August 23, 2019 100

Legally Blonde: Elle Woods – The Philosophy of a Blonde

Legally Blonde: Elle Woods – The Philosophy of a Blonde


“This is about the matter
that should be of the highest importance
to every American. My hair.” Legally Blonde opens on an image
of shiny, perfect blonde hair. And the owner of this hair
(who we meet several minutes later) isn’t just a blonde —
she’s THE blonde identity ITSELF. as it’s typically perceived
by our culture. “I was a Zeta Lambda Nu sweetheart,
president of my sorority, Delta Nu, and last year,
I was homecoming queen.” Elle Woods begins
as a cartoon version of all the “blonde” stereotypes
you can think of. She has more fun,
she’s attractive to men, she’s sweetly naive, and she’s seen by
everyone around her as the antithesis of
intellectual, serious pursuits. “Law school is for people who are boring
and ugly and serious. And you are none
of those things.” The movie goes on to
systematically disprove clichéd assumptions that golden-haired women
are ditzy, lazy and shallow. “And for that matter,
all masturbatory emissions where his sperm was clearly
not seeking an egg could be termed
reckless abandonment.” “I believe you’ve just
won your case.” But it does more than just
subvert the negativity — it creates a new positive idea
of what Elle the Blonde represents. “It’s pink.” “Oh and it’s scented. I think it gives it
a little something extra. Don’t ya think?” Using her character to present
a fundamentally optimistic, warm and inspirational outlook. “It is with passion,
courage of conviction, and strong sense of self
that we take our next steps into the world.” Here’s our Take on how Legally Blonde
expresses the Philosophy of a Blonde and teaches us how to
“Think Blonde” like Elle. “I feel comfortable using legal jargon
in everyday life.” [Whistles] “I object.” If you’re new here, be sure to
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all of our new videos. Elle’s blonde hair
and associated identity are what define her
in the eyes of almost everyone
she encounters. And what people see
when they look at her is a grab-bag of
blonde stereotypes. “Because I’m blonde
I don’t have to think I talk like a baby
and I never pay for drinks.” “He can’t be left alone
in the same city with that blonde man-trap.” Namely, that blondes are
frivolous and superficial… “You know maybe you should check with
the cruise director on the Lido deck.” that they choose fun over hard work… “Hey, maybe there’s, like, a sorority
you could, like, join instead, like?” and skate by on their looks,
getting things handed to them. “Well maybe you should
sleep with the jury, too. Then we can win the case.” And, most famously,
that they’re dumb. “There’s nothing I love more than
a dumb blonde with daddy’s plastic.” The movie quickly dismisses
this most central and pernicious stereotype of
the “dumb blonde.” Legally Blonde tells us that
Elle’s mind is razor-sharp. “It’s impossible to use a half-loop
topstitch on low viscosity rayon. It would snag the fabric. And you didn’t just get it in. I saw it in the June Vogue a year ago. So if you’re trying to sell it
to me for full price, You picked the wrong girl.” It’s just that the areas
where she focuses her brain, aren’t the ones
that our society considers valuable. “Oh, I have a 4.0.” “Yes, but your major is
fashion merchandising. Harvard won’t be impressed
that you aced history of Polka Dots.” Meanwhile, the other common blonde
assumptions do apply to some degree when the movie begins. It’s true that her interests
are relatively frivolous; she’s mostly concerned
with having fun; and her biggest aspiration —
to become Warner’s wife — “In a few hours…I’ll be the future
Mrs. Warner Huntington III.” isn’t the most worthy goal
for a person with potential. “I even hired a Coppola to direct
my admissions video all to get my boyfriend Warner back…
so it was all for nothing.” So when the story begins,
Elle gets a wake-up call that her “Blondeness”
is a liability. “So you’re breaking up with me
because I’m too blonde?” Warner tells Elle that he doesn’t
want to end things with her, “It’s not like I have
a choice here, sweetheart.” And he seems as attracted to her
as ever after the breakup. “Well don’t you look like a walking felony.” “Thank you you’re so sweet.” “Ugh.” But in this man’s view,
his society demands that he marry a certain kind of partner
as a prerequisite for success. “My brother’s in
the top three at Yale Law and he just got engaged
to a Vanderbilt, for Christ sake.” [Screeching] Thus the key blonde stereotype
that Elle ends up having to battle is that blondes aren’t serious. “This is the type of girl
Warner wants to marry. This is what I need to
become to be serious.” “What? Practically deformed?” “A law student.” The whole movie is
her attempt to prove that she can become
a “serious person” as our culture defines it. “Wish me luck Bruiser. This is my first class
as a serious law student.” someone who pulls off
difficult achievements which require a lot
of not-fun work, inspire envy, and, at least in theory,
contribute meaningfully to society. What’s exceptional about Reese Witherspoon’s
performance of Elle is that — as much as she leans into
a comic, cartoonish exaggeration of blondeness
to deliver laughs, “You’re gonna ruin your shoes.” “Hm.” she also immediately makes us
like her and side with her by getting across
Elle’s genuine, good heart and kind caring nature. “Brooke, your secret’s
safe with me.” We feel Elle’s love
for her many female friends, “Miss Bonafonté is entitled
