"Legally Blonde" is an effortless yet cute little comedy that will no doubt make a star out of Reese Witherspoon, a lovely yet strong actress who has had her share of diverse roles (from "Pleasantville" to "Election"), and finally gets her own starring role as a lawyer with her own form of style. It's as if Cher from "Clueless" is all grown up but in age only.Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, who is every bit as Valley Girl as the stereotypes make her out to be, a girl who has just finished a good four year run at college, majoring in fashion. When her hunk of a boyfriend (Matthew Davis) breaks up with her when he has dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a senator ("I want to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn"), Elle is infuriated, and decides to follow his steps and become a lawyer herself. She doesn't change her style a bit and comes to Harvard, bringing all of her personal effects with her.
What surprised me is how well Elle is fleshed out. At the forefront, you think that she's just another ditz that doesn't know anything, but instead really turns out to be a nice person who has brains as well as beauty. Elle is eager to please, especially when she plays cupid between a manicurist (Jennifer Coolidge, a fair departure from her silicone enhanced stature in "Best in Show" and "American Pie"), and shares the funniest scene in the movie with Elle, who teaches a goofy technique to get guys.
Sadly, the movie presses along into a boring court case involving a young woman (Ali Larter) who is accused of murdering her husband. Even though there's an interesting surprise as to how this woman and Elle are connected, by this point the film runs out of steam. Witherspoon does what she can to hold it together but the material downs her at times. Luke Wilson plays a sort-of love interest, but he's hardly there half the time, and he looks bored.Overall, however, the film is likable and cute. Reese Witherspoon was the biggest happening from this film, and good for her. She has the beauty and the intelligence to shape a whole career. It's interesting that a film like this and not "Election" would be the one to do it, but that's okay.