is a movie recommendation, after all.

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  • StevePotter

    The comparison between “Oblivion” and “The Ugly Truth” is a little unfair. You could have chosen a chick flick that isn’t horrendous.

    • Sofie Liv

      I have seen neither and heard that both are compleately forgettable… I have also yet to watch “Britney Jones’s Diary.” all though that is the movie EVERY girl I know tells me to watch..

      • John Wilson

        Well Oblivion has Tom Cruise and women still like him(I think):).

  • Jerry Nava

    I actually saw this movie a couple of times, my mom and my sister loved it and I was around so there, it’s good for what it is, pretty good take on the “dumb blonde” concept, I just wish they didn’t ruin it with the sequels…

    Side note…the quality of the movie footage in this episode was a tad bit low, did you have conversion troubles?

    • Sofie Liv

      Well.. I actually don’t think the sequel is that bad.

      No it’s not nearly as good as the first one, but it’s also innocent enough and maintain the good message as well as not screwing things up that mattered in the first one.

      The direct to DVD “Legally blondes.” how-ever.. which has nothing to do with the original movie.. and really did fall into all of the traps such movies tends to fall into.. urgh.. -_-;

      The musical based on this movie is actually quite decent to, i’ll even say the story around her new love interest is improved in that one, though other things had to be cut.

      And yeah.. a little trouble, should be fixed for the next video though.

      • danbreunig

        A little note on one thing you said: that if the leading role was a male, they would really milk this franchise out like many others. They did just that with LB with a female lead, although LB 2 still had Reese W., so at least they had that. So it’s not just a leading gender issue, it’s more “turns out it’s a hit, so let’s churn out two to five more” mentality. I gave this one a look and it just didn’t hook me despite the encouraging point. Maybe I need another look now, as you series title suggests.

        • Sofie Liv

          what I meant was that if Reese Witherspoon had been male, they would have been milching the hell out of the actor.

          Where do we even see her these days!?

          The franchise how-ever, hell yes they are milching it for all of its worth…

          You decide, it’s innocent and unharmful, but also a bit of a chick flick, so it’s all up to you.

      • Dennis Fischer

        The delight of LEGALLY BLONDE is that the main character is actually smart, she just has different values than those ambitious preppies around her, and so they continually stereotype and underestimate her, while she uses her smarts to come out on top and trump their expectations of her. I loved the first movie, but found the sequel a major disappointment. There Elly is just ditzy and no longer portrayed as smart, a real betrayal of the sensibility set up on the original film.

        • Sofie Liv

          yeah… pretty much.

  • Mike

    This is kind of old question without a clear answer Sofie, but just how would you define “chick flicks?” I usually avoid using the word to describe romantic comedies with female leads in general because it has kind of disparaging and limiting ring to it. Like it’s supposed to be the sort of movie that only woman can enjoy just because it about “woman’s issues,” yet at the same time are so superficial in the plot points and themes that it’s sold as “girl matters.”

    • Sofie Liv

      A chick flick is a moved aimed directly and straight at females in the age of fifteen to mid-twenties.

      Often starring a young attractive woman whom is supposed to be the girls see through character, and the movies will usually if not always, be a romantic comedy, playing out the young girls fantasies about the perfect man.

      Thus the main character is often supposed to be an “Geeky, average, awkward girl.” whom must find herself and her true love.

      There are small differences between each movie, in this one for example, the main character is not a Geeky, awkward girl, but a popular beautiful girl, whom doesn’t hide it, which is one of the things so refreshing about this movie.

      You can go ahead and enjoy such movies, this movie for instance, I think every gender should be able to enjoy, simply because it’s good and upbeat.

      You are more likely to enjoy it if you are a woman, same way you are more likely to enjoy the exspendables if you are male. But there are still males enjoying these kinds of movies and females enjoying such movies as the exspendables, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

      The movie was just aimed at a female audience in its creation..

      • Mike

        All right now lets take this a step further: even if the movie is targeted to the audience you describe, when it’s well written to the point of creating characters that transcend formula and it’s enjoyable even to many beyond the target audience, does it transcend the stigma of chick flick? If it’s a movie with the basic elements you describe, but males seem as likely to enjoy it as female does that mean it’s too good to just be called a “chick flick” or does that mean it’s just a really good chick flick?
        I hope I’m not making this too confusing. The Nostalgia Chick video compression of When Harry meet Sally to Sleepless in Seattle ended with pretty much the same question to ponder over. It’s worth a watch if haven’t seen it, if for no other than illustrate the possible difference between an typical chick flick and something more transcendent.