to full canine property ownership and will be enforcing
said ownership…right now.” for her dog Bruiser, “Hi. I’m Elle Woods
and this is Bruiser Woods. And we’re both gemini vegetarians.” and for the boyfriend
she’s given her whole self to, only to learn how little love means
to this man-of-the-world. “I need someone serious.” “But I’m seriously in love with you.” So as much as Elle fits
negative stereotypes that make her easy-to-dismiss, the movie quickly tells us that this person is deeply
sweet and feeling, as well as secretly very smart. As the story progresses we see
that the OTHER people we meet are just as superficial as Elle, if not more so,
in their own ways. “You got the ring sweetie.” While very few have Elle’s very important
and powerful human strengths. After Elle disproves
the haters with her hard work,
intellect and “seriousness,” Elle’s core positive identity
is what develops over the course of the movie
to illustrate the power of the “Blonde Philosophy.” What makes her compelling
is the series of different gifts
and fresh perspectives she brings to the table, which most of her
Harvard peers lack. “You had the best high kick
I’ve ever seen. Are you one of my lawyers?” “Uh yeah, sort of.” “Well thank God
one of you has a brain.” So what, then, are the tenets
of Elle’s Blonde Bible? Look on the “Blonde” Side. Elle is deeply optimistic. “What are your backups?” “I don’t need backups. I’m going to Harvard.” People interpret her positivity
as naiveté and another reason
to underestimate her, but her unmatched enthusiasm
and can-do attitude count for a lot. “I once had to judge
a tighty whitie contest for Lambda Kappa Pi, trust me,
I can handle anything.” They allow her to will herself
into achievements others wouldn’t even try for
because they seem out of reach. “You got into Harvard Law?” “What, like it’s hard?” Near the end of the movie, after Elle dramatically
wins her first case, she marches out
into the sunlight, and this image captures
the fundamental brightness and sunny-side-oriented power of Elle. “You ready to hit the ground running?” “Are these not my comfortable heels?” “Oh cute shoes!” “Thank you.” Wear a Smile. Elle is always
nice and friendly. “Well if there’s one thing I know
how to do, its rinse and repeat. Shall we?” It’s a matter of principle
that she treats the people she meets with openness and good manners. “You know if you had come to rush party,
I would have at least been nice to you.” “Is that before you voted against me
and then called me a dyke behind my back?” “I don’t use that word.” This gift allows her to
make friends anywhere she goes. “Bend, and snap! Good job everybody.” And her “keep-smiling” mindset is
a model in resilience. “Thanks for inviting me, girls. This party is super fun.” She won’t be defeated
by mean-spirited-ness, “Oh. I like your outfit too,
except when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated.” And her firm, immovable smile,
no matter the animosity she encounters, symbolizes the stubborn fortitude
and grit underlying her optimism. “You’ve come farther than any of us
while maintaining your bounce and sparkle. We never sparkle.” Be Smart, instead of Seeming So. “Don’t fight the fabric. Change it.” Elle’s intelligence is initially
obscured because she applies it to less respectable subjects. “I’m able to recall hundreds of
important details… at the drop of a hat.” “Hey, Elle, do you know what happened
on Days of Our Lives yesterday?” “Why, yes, Margot, I do.” But, even after she embraces
the study of law, her aptitude is
expressed unconventionally. “I have to wonder if the defendant
kept a thorough record of every sperm emission
made throughout his life.” She thinks a question through
deeply and honestly, referring to her personal feelings
and experiences to guide her. “Would you rather have a client
who committed a crime malum in se or malum prohibitum?” “Neither.” “And why is that?” “I would rather have
a client who’s innocent.” And while a statement like this
gets her laughed at, compared to Vivian’s
textbook-ready response “Malum prohibitum,
because then the client would have committed
a regulatory infraction as opposed to
a dangerous crime.” “Well done Ms. Kensington.” Elle’s answer proves
to be full of hidden wisdom. In the end, she’s the only one
who can successfully defend Brooke Windham because she believes
in her client’s innocence. “I’m the only one that believes her. Callahan totally thinks she’s guilty.” Guided by this important purpose, “I believe you, Brooke.” “Take care of me, Elle.” “I will.” she keeps working until she finds
the evidence to prove her gut feeling. “Are you crazy? Just tell him the alibi.” “No.” “We’re gonna lose this case if you don’t.” “Well then we’re not very good lawyers.” Others around Elle,
like many successful people in general, care more about
WINNING than the truth. But Elle’s pursuit of veracity — instead of projecting
the trappings of intelligence — helps her get to the bottom of a case
and ultimately emerge victorious. “Isn’t it the first cardinal rule
of perm maintenance that you’re forbidden
to wet your hair for at least 24 hours
after getting a perm at the risk of deactivating
the Ammonium thioglycolate?” “Yes.” Treasure Your Word
(And your Sisters). Elle gets the value
of keeping her word. “I can’t tell you.” “Why the hell not?” “Because I promised her
I’d keep it a secret. And I can’t break
the bonds of sisterhood.” This makes her the ANTITHESIS of
her supposed love Warner, who ultimately doesn’t
