Fantastic chick flick
M | I wait behind the wall, gnawing away at your reali | 07/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reese Witherspoon is adorable in this film. Her character seems to be nothing more than a cute blonde who's into girlie stiff (the color pink, fashion, shoes, what have you) but Elle Woods' character takes on quite the transformation. Yes, she was already driven before (organizing charity events, getting a great GPA in her previous college and etc) but law school is a far cry from a sunny California college where she got a degree in fashion.
It's funny to see her flounder around for a bit as she deals with her new surroundings, but she dives right in after a few flubs, and shows that blondes really aren't all dumb. Overall this is a fun movie with lots of funny scenes but enough seriousness to balance out the film, and a funny and satisfying ending."
Don't judge a book by its cover...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 06/02/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love Reese Witherspoon. A lot of my friends kind of hate her, but I think she is comedic brilliance, and her creation of Elle Woods is just one of her many flawless brush strokes. In fact, she alone takes this rather generic and at times reaching script and makes it one of the most delightful film experiences of the 00's.
I see its flaws, but they are forgivable thanks to Witherspoon.
Now, the general concept of this film is that of a young and airheaded hot chick named Elle who finds herself dumped by her boyfriend when he goes to Law School. In an attempt to win him back, Elle decides to attend the same school and prove that she is more than a pretty face. She meets lots of opposition in the form of a spiteful `new' girlfriend and a slew of fellow students who consider her a joke. Instead of buckling though, Elle buckles down and puts in the work, proving to herself and to those who doubted her that her head is not as empty as they thought it was.
Like I said, this movie is a lot of fun. It does have its dry moments though. I personally found a lot of the `hair salon' sub-plot to be rather dull and distracting from the real story, which revolved around the school and the case Elle finds herself working on. The predictable yet tacky teacher/student scenario that unfolds in the end was a little unnecessary, but what else do you expect from these kinds of films.
Thankfully, amidst all the familiarity lies a fantastic performance by a beacon of light that just illuminates every aspect of this film. Reese Witherspoon takes the generic airhead girlfriend role and turns it on its head with brilliantly constructed, multi-layered character development. She has her comedic timing down pat, making almost every facial twitch a comedic affair; but she also understands that dramatic tension needed to make Elle a relatable and sympathetic character.
Like I said, multi-layered.
As great as Witherspoon is (and I really mean great), she is not the only person here who puts in a commendable performance. In fact, the entire ensemble works really well together. I love Selma Blaire here. I actually think she is a sorely underrated actress who I wish would get some better roles. Her doe-like eyes balance out her permanent `snob' facial expression that helps add layers of depth to her cold exterior. I heart her. Luke Wilson and Matthew Davis are serviceable `boy toys' here, but the females definitely outshine here, including the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge (shining despite her dull plot points), Holland Taylor and Ali Larter. Victor Garber is always a welcome addition to any ensemble as far as I'm concerned, despite my reservations on his eventual character arc.
Flawed by highly engaging and a lot of fun, this spectacularly acted teen comedy certainly deserves a place in any DVD library!"