Everyone in the theater seemed happy watching this film. And that is what makes this film so compelling. It is saturated with compelling optimism and happiness. It is a delightful film that makes you smile.
Review by David Bruce


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Directed by Robert Luketic
Screenplay by Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith
Novel by Amanda Brown

Reese Witherspoon .... Elle Woods
Luke Wilson .... Emmett Richmond
Selma Blair .... Vivian
Matthew Davis .... Warner
Victor Garber .... Professor Callahan
Jennifer Coolidge .... Paulette Bonafonte
Holland Taylor .... Professor Stromwell
Ali Larter .... Brooke
Jessica Cauffiel .... Margot
Alanna Ubach .... Serena
Oz Perkins .... Dorky David
Linda Cardellini .... Chutney Windham
Bruce Thomas .... UPS Guy
Meredith Scott Lynn .... Enid Wexler
Raquel Welch .... Mrs. Windham Vandermark
Samantha Lemole .... Claire
Kelly Nyks .... Arrogant Aaron
Ted Kairys .... Gerard
Michael B. Silver .... Bobby
Kimberly McCullough .... Amy

Produced by Ric Kidney and Marc E. Platt
Original music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond
Film Editing by Anita Brandt-Burgoyne and Garth Craven

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language and sexual references.

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This summer go blonde!

Click to enlargeElle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She?s the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there?s just one thing stopping Warner (Matthew Davis) from popping the question: Elle is too blonde.

Click to enlargeGrowing up across the street from Aaron Spelling might mean something in LA, but nothing to Warner?s East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall. Elle must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities everyday.

The Power of the Smile
by David Bruce,
Web Master
The plot is typical, believe me, you have seen it several times before:
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Girl dates self centered boy.
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Girl loves boy.
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Boy leaves girl for greener pastures.
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Girl pursues boy.
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Boy is revealed as the self-centered jerk he is.
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Girl discovers a world beyond the boy.
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Boy ends up with no future.
Girl becomes successful.

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- And in true Hollywood fashion,
she discovers the true love of her life.

Everyone in the theater seemed happy watching this film. Several even hung around to view the credits, as though they did not want it to end.

And that is what makes this film so compelling. It is saturated with undeniable optimism and happiness. It is a delightful film that makes you smile.

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A frowning face repels. A smile reaches out and attracts. Don?t fence it in . . . loosen up . . . smile!
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. ----GEORGE ELIOT (1819?1880)
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Give us, oh, give us, the man who sings at his work! He will do more in the same time, he will do it better, he will persevere longer. One is scarcely aware of fatigue while he marches to music.
--THOMAS CARLYLE (1795?1881)
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Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
?Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the person worthwhile is the one who will smile When everything goes dead wrong.
--ELLA WHEELER (1855?1919)

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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

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A smile costs nothing but creates much.
A smile is a curve that helps to set things straight.
If you meet someone who has no smile, give them yours.
Most smiles are started by another smile.

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A smile costs nothing but creates much.
Nobody needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.
There are a thousand languages, but a smile speaks them all.

Click to enlargeSome closing thoughts to ponder---

O what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
--FANNY CROSBY (1820?1915)

I thought God?s purpose was to make me full of happiness and joy. It is, but it is happiness and joy from God?s standpoint, not from mine.
--OSWALD CHAMBERS (1874?1917)

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Subject: Legally Blonde
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001
From: "Ken Priebe"

Mr. David Bruce--
My name is Ken; first time message poster, long time fan of Hollywood Jesus! I am a movie-holic animator/writer/filmmaker/Christian believer and this site has done wonders for shaping my outlook on culture.

Just thought I'd comment on what I found compelling about Legally Blonde, which my wife and I rented last week. What struck me was that what made Elle a successful lawyer was the fact that she had experience with PEOPLE. Knowing details about how people think and what products they use, etc. helped her win her case. She didn't fit in or follow the crowd, but stood out as different, as human, interested and caring towards people with a childlike compassion. This contrasts with her peers who studied the books hard and knew all the "facts," but that's all they knew. A similar theme runs through Patch Adams, another wonderful film.

My point is that it made me think of Christians who memorize scripture and "know the Bible" in terms of facts, but don't live the Christian life by caring for people or knowing about them, what makes them tick. Forming relationships and loving others is what following Christ is all about, more than knowing everything the books say. A very modern parallel with the Pharisees and Jesus.

Again, I love your site; please feel free to post this message.
In Christ, Ken Priebe

PS Check out my web site! Contains my testimony and a "favorite movies" page!

Response: Thanks for the good words. Love your site! -David

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