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Legally Blonde Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Predictable, cutesy and surprisingly short on genuine humor, Legally Blonde gets by thanks to the magnetic presence of Witherspoon.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    She may be follically blond, but as an actor of distinction who's all of 25, Reese Witherspoon reveals interesting dark roots even as she plays golden girls.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A featherweight comedy balanced between silliness and charm.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Guilty of inciting a near-laugh riot thanks to an irresistible leading lady whose comic instincts are as impeccable as her manicure.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Witherspoon goes further, pouring so much humor and pizzazz into Elle that she lifts up the whole movie.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Thanks to Ms. Witherspoon's artful portrayal of a winning, if beachless, Gidget, I found Legally Blonde very enjoyable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Bombshell discovers her brainy side in fun romp for teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tongue-in-cheek comedy plays up the glories of material riches. Elle's sorority life in California is all about mani-pedis, Prada shoes, and snagging the right guy. She may decide to go to Harvard for the wrong reasons -- following a guy -- but she learns to value her brains in the end -- even if she continues to celebrate her successes with a shopping spree. There are some sexual references and gay stereotyping, and college drinking and some foul language are prevalent.

  • Families can talk about why Elle did not have higher aspirations for herself, and the role her parents played in shaping the way she thought about her future.
  • They might also want to talk about Elle's choice to keep her client's secret, even when it put her defense at risk, and about the mistakes people make when they judge other people based on appearances. What made Elle succeed when more experienced lawyers did not?
  • What did the way Elle responded to a practical joke show us about her?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Though Elle is the epitome of a material girl, and though she applies to Harvard for the sole reason of pursuing a guy, she learns to value herself as an intellectual being, while holding onto her superficial (albeit comedic) roots.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Elle may be materialistic, but she gets good grades and takes a leadership role among her peers. She's also kind to everyone she meets.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some verbal bullying behavior from Paulette's ex-husband.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sorority girls are shown in their (chaste) underwear as they get ready for their evenings. References to lap dances, body parts, wet t-shirt contests, and long interludes in the hot tub. Elle's professor makes a pass at her.

  • language false2

    Language: Crude language includes "S--t," "t-ts," "ass," "asshole," "balls," "bastard," "bitch," "boobs," "damn," "dammit," "Goddammit," "hell," "jerk," "piss," "prick," and "slut." 

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: The list of goodies is long and numerous since Elle and her friends go shopping to reward themselves. Cosmopolitan magazine, Clairol, Opi nail polish, Prada, Porsche, Harvard, Malibu Barbie, Apple products (Elle's ibook is very prominent), Taco Bell, Clinique, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of scenes in which college kids engage in casual drinking: keg parties, blender drinks, etc. Elle's dad always has a martini in hand. Elle shares a beer with Paulette.