Legally Blonde

2001 PG-13 1h 36m DVD

Legally Blonde

2001 PG-13 1h 36m DVD
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Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods, a Valley girl who one-ups her Harvard-bound boyfriend by enrolling at the university's law school after he jilts her. But instead of failing, Elle learns that she has what it takes to become an attorney.
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter, Jessica Cauffiel, Alanna Ubach, Linda Cardellini, Meredith Scott Lynn, Raquel Welch, Wayne Federman, Tane McClure, James Read
Robert Luketic
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Legally Blonde is a 2001 tongue-in-cheek comedy. It has some sexual references and gay stereotyping. There are references to lap dances, body parts, wet t-shirt contests, and long interludes in the hot tub. Elle's professor makes a pass at her. Elle's sorority life in California is all about mani-pedis, Prada shoes, and snagging the right guy. She may decide to go to Harvard for the wrong reasons -- following a guy -- but she learns to value her brains in the end -- even if she continues to celebrate her successes with a shopping spree. There's college drinking and some profanity ("s--t," "t-ts," "ass," "a--hole," "balls," "bastard," "bitch," etc.)

Sexual Content

Sorority girls are shown in their (chaste) underwear as they get ready for their evenings. References to lap dances, body parts, wet t-shirt contests, and long interludes in the hot tub. Elle's professor makes a pass at her.


Some verbal bullying behavior from Paulette's ex-husband.


Crude language includes "S--t," "t-ts," "ass," "a--hole," "balls," "bastard," "bitch," "boobs," "damn," "dammit," "Goddammit," "hell," "jerk," "piss," "prick," and "slut."

Social Behavior

Though Elle is the epitome of a material girl, and though she applies to Harvard for the sole reason of pursuing a guy, she learns to value herself as an intellectual being, while holding onto her superficial (albeit comedic) roots.


The list of goodies is long and numerous since Elle and her friends go shopping to reward themselves. Cosmopolitan magazine, Clairol, Opi nail polish, Prada, Porsche, Harvard, Malibu Barbie, Apple products (Elle's ibook is very prominent), Taco Bell, Clinique, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of scenes in which college kids engage in casual drinking: keg parties, blender drinks, etc. Elle's dad always has a martini in hand. Elle shares a beer with Paulette.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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