LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) stars Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a cheeky college queen whose world of carefully manicured illusions falls apart when her Harvard Law School-affiliated boyfriend tells her she`s neither cool enough nor smart enough for him. He needs a stylish girlfriend in the guise of Jackie Kennedy, and poor She`s all about Gucci loafers, Prada handbags and way too blonde and kitsch California. Determined to win back the selfish, she studied hard for her law school entrance exams and was accepted to Harvard, where she struggled to gain acceptance while maintaining her angry fashion rhythm and girlish nature. Since Goldie Hawn`s portrayal of the mute blonde in films like Shampoo (1975) and Private Benjamin (1980), no actress has managed to be as adorably hesitant as Witherspoon. They can be noticed more often. This can help you get a taxi faster. (laughs) But you will also be treated as someone without much brain, especially if in my case you are blonde, southern, and you are quite attractive. A lot of casting agents didn`t think I could handle more difficult roles just because of my appearance. It`s so incredibly stupid. Producer Marc Platt was fascinated by the character of Elle Woods when he received a manuscript of an unpublished novel.  «What I liked about this story is that it`s hilarious, sexy and challenging at the same time,» says Platt.
«The world looks at Her and sees someone who is blond and handsome, but no more. She, on the other hand, does not judge herself or anyone else. She thinks the world is great, she`s great, everyone is great, and nothing can change that. She truly is an irrepressible modern heroine.  After years of speculation and teasing, Deadline reported in May 2020 that Legally Blonde 3 had been given the green light. The outlet confirmed that Witherspoon will return as a blonde lawyer defending herself against Catcalls and won`t advocate for a sister sister to be wrongly accused of murdering her husband — after all: «Happy people don`t kill their husbands!» The film originally ended at the courthouse, just after Woods won the case, with Elle on the steps of the courthouse sharing a victory kiss with Emmett, then cutting a year into the future to see her with a now-blonde Vivian form their own blonde legal defense club at law school. After the test audience revealed that they didn`t like the ending, McCullah Lutz and Smith consulted Luketic, Platt and other members of the production team while they were still in the lobby of the theater, and they agreed that a new conclusion was needed. «It was just a weak ending,» said screenwriter McCullah Lutz. «The kiss didn`t feel right to me because it`s not a romantic comedy – it wasn`t about their relationship. So the test viewers said, «We want to see what happens – we want her to succeed.» That`s why we rewrote for graduation. Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel claim that the original ending also included Elle and Vivian drinking margaritas in Hawaii, implying that they were either best friends now or in love, although Smith and McCullah never wrote such an ending. Other suggested endings for the film included a musical number in which She, the judge, the jury and everyone in the courthouse sang and danced.  Have you ever been the victim of blonde stereotypes in your own career? Reese, you`ve had one of the most interesting careers as an actress in films like ELECTION (1999) and PLEASANTVILLE (1998), both of which have been in the top 10 of many critics.
Why a fluffy comedy about a stupid blonde? I thought the premise was great. This is reminiscent of classic comedies such as Private Benjamin (1980) and Working Girl (1988), which show how blonde women perceived as unintelligent and uninteresting can change themselves and their circumstances. And yes, I was told I was too blonde, which basically means all these things are grouped into one. LEGAL BLONDE (2001) was therefore my own private campaign against many prejudices and stereotypes. Witherspoon wore 40 different hairstyles in the film.  «Oh my God, it became known as `The hair that ate Hollywood,`» Luketic said. It was all about hair. I have this obsession with flyaways. It annoyed Reese a bit because I always had hairdressers on my face. But most of the time, the research and testing on set went in the right color, because `blonde` is open to interpretation, I thought.  See her.
