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Legally Blonde


``Legally Blonde''... enjoyable and even motivating.

SHE'S BLONDE, perky and presumably dumb. And he's from the Boston aristocracy who needs to follow family traditions and ``marry a Jackie and not a Marilyn'' and go to Harvard Law School as many of his predecessors in the family. He does not take her seriously because he thinks a) she's not too smart b) she's not good enough for his pedigree and c) well, she's just a pretty distraction, a blonde one at that!

And so when Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) super popular, honours student, president of her sorority, a runner up for Miss Hawaii Tropic and Miss June in the campus calendar, hopes he will pop the question and reward her with the a six carat rock, she is rudely brought to earth by his reasons. Heartbroken naturally, she tries to reason with him saying ``Is not love everything?'' But then Warner (Mathew Davis) is sure she is totally unsuitable for his future political career! What is a girl to do then? Give up? Oh no not Elle- determined to get him back she decides to go to Harvard Law School putting herself through the grind of preparing for the tests and the essays. And what is more she qualifies with flying colours!

At Harvard, she is a rarity with her colourful clothes and breezy attitude to everything. She finds it hard to be fabulous- and pink colour and tight leather skirts don't get her far in the navy blue blazer world of law school and its tough going -- till she decides to beat them, Warner and his snooty fiancée Vivian (Selma Blair). She works hard enough to be selected as an intern helping a prestigious law firm with a high profile murder trial. And what do you know - she wins the respect of her peers albeit and ends up defending the client Brooke Taylor (Ali Larter) by herself in the ultimate show of observation, wit and brainpower.

A novel by Amanda Brown, a blonde lawyer who attended Stanford Law School is the inspiration behind this film which makes very light viewing. Some facts and myths about women and their attitudes are frothily told with truly amusing dialogue, (screenplay- Karen McCullah Lutz and Kristen Smith). What is really heart warming is the odd assortment of characters that make the narration very charming — the sorority girlfriends Margot and Serena, manicurist therapist Paulette, steely Professor Stromwell, the feminist Enid and her first defendant, a fitness guru on trial for murdering her husband.

Elle has some refreshing thoughts on how to go by instincts — for instance ``anyone who exercises release endorphins; it makes them happy; and such people just don't commit murder!'' Good thinking it would appear when you see how the film ends! Directed by Australian director Robert Luketic, MGM and 20th Century Films, ``Legally Blonde" is enjoyable - in fact through all the laughter and gloss some basic truths emerge giving those with zero expectations about themselves some motivation to achieve.

CHITRA MAHESH

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