Awesome: Legally Blonde

The Film

  • The whole final cross-examine when Elle is put in charge of representing Brooke. The witness, Chutney Windham (daughter of the man who was killed) claimed that Brooke killed her father while she was in the shower.
    Elle: Ms. Windham, what had you done earlier that day?
    Chutney Windham: I got up. Got a latte. Went to the gym. Got a perm and came home.
    Elle: [confused] Where you got in the shower?
    [Courtroom audience laughs]
    Elle: Yes, your Honor. [a sudden brainstorm comes over Elle] Ms. Windham, had you ever gotten a perm before?
    Chutney Windham: Yes.
    Elle: How many have you had?
    Chutney Windham: Two a year since I was 12. You do the math.
    Elle: You know, a girl in my sorority, Tracy Marcinco got a perm once. We all tried to talk her out of it. Curls weren't a good look for her. She didn't have your bone structure, but thankfully that same day she entered the Pheta Delta Phi wet t-shirt contest where she was completely hosed to down from head to toe...
    DA Joyce Rafferty: Objection, why is this relevant?
    Elle: I have a point, I promise.
    The Honorable Marina R. Bickford: Then make it.
    Elle: Chutney, why is it Tracy Marcinco's curls were ruined when she got hosed down?
    Chutney Windham: Because they got wet.
    Elle: Exactly. Because isn't 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?
    Chutney Windham: [stuttering] Yes...
    Elle: And wouldn't somebody who's had, say, 30 perms before in their life be well aware of this rule, and if in fact you weren't washing your hair as I suspect you weren't because your curls are still intact, wouldn't you have heard the gunshot, and if in fact you had heard the gunshot Brooke Windham wouldn't have had time to hide the gun before you got downstairs. Which would mean that you would have had to found Mrs. Windham with a gun in her hand to make your story plausible, isn't that right?
    Chutney Windham: She's my age! Did she tell you that?! How would you feel if your father married someone who was your age?!
    Elle: You, however, had time to hide the gun, didn't you Chutney, after you shot your father.
    Chutney Windham: [in tears] I didn't mean to shoot him! [points at Brooke] I thought it was YOU walking through the door!
    [Courtroom audience gasps]
    Elle: Oh my God.
    Brooke: Oh my God.
    The Honorable Marina R. Bickford: Oh my God.
    The Honorable Marina R. Bickford: Bailiff, take the witness into custody, where she will be charged for the murder of Heyworth Windham. Case dismissed. Mrs. Windham, you're free to go.
    Brooke: Thank you, your honor.
  • Vivian has told invited Elle to a party, telling her it was a costume party. Elle shows up as a Playboy Bunny... and everyone else is dressed normally.
    Vivian: Nice outfit.
    Elle: Oh, I like your outfit too. Except when I dress up as a frigid bitch? I try not to look so constipated.
  • Paulette when she stuck it to her ex-husband.
  • At the end of the movie, when Warner decides he wants to get back with Elle, and she shoots him down awesomely:
  • When Elle delivers a likely unintentional Take That to Warner when she first shows up at Harvard:
    Warner: You got into Harvard Law?
    Elle: What, like, it's hard?
    • Especially awesome because he assumes that she's stupid, yet she found it so easy to get into Harvard Law that she doesn't even think it's hard. Warner didn't get in the first time he applied.
  • Elle's 179 out of 180 on the LSAT definitely qualifies for this.
  • Professor Stromwell's words to Elle after she is about to quit after Callahan came onto her are this and heartwarming.
    Stromwell: If you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life, you're not the girl I thought you were.

The Musical

  • Most characters get at least one.
  • Elle's Establishing Character Moment, wherein she outsmarts a salesgirl who assumes that Elle is a Dumb Blonde and tries to swindle her into buying the previous year's dress for an overly expensive price.
    Elle: It may be "perfect for a blonde"
    But I'm not that blonde.
  • This exchange Elle shows up as Playboy Bunny in what she thought was a costume party:
    Vivian: Run home Elle. And change out of your skank costume.
    Elle: Oh, is that what you see Vivian. How unfortunate because I'm Gloria Steinem circa 1963, researching for her feminist manifesto "I Was a Playboy Bunny." Are you actually calling Gloria Steinem a skank?
  • The You, Get Me Coffee moment works for Callahan.
    • Even if he dethrones himself the next minute.
  • The Legally Blonde reprise for Vivienne.
    Elle: All this time I thought I was proving myself and making a difference, but it turns out I'm just one big blonde joke and that's all everybody's ever gonna see.
    Vivienne: That's not what I see.
    • Also, the song itself for the actress playing Vivienne: the character doesn't sing many solo lines up til this part, and then this song happens and it's like an epic belting moment surprising the audience.
      • Kate Shindle belted a high C at the final show of the Broadway production. To emphasize: the high C note two octaves above middle C that many have trouble singing classically, let alone belting it with perfect clarity. There's a video. It's mindblowing.
  • Bend and Snap for Paulette and the sorority sisters.
  • The clothes change on Legally Blonde for Elle.
  • Take It Like A Man for Emmett.
    • Emmett gets two Moments of Awesome. His second is right after Callahan recently fired by Brooke states that Elle can't represent Brooke without a licensed attorney to supervise, and that without him, she can't. Emmett retorts that he's licensed and he'll gladly supervise.
    Callahan: Like hell you will. You work for me, remember?
    Emmett: No. I work for myself. (venomously) And I don't have to hit on interns, Professor.
    • Offscreen one for Emmet; in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, Paulette mentions that he was hired by Callahan's wife to handle their divorce. One can only imagine that Callahan was either stuck representing himself and completely grasping at straws, or quite possibly saddled with some hack from Legal Aide. Either way, it's a satisfying conclusion for him.
  • Meta CMOA for whoever plays Brooke: the actress has to perform an incredibly demanding athletic routine while belting out a showstopping number. Eight shows a week.
    • Same goes for any theater group performing this musical. Everyone onstage, especially Brooke, is jump roping and belting at the same time.
    • Let's hear it for any actor playing Grandmaster Chase in the "What You Want" number, while we're at it, seeing as he has to perform a set of stylish dance moves while doing some rapid rapping.
  • Vivienne has been a complete bitch to Elle all this time... until, after Elle's turned the trial around and saved the case, she witnesses Callahan kissing Elle, and Elle slapping him in response, which results in her getting fired. Warner, who only witnessed the kiss, but not the slap makes a snide comment about Elle earning the internship, at which point Vivienne promptly tells him to shut up and leaves.

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