The Redford Theatre presents ‘Legally Blonde,’ January 20

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Please join us on Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m. as the Redford Theatre continues to welcome the New Year with Legally Blonde, a modern screwball comedy with an empowering theme.

Reese Witherspoon stars in her award-winning role as Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen who decides to try to win back the man of her dreams (who had dumped her) by following him as he enters Harvard Law School. Along the way, she realizes there is more to her than looks. The film is based on the novel by Amanda Brown that describes her real-life experiences as a blonde attending Stanford Law School, obsessed with fashion and beauty.

For legal scholars, we should mention that the script takes some liberties with its depiction of law school and courtroom protocol. For example, no state would allow first-year law students to represent clients or question witnesses in a criminal court.

Don’t let yourself get distracted by these “little technicalities,” but you might want to watch for a brief appearance by Raquel Welch as Mrs. Windham Vandermark. You might also want to keep track of Witherspoon’s forty different hairstyles and her thirty-plus scarves that show up during the film.

On the other hand, you should probably sit back, relax, and watch Elle as she becomes empowered to overcome stereotypes against blondes and triumphs as a successful lawyer. One critic called Legally Blonde “…the best empowerment movie for teenage girls to come along in ages.”

By all means, come for the fun and the laughs, but don’t miss the message. You’ll want to remember it the next time you hear a “dumb blonde” joke. As usual, the film will be preceded by 30 minutes of great entertainment from our Organ Overture on Redford’s very special Barton Theatre Pipe Organ, now celebrating its 95th year.

The Christmas train village will be displayed through January.

For more information about upcoming events, see the Redford Theatre Facebook Page (, home of the monthly Throwback Thursday Watch Party.

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