Legally Blonde (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
I guess you know that all movies with Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and David Spade are exactly alike. They are made for loser guys, and they transport them into a masturbatory fantasy world where the chicks push aside Brad Pitt and the rich, handsome fraternity guys to get to them.
|Also Rodney Dangerfield makes exactly the same movies, except for old loser farts, in which the beer-swillin' regular guy proves to have more class and intelligence than the guys who used to be rich, handsome fraternity guys but are now country club swells and evil stockbrokers. Since this is true, the beautiful women push aside George Clooney to get to Rodney.||
|With the exception of
"Clueless", there haven't been many Sandler/Dangerfield
films for females. This movie is an attempt to fill that same gap, and
could easily be called Clueless 2.
The president of the fashion sorority, a virtual encyclopedia of the back issues of Cosmo and Glamour, and an expert on fabulous hair and skin, is dumped by her Harvard-bound boyfriend when he heads off to law school. A rich lawyer has to have the right type of wife after all, someone substantial, not an obvious bimbo who doesn't own anything that is not pink.
Needless to say, it turns out that she's not only a much nicer person, but also a better lawyer than the snobby boyfriend or the snooty professors, (insert plot details from Rodney Dangerfield's "Back to School").
I think I can best sum up whether you'll like this film with an anecdote. I went to see this film with my son. We usually agree on the entertainment value of movies, and we both liked it, thought it was "OK for a girly film". Predictably, the audience consisted of all young women and girls except us.
If you can sit through this kind of film, it would be an excellent place to pick up chicks, I thought. I once had a friend who used to go to male strip shows. He didn't actually go inside. He'd just wait outside for the show to end, and hundreds of horny women would emerge, many of whom would hit on him in the parking lot. What a sweet scam.
Then I got home and asked my daughter how she liked the film. She thought it was wonderful. She thought it was great to show that you shouldn't judge a woman by her appearance, she thought all the pink stuff was ever so cute, she described this entire movie as "very empowering" and started filling out her application for Harvard Law, whereupon I informed her that she might consider getting through 10th grade chemistry first.
So I guess the general rules of thumb would be these:
Tuna's comments in yellow
This is one where I
slightly disagree with Scoopy. The film started off with Reese
Witherspoon as a totally like fabulous sorority president on the day
of the date when she expected her Harvard Law School bound boyfriend
to propose. Instead, he dumps her. He explains that he intends being a
senator, andneeds a wife like Jackie Kennedy, not Marilyn Monroe. She
hits on the perfect solution -- go to Harvard Law School and impress
him. Not an easy thing to do for a fashion merchandising major, but we
learn early on not to underestimate her.
The DVD has both 4/3 and widescreen version, two commentary tracks, a trivia track, and a second DVD (actually the other side) of out-takes and making of features. Reese never got naked, and her best exposure was in a video within the film, supposedly her Harvard admittance essay, where she was in a bikini. They distorted that footage to make it look like a home video. She also showed major cleavage in many of her costumes, including a bunny outfit. Raquel Welch appears in a small part, and looks awfully good for a 61 year old woman. I wouldn't normally have done images, but they were requested by a Fun House reader. I agree with Scoops C+, but personally enjoyed much of the humor in the second half of the film, and was in the mood for a feel good ending.
Scoopy's note: of the two films with the same plot, "Back to School" and "Legally Blonde", it is the latter which uses farce in order for the hero to triumph over the establishment.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with over-the-top farce. That is a good thing. The greatest comedies ever created generally fall into that category. That's what Blazing Saddles is, and Duck Soup, and Ground Hog Day. Comedies grounded in reality, ala Annie Hall, are the exception rather than the rule. I think Legally Blonde was an entertaining movie, but just because Witherspoon managed to create a role that many people could relate to. She is a star. The film was "cute".
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