hold anything sacred except the pursuit of success
by any means necessary. “If you tell him he’ll probably
hire you as a summer associate. Who cares about Brooke? Think about yourself.” “I gave her my word, Warner.” Ironically, this lack
of a bond with his work makes Warner end up
a loser in the world’s eyes. He loses Vivian’s trust,
and fails to shine as a budding lawyer. We’re told he graduates without
a girlfriend or a job offer. Elle’s integrity wins trust,
and this connects to her incredible talent for friendships. This girl has a truly impressive
number of intimates who greatly invest
in her trials and her successes. “One seventy-nine!” Her popularity is a testament to
how much she values people and is there for them, reliably showing up and
staying true to her promises. “I brought you some necessities —
some Calvin Klein 720 count sheets, umm, the entire Clinique skin care line,
oh, and the Bible.” Live Passionately
(and don’t hide what you love). Elle’s very first class focuses
on the words of Aristotle, “The law is reason
free from passion.” Elle decides she disagrees. “No offense to Aristotle, but in my threes years at Harvard
I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient
to the study and practice of law, and of life.” The clichéd reminder that
we should follow our passion is a fixture of graduation speeches, but Elle shows us
what this looks like in practice — the source of her power, as a lawyer and as a person,
is how much she FEELS. “You don’t understand.” “Who could understand better than me?” She jumps into every pursuit,big or small,
with boundless commitment and enthusiasm. “And that’s why you should vote for me, Elle Woods, future lawyer
for the Class of 2004.” When they Wear Grey,
We Wear Pink. This also means that she doesn’t hide
her love for things others would find embarrassing. “Whoever said orange was the new pink
was seriously disturbed.” She proudly flaunts
her taste for pink and dresses up Bruiser
for every occasion, immune to the disdain this draws
from her Harvard classmates. “Hey Bras,
check out Malibu Barbie.” Even as she becomes more aware
of hostility directed at her, her response still isn’t to assimilate
with bland-colored clothing or disguise her true self
by softening her spontaneous reactions. “But I used to take her class
at the Los Angeles Sports Club, She’s amazing.” Elle couldn’t imagine
not bringing her pink-obsessed, Cosmo-girl, mani-pedi-loving
personality to everything she does. “We’ll find harmony
and love in the snap cup.” And this commitment to being herself,
in all the little details that bring out her everyday passion,
makes her a forceful, coherent person who knows who she is,
whether you like her or not. In so many ways,
our culture sends the message that traditionally feminine tastes
and female-oriented bonding activities are lesser, in order
to devalue women. So Elle’s rise to the top
without ever swearing off the supposedly “inferior” elements
of her signature style made the statement
that you can be a girly girl and rise to the top of your class. “Oh my god it’s capitol barbie.” “She’s so shiny.” Don’t Judge, Lest You Be Judged. Elle warns in her graduation speech
against overemphasizing first impressions: “Remembering that first impressions
are not always correct.” She’s much slower than others
to leap to assumptions about the people she meets, and when she does get
the wrong end of the stick she’s willing to quickly
update her opinion in light of new evidence. “Look, he likes you.” “Aw, he’s giving me kisses.” Elle reminds her fellow graduates:
“You must always have faith in people.” What’s doubly impressive
about her ability to do this is that people so rarely give her
the benefit of the doubt. She’s always having
to prove them wrong after they assume
the worst about her. “You know, Emmett, you just need to have
a little more faith in people. You might be surprised.” The final tenet of Elle’s philosophy is:
“You must always have faith in yourself.” The way that Elle is
constantly laughed at and underestimated would take a toll
on anyone’s self-esteem. “Our group is full.” “Oh, is this like an RSVP thing?” “No. It’s like a smart people thing.” It’s remarkable
that she doesn’t come to believe that she is stupid. Yet the more
she’s written off, the more she doubles down
on her knowledge that she can do anything
she sets her mind to “ME! yes!” So this movie is a reminder
not to let others get in your head about who YOU really are —
nobody really knows your potential, and they don’t get to write
the narrative of you. “Being a blonde is actually
a pretty powerful thing. You hold more cards
than you think you do. And I personally
would like to see you take that power and channel it
towards the greater good.” Elle’s Blonde Power isn’t
necessarily greater than Vivian’s Brunette Power, or someone else’s Red-,
Black- or Purple-haired power. The reason viewers like
and take inspiration from Elle isn’t because they’re blonde,
or necessarily at all like her. Instead, Elle’s Blonde philosophy demonstrates
that there’s nothing more compelling than being yourself to the fullest. “And remember you are beautiful.” When you figure out how to do this, it’s like turning on a bright light
in a drab and dreary world, like walking on sunshine. “The rules of hair care
are simple and finite. Any Cosmo Girl
would have known.” Look out for our SECOND
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100 Replies to “Legally Blonde: Elle Woods – The Philosophy of a Blonde”