At first, she works hard to get to Harvard Law School in order to impress and win back her boyfriend. Then she becomes much more aware of her own identity and begins to assert herself in very competitive conditions with her comrades. She fights for the respect of her classmates and teachers. At the beginning of the film, she has no other goals than to get married and lead a spoiled and privileged life. But she becomes a determined young woman who wants to pursue her ambitions. She overcomes the clichés associated with a pretty blonde. Amanda Brown published Legally Blonde in 2001 and was based on her real-life experiences as a blonde who attended Stanford Law School while she was obsessed with fashion and beauty, reading Elle magazine and frequently colliding with the personalities of her peers.  You are a natural blonde. What are the advantages and disadvantages of blondeness? I play the typical California nurse who cares a lot more about hair, grooming and the latest fashion trends,» says Witherspoon. «In Los Angeles, blondes are supposed to fit somewhere between stupid and superficial.
I have another blow for me. I`m from the South, so I`m a blonde from the South. This shouldn`t be a good combination if you`re an actress trying to be taken seriously. The outline of Legally Blonde grew out of Brown`s experiences as a blonde who went to Stanford Law School while obsessed with fashion and beauty, reading Elle magazine and frequently colliding with the personalities of her peers. In 2000, Brown met producer Marc Platt, who helped her develop her manuscript into a novel. Platt hired screenwriters McCullah Lutz and Smith to adapt the book into a film. The project caught the attention of director Luketic, an Australian newcomer who came to Hollywood after the success of his first offbeat short film Titsiana Booberini. «I had been reading scripts for two years and couldn`t find anything to put my own personal imprint until Legally Blonde came along,» Luketic said. Legally Blonde is a 2001 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber and Jennifer Coolidge. The story follows Elle Woods (Witherspoon), a sister who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III (Davis) by earning a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, overcoming stereotypes against blondes, and triumphing as a successful lawyer. Witherspoon, now 25, has never looked back.
Four years ago, she fell in love with actor Ryan Philippe and married three months before the birth of her daughter Ava, who turns two on September 9. I recently spoke with Reese Witherspoon at Le Petit Four à L. A., where the really very intelligent, open and strong-willed actress talked about blondes, Hollywood competition and a rare example of a young mother working on the verge of glory. In keeping with her fashion role in LEGALLY BLONDE (2001), Reese wore an elegant Versace print dress and a pair of Ferragamo shoes. The University of Southern California and Stanford refused to allow the producers to use their academic names in the film.  «[The film`s producers] asked if they could play the film at USC, but photos of her as a student and in sisterhood. We felt like there were too many stereotypes,» says Elijah May, the film`s on-campus coordinator at USC. The production decided that Elle would go to a fictional college called CULA.  Oh, I`ve heard it all. I`ve been told that I`m not sexy enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, and even that I`m not tall enough (Witherspoon is 5`3″) to get a certain role. In May 2020, it was announced that Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor had signed a contract for a third film.
 The third film was supposed to be released in mid-2022, but has been postponed to an unknown date. Others were more critical of the film and its script. Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter described the film as «predictable, cute and surprisingly little real humor,» but «still passes thanks to Witherspoon`s magnetic presence.»  Michael O`Sullivan of The Washington Post called the film «Redux clueless, but without the edgy, knowing mind.»  Jessica Winter of The Village Voice called the film «a junk food movie that strives to be nutritious.» «This is one of your special offers Racier Be Yourself after school, crossed with Who Moved My Cheese? for the Cosmo girls,» Winter said.  Please enter your email address and we will send you a new password via email. Were there any adjustments to be made when you and Ryan started living together? «In the real world, the Legally Blonde judge would not have allowed the defendant to fire the Alan Dershowitz-style attorney in the middle of the trial and keep the law student, not to mention that no state allows first-year law students to represent clients in court,» Wendel wrote.  The film cites Massachusetts Supreme Court Rule 3.03 as a precedent for Woods to represent a client under the supervision of a licensed attorney, but the decision only applies to third-year law students.  «Time flies when you`re busy using legalese in your daily life,» she joked via Instagram in July 2021.