Actress Reese Witherspoon is having a pretty memorable throwback Thursday!
The “Legally Blonde” star took to Instagram on Thursday morning to celebrate her hit film turning 21! The film was officially released on July 13, 2001.
Reese Witherspoon Celebrates ‘Legally Blonde’ Turning 21: ‘Long Live Elle Woods’
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On Thursday, the 46-year-old actress posted a 20-second video montage of Elle Wood set to Kesha’s “Tik Tok.” In the caption, she wrote, “Can’t believe our movie is 21! Long live Elle Woods. 💘.”
Phillip Picardi commented, “The Queen 😍 thank you for giving us such an iconic character.”
“Resident Evil” star Ali Larter added, “Forever Elle Woods and the joy that Legally Blonde brings people! ❤️.”
Meena Harris simply called her an “Icon.”
“This is more than a movie,” one fan commented. “It’s a moment in history!!”
“How was this 21 years ago 😮 does anyone else still do the bend and snap occasionally ie every time I pick something up I dropped?” another fan asked.
“honestly, elle woods is a way of life 💕,” said a third fan.
One follower wrote, “Can’t believe I’ve been bending and snapping that long! ❤️ 😂😂😂”
Another follower commented, “💘 One of my all-time favorites. Such a classic! 💘
“I watched 200 times or more. Know the lines. Thank you 😊 💓 ☺️,” said another fan.
“Ahhh obsessed with this movie!!!💘💘🥲,” another follower wrote.
“Elle Woods is absolutely fabulous!! ❤️❤️❤️so perfect!” said another fan.
The 2001 movie was directed by Robert Luketic and starred Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge. The synopsis for the film reads:
“Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him (Matthew Davis) from proposing: She is too blond. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back.”
The movie picked up $141.8 million dollars at the box office and received generally favorable reviews from critics.
‘Legally Blonde’ Is ‘Likeable. Enjoyable. Funny. Entertaining’
According to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critic rating of 71% and an audience score of 72%.
Debbie Lynn Elias from Behind The Lens called the movie, “Likable. Enjoyable. Funny. Entertaining. You’ll smile. You’ll laugh. You’ll even root for the blonde. And yes, it is acceptable to put your resume on pink paper.”
Christy Lemire of Associated Press wrote, “The movie is a lot like 1995’s Clueless, which was also totally cute, in that it has a brain and a heart. And like its heroine, it’s a lot smarter than it looks.”
Brad Laiman of Film Threat wrote, “This is a modern day Capra movie, which means you might be embarrassed to tell your friends you went to see it, but you left the theater with a big smile on your face.”
Mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat wrote, “Your parents warned you not to judge a book by its cover for a reason. Dismissing Legally Blonde would mean missing one of the funniest comedies of the year.”
Many critics praised the performance of Reese Witherspoon in particular.
Reese Witherspoon Is ‘One Of Her Generation’s Greatest Actresses’
Alonso Duralde from The Advocate wrote, “If her dazzling turns in Election, Freeway, and The Man in the Moon weren’t enough to convince you that Reese Witherspoon is one of her generation’s greatest actresses, Legally Blonde will close the deal.”
Danielle Solzman of Solzy at the Movies wrote, “Reese Witherspoon is the single-best thing about Legally Blonde, a comedy that has no business being as fun and entertaining as it is.”
Jeffery Chen from Window to the Movies wrote, “Soak in Witherspoon’s pleasing performance and the good-natured comedy and have a good time.”
Brain Webster of Apollo Guide wrote, “Witherspoon’s ability to be goofy, smart and loveable all at the same time takes what might have been a tired and silly comedy and transforms it into a satisfying laugh-fest.”
Currently, it doesn’t look like “Legally Blonde” is available to stream on Netflix or other streaming sites, but it is available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and similar services.