  • The Take says:

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  • Natural Nia Wellness Coach says:

    Great character analysis on Elle ! This is one of my favorite women empowerment movies ?

  • IKEHH says:

    When are they going to make a movie breaking the stereotypes of black women in America???

  • IKEHH says:

    White women get movies for their femininity and black women get movies about "struggle" and masculinity… smh

  • IKEHH says:

    Can someone recommend movies about strong (non-masculine) black women overcoming stereotypes… and still being a feminine inspiration? 🙂

  • gabriella berman says:

    Elle Woods and Cher Horowitz are always going to be my #1 biggest inspirations. This video is so important

  • Jesus Ramirez says:

    Cinderella thought blonde

  • Imogen Howard says:

    Is Elle the first blonde in the movie to make it to Harvard?

  • ʇʇoɔs ɐllǝq says:

    One thing that did always bug me about the musical vs the movie is when she passes in the movie, she's over the minimum score by 4 points but they give her the straight on 175 in the musical. I feel like the 4 points shows that she's not making the bare minimum, it wasn't a fluke, she studied hard and it paid off.

  • Moni B says:

    I just rewatched it a couple of days ago. Perfect timing or what?

  • Nadia Ruby says:

    i love this channel

  • pineapple-stars says:

    I've never seen this movie before and this was the most effective trailer

  • Jdg 98 says:

    As someone who graduated with a First Class Honours in Film Studies at university, I'm honestly not ashamed to say that this is my favourite movie of all time. So happy it gets a video <3

  • Jdg 98 says:

    It's impossible to use a half-loop top-stitch on low-viscosity rayon — it would snag the fabric xx

  • Spooky Sammy says:

    I'll never get sick of watching this film ?

  • Doudou Cow says:

    Elle Woods inspired me and gave me the confidence to apply to grad school when I had a ton of self doubt. Even in my daily life as a teacher, I always step with my best foot forward and embrace all that makes me ME as Elle Woods would do. She’s truly a gift to the world

  • TehMomo says:

    * waiting for Legally Blonde 3: Commander in Chic *

  • Jalebi Milk says:

    Whenever i lack confidence and motivation i watch this movie, Elle Woods is the biggest hype woman

  • Radish says:

