Legally Blonde (stylised as LEGALLY blonde ) is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic , written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith , and produced by Marc E. Platt . The film stars Reese Witherspoon as a sorority girl who struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend by earning a law degree , along with Luke Wilson as a young attorney she meets during her studies, Matthew Davis as the ex-boyfriend, Selma Blair as his new fiancée, Victor Garber and Holland Taylor as law professors, Jennifer Coolidge as a manicurist, and Ali Larter as a fitness instructor accused of murder. The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown . Lutz based the film's sorority culture on her own experiences at James Madison University .
In America, the film was released on July 13, 2001 and received generally positive reviews. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy and ranks 29th on Bravo's 2007 list of "100 Funniest Movies". For her performance, Witherspoon was nominated for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the 2002 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance .
The film's box-office success led to a 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde , and a 2009 direct-to-DVD spin-off, Legally Blondes . Additionally, Legally Blonde: The Musical premiered on January 23, 2007, in San Francisco and opened in New York City at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 29, 2007, starring Laura Bell Bundy . The musical has since closed on Broadway, but opened to very good reviews and box office in London's West End . The large ambitious scores to both feature films were written by Rolfe Kent and were orchestrated by Tony Blondal . They featured a 90 piece orchestra and were recorded at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, Ca.
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