Much like its lead character, the movie is simple-minded, unsophisticated and lacking in depth and sharp wit - in short, an average chick flick. However, it makes up for that in charm. I was surprisingly invested in the protagonist who turned out not to be as annoying as I thought she'd be. Sure, she's a bit of a dolt, but she's captivating. While nothing to write home about, it's a funny and even heartwarming film.
it's ridiculous of course, but it carries an important message to the audience it's targeted for - young girls, who will hopefully watch this and realize that some guys (Warner, the sleazy professor, Paulettes ex-husband) just ain't shit.
Never really sells the case that Elle Woods isn't just a relatively clueless person who succeeds based largely on her wealthy parents, looks, & dumb luck, undermining its own message, very anti-feminist beyond surface. Witherspoon carries the film so hard, must have back issues. All stock caricatures, predictable plotting, and only funny half the time (bend & snap!). Mostly fun, empty calories 1.5