    Elle always reminds me to remain positive because that's the only way to get through the hard times. And to be nice to those around you, regardless of how you feel about them, because they're only human too. Elle is the female icon we all need because she's strong and herself no matter what, and respects women for who they are and what they care about. Most women would have trashed on Vivian but Elle said she was still pretty (could use some highlights and her cuticles were rough, but she was still pretty in Elle's eyes). Paulette didn't fit into the aesthetic that surrounded Elle and she became her best friend, encouraged her to stand up for herself against a man that was obviously emotionally abusive (at least), and that she was worthy enough of the smoking UPS guy. She's aware of her sex appeal but never uses it for gain, just for confidence. Elle is the girly girl role model young ladies need to see: makeup, fashion, vanity are not bad things for strong, brilliant women to embody–so long as she reminds kind while in charge, compassionate for those against her, and using her position in the world to add a voice to those that could use a little sunshine and positive energy.

    Anyone who doesn't like Legally Blonde and/or Elle Woods doesn't get what a smile and positivity can do for the soul.

  • Jesus Solange says:

    That's suck a long intro 2:30

  • Kari F. says:

    Boohoo being an attractive blonde girl is so hard. TRY AGAIN! thank you, next!

  • Ema Brankic says:

    shes a gemini almost all of us are like dat

  • nevets trevel says:

    Somehow actually good

  • SirEriol says:

    The word "blonde" has lost all its meaning now.
    At least the common one

  • Joselynn Xo says:

    One of my favorite movies and characters EVER!

  • Alex Almeida says:

    this is the only film that if it's on I watch ??

  • Maria Jose Rangel Acuña says:

    Elle is my inspiration to be succesfully me

  • Mo'mina Makin says:

    I hate how the lesbian character is portrayed in Legally Blonde. They took her militant beliefs and strong opinions on feminism look ridiculous as compared to Elle Woods' womanhood and ideas of empowerment. And it's funny because lesbian and gender non conforming women have always been the backbone of the feminist movement and are the reason that Elle Woods' enjoys many of the rights she has.

  • Emma says:

    I'm pretty sure this movie had a very big impact on me before I realized I was trans

  • Erin Brown says:

    I was talking about liking this movie amongst a group of peers, when one of the guys who tends towards male feminist/captain save-a-ho behavior starts talking about how I shouldn’t like it because of how vapid it is. Guess he never got the memo.

  • Héctor Beteta says:

    I like the first movie but the second sucks why they ruined it?

  • silvermoon says:

    I aspire to be like her

  • subwoofer says:

    as usual, your videos remind me why i love film and why i believe it helps me become a better person. thanks for your work!

  • Amber Annette says:

    I've said I love this movie and men roll their eyes. I think men see this and see a blond who still was dumb, but finished law school, because it"s an unrealistic movie. I love it for the opposite reason. It's about a woman who is complex. She is pretty,smart, and a great friend. She learns that she is more than she thought. That isn't easy to remember as a woman. Women aren't always what other need or want all the time. If you don't see that, then try being more complex.

  • Diamondz Wynn says:

    Lmao. Some blondes look terrible.

  • Sophia Johnson says:

    My character study for Legally Blonde the musical ?????

  • MsSphinx91 says:

    This video starts out by praising the movie for trying to dispel myths of character traits associated with hair color… Then proceeds to assign character traits to hair color… A lot of women with different hair and skin colors embody the "philosophy of the blonde" and have to deal with hair own stereotypes. Notably, the movie (which I love) does nothing to dispel the idea that smart, dark haired women are less desirable, boring, and mean. The video also misses the movie's subtle implications that some people react this way to Elle because people like her bullied them in high school or rendered them invisible by proximity.

  • victor paredes says:

    We need legally blonde but in a gay fem queer boy scenario it would be a great reebot!!!!!!!!

  • KurosakiRuka says:

    yes and now please Buffy!

  • BenHopkins1000 says:

    If Leni Loud wasn't a cartoon, she'd be the next Coco Chanel.

  • Moira O'Deorain says:

    Time to add a trip to Sally’s to my itinerary

  • Jessica Morrill says:

    This reminds me a lot of the idea that you presented in the video about Cinderella and how that movie presents a different idea of feminism. Specifically, that being kind and smiling even in the face of blatant rudeness is a sign of strength. I really appreciate this point of view – I constantly battle with the idea of how do I remain kind and vulnerable while still standing up for myself? Elle Woods and Cinderella are great examples of doing just that.

  • kek kek says:

    I had the BIGGEST crush on Elle growing up.