        • Sofie Liv

          Then I would just call it a really good chick flick.

          And that’s just good, it’s just a shame most chick flicks are average and forgetable at best.

          Like this movie I just reviewed, i’ll call that a really really good chick flick.

          Chick flicks, is a genre. Same way as “buddie comedies.” “Monster movies.” “Spy movies.” “Slap stick comedies.” “buddie cop comedies.” are all genres, but can also intermix and a movie can be categorised at two different genres.

          For instance, Legally blond could be categorised as a “Chick flick, law drama, comedy.” movie, it fits all three criterias.

          And Hook is a. “Family, action adventure, comedy, movie.” so is the goonies, a movie can easily fill in more than one genre, so that’s fine.

          • Mike

            I’ve been going over the last few days as to whither this is worth return to few a moment and…well here I’m sooooo, hopefully it is.

            Just to be clear Sofie I do actually like this movie. For pretty much all the reasons you gave in the video, which btw made me a want to find out more about the broadway show. I guess it’s the whole ‘chick flick’ phrase for a sub-genre itself I just don’t like. I think Muthsarah put it very well “It’s a limiting term, a cinematic ghetto, as if movies for women are ONLY for women and thus men shouldn’t care for them, whereas movies with broader male appeal are, well, normal.”

            Still this movie has the kind of lead character and premise that could’ve easily been real bland and annoying in the wrong hands. It’s particularly movies with protagonists like Elle Woods who are not “Geeky, average, awkward girl,” but “bubbly, thrifty, and popular that we expect to be entertaining only on the most base level. Like either the audience or the filmmakers or both can’t make the distinction a gal just being a bimbo and flighty, maybe a little self-absorbed, but still intelligent in her own way. Thus, when we go see that kinds of chick-flick we expect the story as well as the character to be as flat and one-dimensional Too classics I saw over the last two years that defied those expectation (even if they are immensely dated) where Gidget (1959) and Valley Girls (1983). Both could benefit from a video review sometime.

        • Muthsarah

          Like you said, there’s no fixed definition of “chick flick”, so it’ll mean different things to different people.

          Movies based around romantic relationships, who will [blank] end up with, love triangles (not of the hero saves damsel from villain variety), weddings, and stuff are usually considered chick flicks. That doesn’t mean, however, that the movie couldn’t easily appeal to men as well, even if maybe not to the same extent. My Best Friend’s Wedding has all these qualities, and it is an excellent ensemble comedy that, while clearly targeted more towards women, can easily appeal to men as well. It’s probably considered a chick flick, but above all, it’s a good movie. While You Were Sleeping is another great relationship-centric love triangle-ish movie that I think has wide appeal. Jane Austen adaptations are all about one or more women seeking good husbands, because that’s what women of that station of that time were expected to devote their whole lives to. They can be considered chick flicks too, but they’re clearly very different from a Katherine Heigl movie. Magic Mike is even more different, but, by the numbers, it probably has stronger appeal for women than for men. Is it thus a chick flick?

          Bridesmaids could be a chick flick. Overwhelmingly female cast, about a wedding and female relationships. And also a raunchy comedy. I imagine most male moviegoers wouldn’t seek out a Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock movie, let alone a Jane Austen, but what about Bridesmaids? Does that make it not a chick flick? Or would a chick flick with moderate dude appeal no longer be a chick flick? Is chick flick defined more by what it isn’t – a movie with male appeal – or by what it is – a movie with predominantly female appeal?

          To me, the term has no clear meaning, and is usually used dismissively. It’s a limiting term, a cinematic ghetto, as if movies for women are ONLY for women and thus men shouldn’t care for them, whereas movies with broader male appeal are, well, normal.

  • Cheshire Cat

    And just like “Bring It On”, the direct to video sequels will go on, and on, and on, and…

    • Sofie Liv

      the direct to DVD sequels that has NOTHING to do with this movie..

  • MichaelANovelli

    Hey! Chihuahuas are awesome! Have you ever seen them fight bigger dogs? They can throw down!

    • Sofie Liv

      I’ll just never ever get handbag dogs. Ever!

      I like dogs, but I would like them to be prober dogs, you know.. bigger.

      And I am also more of a cat person any-way, I always had cat and probably will continue having them.

