STUDENT BLOGS: Theatre in London: Sites, Sounds, and Situations
An American Male's Perspective of Legally Blonde
by Vaughn Pollman
At no point in my life had I intended to view Legally Blonde, whether on digital media or live on stage. My intentions have failed me on this London adventure. Both surprising, and possibly embarrassing, I found the production to not only be bearable, but enjoyable.
Looking past the glitz, glam, and globs of pink, there are actually some very thought-provoking messages to be found in the American razzle dazzle. What stood out as the most poignant message to me concerned the powers and weaknesses of stereotypes. Will the Malibu Blonde really survive Harvard Law in pursuit of the heartthrob boyfriend? In real life, the answer would be "no," if I were going off of stereotypes. Does Elle Woods survive Harvard Law? Yes, at the top of her class. Does she get the heartthrob boyfriend? No, she meets the love of her life and the heartthrob turns out to be a helpless jerk.
So as far as the storyline goes you might say, "You can't judge a book by its cover." At the same point in time, I would challenge that you need to "Take things with a grain of salt."