• Publication date: August 25, 2009

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Legally Blonde is a comedy based on the 2001 novel of the same ...

Legally Blonde is a comedy based on the 2001 novel of the same name about Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) who is portrayed as the typical pampered rich girl. Elle is president of her sorority, Delta Nu, at her university in California. Nearing graduation, Elle expects her Harvard Law School-bound boyfriend, Warner Huntington III (Matthew Davis), to propose, but he instead breaks up with her, insisting that she is not "serious" and would hinder his political future. Elle later finds out that Warner's brother, Putnam Bowes Huntington III, is marrying Muffy Walker Vanderbilt, also a Yale law student. Crushed, Elle decides the only way to way to win Warner back is to attend Harvard Law School. At Harvard, Elle is initially met with hostility and skepticism of her abilities, and she finds Warner is already engaged to fellow law student Vivienne Kensington (Selma Blair). Vivian reluctantly invites Elle to a party, but tells her it is a costume party (which it is not) to humiliate her. She confronts Warner and finds that his perception of her is unaffected by her accomplishments. Elle then decides to immerse herself in her studies and becomes a top student in her class but despite her achievements still finds it hard to be taken seriously . Along with Warner and Vivian, Elle is hired as an intern at Callahan's firm. They are assigned the case of defending a young woman, Brooke Taylor Windham (Ali Larter), accused of murdering her wealthy husband. Windham is coincidentally a former member of Elle's sorority and a famous fitness instructor, facts that convince Elle of her innocence. Elle exerts all her effort in defending her friend and finally manages to prove that her stepdaughter is the real killer. The end of the film shows that Elle graduated from Harvard as the class-elected speaker of her graduate class with high honors, and she has been recommended to one of the country's most successful law firms. Now Elle's best friend, Vivian has called off her engagement to Warner, who graduates with no honors or any prestigious job offers. Emmett Richmond (Luke Wilson), the trial assistant of one of Elle's professors, now Elle's boyfriend of two years, is revealed to be planning to propose to Elle right after her graduation. Legally Blonde was a Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Motion Picture and is listed as number 29 on Bravo's "Funniest Movies. It was released on June 26, 2001 and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.