  • Karleigh Rock says:

    Elle Woods for President 2020

  • Lazy Girl Rants says:

    Hailey: "In legally blonde, Elle won her case because she was true to herself and looked cute"

    Phil: "This is real life, Hailey. Not an excellent movie"

  • Elle B says:

    I was named after this character and definitely “inherited” her strong will. Glad that this movie was one of the first examples I had of women being portrayed in the media, fun movie with a message!

  • Smile and Shine says:

    I love the first movie made. It is the one movie that makes me feel so empowered after watching it. I can't tell you why exactly but it really helps me to push forward whenever I feel weak.

  • Adia Carter says:

    As a film major going into my graduate program, Legally Blonde is my bible for confidence. Film people can be very similar to those in Law school – they look down on you if you present yourself a certain way. I considered dimming my super girly looks in hopes of being taken seriously, but then I see this! There's so much power in being yourself, and as women entering into male dominated fields, its important to remember that regardless of how you dress or look, you can excel when you put your mind to it!

  • luckyme555 says:

    Wonderful

  • Chandra Wagner says:

    Ellen woods is the ULTIMATE female role model. Because her femininity is her strength. She doesn't need to be more masculine to do just as good as the boys. Kinda reminds me of points made in your Cinderella video. Her positivity in the face of adversity is so admirable. I will always look up to her.

  • emanuela9611ify says:

    I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS VIDEO SINCE FOREVER

  • Sean Boundy says:

    Now they need to make a movie like this which shows that not all whites are racist or have special privilege.

  • Hevar Rysta says:

    One of the most inspirational movie…. I even made a list of what we can learn from elle

  • Matea Spasevska says:

    She's a fucking gemini how can she be dumb?

  • Alice says:

    I know that this movie is not perfect (no media is), but Legally Blond is one of the greatest feminist movies out there. It teaches us that you can be a smart and kick ass woman while still being classically feminine. Growing up I felt like I had to become boyish just to be accepted as a smart person. But this was one of the first times that I realized, I don’t have to fit in into patriarchal idea of intelligence.

  • MegadethsGirl says:

    Damn I knew this movie felt so great to watch but I never knew why. I live in DC and seeming conventional and clinging to rote answers makes this city monotonous. I have had to teach myself critical thinking later in life and people get mad at interacting with me because I don't react how they expect. The first thing people ask, sometimes before they ask your name is "What do you do for a living?" which to me is like how can I use you.

  • Samuel Young says:

    The musical is better imo

  • Anthony Clay says:

    The part I love about Elle is that Brooke trusts her over her actual lawyer. It’s not just fangirling either as she discovers Brooke’s alibi of getting liposuction. An actual shallow person would drop Brooke like a ton of bricks but Elle still stays loyal to her and truly believes she’s innocent.

    Because of this, Elle’s faith in Brooke is fully returned. It reminds me of Thorin Oakenshield when he said he’d take his few misfits over any army because when he called, they answered. Brooke prefers Elle’s trust and sincere belief in her innocence over the most established lawyer’s expertise.

    Maybe not the best strategy in actual law but it does make for a good object lesson that it’s sometimes better to have a friend in your corner than an expert mercenary.

  • Bioshock Bitch says:

    This is why I love legally blonde, to bring out my girly girl side and her courageous side inspires me

  • S says:

    Moral of the story: Never let the mundane take away your sparkle. PERIODT.

  • Kim Taehyung says:

    She kind of reminds me of Barbie, misunderstood, a little naive, very positive, nice to everyone, and super smart

  • epicsamurai5 says:

    Even as a dude, Elle Woods inspires me, but the problem is I’m watching this instead of studying for the LSAT.

  • Damalie M says:

    One of my favorite movies! It never gets old!!!!

  • kiragon kiriyo says:

    three words: boring and stupid

  • James Orr says:

    I find your videos so interesting. Your breakdowns are always so well done, but you have the same voice as that (I think this is the channel I'm thinking of) WatchMojo girl, so it just really throws me off because those videos typically offer pretty mediocre analysis.

  • Weirdo101 Person says:

    I used to think that if you liked to paint your nails and cared about looks and wore makeup, you where a plastic bish and where a bully. So I purposely tried to be more tomboyish, and thought if I drank Starbucks or something popular I would be a try hard, and dismissed a lot of my interests like nail art. This movie proved to me that you can do all those things, and still the as sharp as a whip and have a real personality. People think that if you like popular things your not being yourself. And every teen movie usually has an aspect like finding yourself and being more boyish, this movie proved to me it can go the other way too.