      • You think she has a big problem with handbag dogs? Try rabbits Mendo! What she’s been telling me about our supposed bunny friends! She sees Watership Down as a slapstick comedy! 😛

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, sir, I like rabbits, but they’re vicious little bastards, aren’t they?

        • danbreunig

          I think I want to hear that story. I think.

          • Sofie Liv

            Rabbits are secretly evil, and one of the worst pets you can ever have. End of story.

            They don’t like you, they don’t like to be with you, in fact they hate you and will fight against any petting.

            Sincerely, and I am not trying to be sarcastic or any-thing, rats makes MUCH better pets than either Rabbits, genuie pigs, hamsters or mice.

            Rats actually likes you, rats wants to be petted, rats can relax in the presence of humans, rats are awesome.

            Rabbits how-ever? they genuinly sucks as pets!

          • danbreunig

            Huh. The way Brewerman described, I thought there was a funny story involving a tangle with one, hence the anti-rabbit bit. I was stalked by an amorous peacock once, if you can believe that.

          • Sofie Liv

            the neighbour I grew up with always had a labrador, and dammit I loved that dog! I used to lend her all the time to walk around with in the forest.

            I may not sounded like it in my previous post, but I actually sincerely love animals, and love all of them.

            Which is probably why I got such apprehensiv towards certain animals species, as I cannot stop myself from trying to pet the animal when they are close by, and thus ended up with quite a few misshaps in my time.

            … I got a scar ln my right wrist which came from a very angry black kitten… IT WAS A VERY DANGEROUS KITTEN! It was like.. the seize of my palm!!!! … erh… bad kitty, bad.

          • MephLord

            Rats and mice are dirty, smelly bastards. Dogs are too dependent and fish are boring. Guinea Pigs and Hamsters go feral too easily. A cat is the only pet anyone should consider owning, even if they are lazy, narcissistic assholes.

          • danbreunig

            You’re right about the narcissism; they tend to love you as long as you feed them, then that’s about it. With dogs you can form a stronger bond, and yet I don’t get the living toy dogs (Chihuahuas) phenomenon either. My folks have a blue heeler / German shepherd mix–that’s plenty right there.

          • Sofie Liv

            No, Rats are the cleanest most intelligent roddent you can own!

            Seriously! you can even learn a rat tricks, and many rats will come when you call out their name.

            They like being petted, they will even start to purr, they are incredible clean and smell way less than a Guinie pig.

            I have owned both a Guinie pig and a Rabbit, so i’ve been through that shit, petting my freinds rat how-ever, speaking as a person whom attempted to pet several hamsters and genuie pigs (note, attempted.) I will say I was almost shocked about how much the rat wanted to be petted, it was like sitting with a tiny little cat, constantly pushing to your hand wanting an extra pet.

            I am most of all a cat person though, I grew up with cats, and the day I get a house I will have my own cat… though it looks like the next pet I am going to get around is a polecat as the girl I am intending to move together with next November owns one.. seriously… well that’s new.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Yeah, rats are the shit. ^_^

            You gotta be careful, though. If they get a taste for blood, they’ll turn on you…

          • danbreunig

            Pigs can also turn vicious if they sense weakness.

          • MichaelANovelli

            A polecat? You mean, like a skunk? That kind of polecat?

          • Sofie Liv

            No not a skunk, a “European polecat.”

            They are in the weasel family, and apparently tameable.

          • Hope that satisfied your curiosity to what that story was. She was giving me this pets lecture when she visited me in June, in the local pet store! I caught her scowling when we came to the bunny huts, or gas huts if she had her way!

          • danbreunig

            Bunnies! The bane of the Dane! (just kidding, Sofie)

      • MichaelANovelli

        Chihuahuas are proper dogs! They’re just bred for a different purpose than other dogs. They’re rat terriers; they’ve been bred to hunt and kill rodents. And rodents don’t go down without a fight!

        • Jerry Nava

          No, Chihuahuas suuuuuck. Take it from me, I had to suffer through three movies starring them.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Dude, I used to own one!

          • The Horror Guru

            I do own one. And she’s adorable… And fat. =P

          • MichaelANovelli

            Hurrah for fat chihuahuas!

          • Jerry Nava

            Good for you and Josh, I jut can’t stand them xD

  • The Horror Guru

    I’ve seen this movie way more times than I’m willing to admit, mainly due to my mother loving it so… Though I suppose the REAL confession is that I quite like it as well. =P

    • Sofie Liv

      Well I do to, so we are two then.