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Why Legally Blonde Is An Underrated Romantic Comedy

Why Legally Blonde Is An Underrated Romantic Comedy

Legally Blonde Has Great Cultural Significance

Many may write Legally Blonde off as simply another “chick flick”. However, Legally Blonde has managed to flip the classic plot of a rom-com and turn it on its head

The Plot

Legally Blonde was released in 2001 and raised several of its cast members to superstardom almost overnight. 

Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Davis, Selma Blair, Luke Wilson, and Jennifer Coolidge were all part of the original cast. The film went on to have a sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, released in 2003. As well as a Broadway musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical, released in 2007. 

The plot of the film revolves around Witherspoon’s character Elle Woods and Davis’s character Warner Huntington III relationship. Elle thinks Warner is going to propose to her, but instead he breaks up with her and says he’s going to Harvard Law School. Although devastated by the unexpected breakup, Elle eventually decides to enroll at Harvard to win Warner back. 

Main Themes 

Legally Blonde has several key messages portrayed throughout. Two of the main points are that you don’t need to give up your career to find love. And you can do anything you put your mind to.

Even though Elle initially goes to Harvard to win Warner back, she realizes she has a real passion for law and wants to make a difference. She eventually meets Emmet, a fellow law student. Over the course of the film, their relationship develops. However, instead of following the typical plot lines, the film went in a different direction. More often than not in rom-coms, audiences either see the classic haters-to-lovers scenario or the women being the hopeless romantic with the man being charming, sarcastic and a bit cynical. In the second scenario, the women are often under the impression that she can change the man in one way or another.

Why Legally Blonde Is An Underrated Romantic Comedy

However, Elle and Emmet’s relationship differs from other films in this genre. The couple’s relationship starts with Emmet giving her advice on how to deal with various professors during her first day of classes. Later in the film, they help each other while preparing for the trial of Brooke Windom. Emmet also helps Elle during the trial, representing her once she becomes Windom’s lawyer. 

Ultimately, the couple’s relationship is built on a foundation of trust and respect. They want to help each other and watch the other succeed in the process. The end of the film doesn’t revolve around the couple getting married. Instead, they both graduate and get engaged. 

At its core Legally Blonde is about a young woman realizing that there is more to life than romantic endeavors. Elle realizes she has a real passion for her career and finds love afterwards. More often than not characters in rom coms are searching for love and realizing their own interest and passions later on. Legally Blonde is refreshing because it flips this genre’s usual narrative on its head.

Even though Elle initially goes to Harvard to win Warner back, she realizes she has a real passion for law and wants to make a difference. She eventually meets Emmet, a fellow law student. Over the course of the film their relationship develops. However, instead of following the typical plot lines the film went in a different direction. More often than not in rom-coms we will either see the classic lovers-to-haters scenario or, the women being the hopeless romantic with the man being charming, sarcastic and a bit cynical. In the second scenario the women are often under the impression that she can change the man in one way or another.

Elle’s Relationship 

However, Elle and Emmet’s relationship differs from other films in this genre. The couple’s relationship starts with Emmet giving her advice on how to deal with various professors during her first day of classes. Later in the film they help each other while preparing for the trial of Brooke Windom. Emmet also helps Elle during the trial representing her once she becomes Windom’s lawyer. 

Ultimately, the couple’s relationship is built on a foundation of trust and respect. They want to help each other and watch the other succeed in the process. The end of the film doesn’t revolve around the couple getting married. Instead, they both graduate and get engaged. 

Legally Blonde is about a young woman realizing that there is more to life than romantic endeavors. Elle realizes she has a real passion for her career and finds love afterwards. More often than not, characters in rom-coms are searching for love and realizing their own interest and passions later on. Legally Blonde is refreshing because it flips this genre’s usual narrative on its head.

Why Legally Blonde Is An Underrated Romantic Comedy

Legally Blonde (2001) Official MGM Trailer

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