  • Chelsea Shurmantine says:

    I’ve been waiting for this forever I hope this is a series!

  • alyssa chiascione says:

    I played Elle before in a musical. She's my idol. I loved embodying her and portraying her beautifully.

  • Amara Jordan says:

    While I’m a brunette, puberty was hard for me. I was a huge geek and loved not just reading, but class, the interaction with teachers and asking questions. I had to be made to not sit with them and ask more questions at lunch. My friends and peers knew this about me.

    Then, I developed. The women in my family are petite and ridiculously well endowed. Like Dolly Parton big. Everyone, even my friends, started treating me like I was less intelligent, less interested in learning, and even a bad person (sexually precocious and a boyfriend stealer). Girls didn’t want me around their guys because they thought I’d try, and succeed, at winning them away. I started having more male friends because the girls sort of hanged up on me, and the rumors started. I would hang out with my sort of people, science guys who liked discussing which dinosaur was the best, what planet would be the coolest to inhabit. I hung out with other book nerds and played Harry Potter trivia games. A lot of girls weren’t into that stuff, as it was deemed not feminine to be interested. But, people started saying I wasn’t intelligent at all, but parroted what they said, and that I did well on homework by having them do it in exchange for sexual favors, and did well on tests by bribing them to let me cheat, or worse, maybe, possibly, seducing a teacher or my parents bribing them.

    I didn’t date in high school and eventually was too sick (a chronic thing I still have) to go physically. And the entire time rumors flew that I didn’t have a boyfriend only because I was passed around by so many guys that no one would want that dubious honor. It… was so hurtful. I hadn’t changed, on the inside at least. I remember actually saying, “Guys, it’s me. It’s still me. You KNOW me. How can you be saying this?”

    I was never able to “fix it,” or go back, I never got back the friends I lost, and the few I retained peeled away when I got sick. It hurt me so deeply. But a lot of things have happened since then that have been pretty hard to deal with, and if I hadn’t had that sharp lesson that sometimes bad things happen regardless of your intent, they would have been even harder to handle. I realized that some people would simply just not like me and there’s nothing I can do to change that. Whether it’s my looks, my voice, my background, my lack of brevity, my word choice, whatever, some people will just not be a fan. I can think of it as a “me” problem and try to change to suit everyone or accept it might be a “them;” problem and consider how I’d feel if a mythical friend was in a similar situation. If I would reassure them they did nothing wrong, in my heart of hearts, then I know that I need to be as kind to myself as I would be to them. Of all the people I’ve had to put up with, few are as harsh on me as I am on myself, and that’s an added burden I just don’t need in my life.

    Movies that remind you that sometimes people will just not like or respect you, while moving beyond finding that problem and on to finding a solution are important. Because while Elle could change her hair color and her “accent,” or inflection, if it makes her happy, she’s being true to herself, and she’s not hurting anyone, why should she have to? At the end of the day, when all your friends and enemies and champions and detractors have all gone away, you have to lay in the dark and listen to the thoughts you think about yourself. You’re the one companion you’ll never be rid of. So you might as well make that experience as survivable as possible. If you don’t like you, what does the rest really matter?

  • Alia says:

    Like Cher, Elle's logos is a bit… off. Brooke can't have killed her husband because she works out?

  • Duane Richards II says:

    Be Smart (Instead of Seeming So) THAT WAS DEEP

  • Luca Peyrefitte says:

    Still my favorite movie of the early 2000s, never really watched it in theaters but I loved watching it on TV when it aired

  • Alicia P says:

    I love these types of videos!!

  • Boopy Schmoops says:

    god this movie needed to happen, you would not believe the amount of judgement and shade you receive for wearing makeup regularly at uni. If you care about your appearance, people inherently assume you waste time on frivolous things and only care about how people see you. You cant just like being fashionable, it always has to be a character flaw.

  • iftlatlw says:

    another amazing video! your work makes me both smile and think!

  • himura haibara says:

    YES! We don't have to act or look like men to be strong women.

  • Pomorana says:

    8:00 its umbridge?

  • Jos lyn says:

    I never though I would see Alaric in the past

  • Suçons says:

    I was born blonde. In grade 8 I wrote an essay about how blondes can’t be dumb because I had the highest GPA in my class. I got an A on it.

  • Terence Silva says:

    Elle woods a hufflepuff queen

  • Yoon says:

    I still remember when I was a high school student, I have always love makeup and would give my friends makeover after classes. There's a group of girls who hated me, one of them said this while eating her /healthy/ lunch box "I'd rather take care of my skin than putting on thick foundation, only stupid girls put makeup" and the other girls were like agreeing with her. I was so pissed I studied just to prove them wrong and surprised myself when I was ranked in Top 10. Well, I guess revenge is one of the best motivations.

  • Lui s says:

    I love legally blonde!!! It's nice to hear a movie break the blonde stereotype. We need movies that break stereotypes!!

  • jurrian van waaij says:

    Me: Watched the first half, then watched Legally blonde itself, then watched the second half of the vid. I just loved legally blonde. Its story is not that complicated, but it proves that you don't need an intricate storyline to compel a great message!

  • karis dietrich says:

    Her positive passionate attitude reminds me of Leslie Knope

  • Stephanie Rachelle says:

    The rules of hair care are simple and finite. Any Cosmo-girl would have known

  • Ser Arrec of the Dreadfort says:

    I love this movie. One of thee best comedies, that never fails to make me laugh. ?

  • tanya292 says:

    Legally blonde is literally the most inspirational chic flick ever made.

  • Carly Z says:

    Elle woods was a VSCO girl before VSCO girls existed

  • Scott Summers says:

    So she's a nearly perfect person who is a protagonist in the movie. Who would have thought lol.

  • helena maleki says:

    wait till you listen to the musical, then your gonna actually go insane.

  • fuckfannyfiddlefart says:

    The problem with this is that it is contrary to material reality.

    That is if you CAN get by on your looks and feel that this really is an option them to invest in costly activities, such as intellectualism (unless that bakes your cake) aren't likely to be pursued.

    Marx would say that this movie contradicts materialist reality.

    Really this movie just rationalises class and beauty privileges and tries to rationalize those privileges based on the false narrative of deserving elitism.

  • fuckfannyfiddlefart says:

    The problem with this is that it is contrary to material reality.

    That is if you CAN get by on your looks and feel that this really is an option then to invest in costly activities, such as intellectualism (unless that bakes your cake) aren't likely to be pursued.

    Marx would say that this movie contradicts materialist reality.

    Really this movie just rationalises class and beauty privileges and tries to rationalize those privileges based on the false narrative of deserving elitism.

  • Weendy Lry says:

    Youtube recommendation, how did u know that i was wondering about this?

  • HexManiacCiaran says:

    The biggest thing about this film is the idea of women uplifting each other

    * sure, Vivian and Elle have conflict and they buy into that “who gets the guy” thing but Vivian is ultimately a big enough person to realise she was entirely wrong about Elle and they quickly bond over the idea of “we fought each other, for him? Nah, we both deserve so much more”
    * every scene with Paulette, Elle sees her pain and supports her reuniting with her dog and she does everything she can to teach Paulette that she is important and to give her the confidence to act on it
    * then there’s the sorority sisters, we don’t see much of them but when Elle decides she’s going to study for the LSAT even though they don’t understand it they immediately have her back and they support her, when she gets her results it feels like the results are the collective fruits of the entire sorority because they all showed up for their sister

  • Serena Vanic says:

    Elle Woods: Natural leadership skills, high intelligence, EQ and SQ, knowlegable in many areas, strong morals and ethics.

  • Hannah abott says:

    This is now one of my fav vid on this platform. U earned this sub.

  • Eden Rome says:

    I understand what you were going for but object to the line 'being a person's wife isn't a worthy goal for someone with potential'. A person's identity shouldn't be determined by someone else, but we should respect personal preference as well (in addition to leaving space for people's preferences to change as well as supporting people who may not realize they're trapped). If they want to be a Wife, that doesn't erase or invalidate other parts of their personality, and suggesting such (even if you didn't realize it) is kinda contradictory to the message of your own video- you're demeaning Elle in the same ways you're denouncing

  • Katka says:

    Elle has always made my soul shine a made me feel powerful. I used to watch these films over and over because I find them inspiring even to this day. Now I know what's behind it! ^^

  • Book_nerds _r_us says:

    Why am I watching all this blonde discourse I’m a curly hair brunette

  • ArtofDylan says:

    there was a lot of of stereotypes back in the 90's where its either youre smart or pretty, she proved you can be both <3 i love this movie

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