Was anyone a little put off by how Elle was utterly convinced Brooke was innocent... because they went to the same Sorority? If someone like Warner had said "I can't believe a Harvard man would murder" (or words to that affect) it would at best look ridiculously naive, and possibly even villainous but Elle's version of the old school tie network is completely okay (yes Brooke is innocent, but a lot of Elle's conviction seems to be based on bias because Brooke is a lot like her.)
It wasn't just that they went to the same sorority, Elle actually met her in person and even if she didn't know her that well, at least knew her well enough that she wouldn't commit murder.
How, exactly, did Enid win Callahan's internship? Callahan pointed out that her emotions made her weak, and she doesn't show much improvement, before or afterward (especially before, considering she charges Vivienne in a berserk rage when she thinks she called Gloria Steinem a skank).
How did Warner win the internship? He lost the mock case to Elle before, and doesn't seem to have made much of an impression on Callahan otherwise, and then apparently ended up being so bad at law school that he dropped out. Considering that everyone kept saying that the internship meant a guaranteed career, he must have been an idiot.
It occurred to me that maybe Callahan granted Enid and Vivienne — two upstanding, go-getting female students — the internship so that, in case Elle openly complained about Callahan sexually harassing her, Callahan could point to his other two female interns and say that he's never laid a finger on them — who could possibly call him a misogynistic toerag? That, plus the fact that Enid and Vivienne are both (at the outset) unlikely to support Elle or back her up if she does accues Callahan.
The Pool Cleaner
I might have missed it but do they ever explain why the pool cleaner lied about having an affair with Brooke despite being gay?
I don't think it's explicitly said, but it's most likely that Chutney was paying him copious amounts of money to lie in order to provide a motive for Brooke killing her husband. After all, she was already very wealthy and didn't need the money, so an affair is the next best motive and easy to set up when you can bribe the pool boy to lie for you.
Why wasn't the pool cleaner busted for perjury, for that matter?
Because a short musical number going "Okay, alright, I lied under oath" is less peppy than "Okay, alright, I'm gay!" ?
Also his boyfriend's behaviour is a bit of a headscratcher. He is probably ok when the suposed affair with Brooke was questioned which is a lie, but when the pool guy says that Enrico is just a friend, not boyfriend, he storms out of the court room. Wasn't it clear to him that his boyfriend was lying and just trying to save his face in the testimony?
The pool cleaner wears a sequinned thong as a work uniform and is wearing a disco bling shirt to court. Did we really need him to make a remark about Elle's shoes to make anyone wonder if he's gay?
For a movie that points out the 24 hour wait time for a perm, it's never mentioned that if Brooke was out getting liposuction, there might have been indicators that something had happened to her. Like for example, having bandages, bruising and painkillers on her when she was arrested? Seriously, nobody noticed any indicators of this? There wasn't a strip search or anything? The Other Wiki indicates that there was probably evidence of this for someone to have noticed.
I figured that Brooke wasn't literally getting liposuction that day, but she had a pre-admissions doctors appointment or something similar. The real question here is why she didn't say she had a doctors appointment, and patient-client privacy laws could have prevented discussing exactly what she was doing there.
Because a liposuction clinic would still be obvious. "I had a doctor's appointment." "Oh? Where?" "At the clinic with Doctor Whatsisname." "Doesn't he primarily do cosmetic surgery and liposuction?" "Well, yes." "So is that what you were going to have done?" "No comment."
The Musical's Existence
Whether or not you like the show, you have to wonder- who exactly saw the film and thought to themselves, "Yeah, this should be a Broadway show"?
As someone who hasn't seen the show itself, but has worked in theater, it doesn't come across as incredibly ridiculous.
1. It's an easily-recognizable and established property that was proven to be popular and successful as a film (look at the number of Disney properties that have been turned into musicals, Broadway wants a safe bet just as much as anybody.)
2. It could be done fairly cheaply and easily fits into the mechanics of live theater. Courtroom, classroom, salon, all fairly easy sets to create and efficient for scene changes. There probably aren't any large, expensive props that a show like Wicked would have, and scene changes would be fairly quick and easy.
3. It's fun.
How did Elle get into Harvard?!
Okay, Harvard undergrad, maybe—she's not stupid, (4.0 GPA), but Harvard law school?! One of the most prestigious programs in the world?! Especially when she didn't turn in an essay?!
Just a theory, but on the Ivy League For Everyone page, it's said that the Ivies (and a lot of other selective schools) are desperate to increase diversity, in all forms (racial, financial and geographical.) It's talking about the undergrads specifically, but it might be possible that the law programs are, too. Maybe the fact that she wasn't an old-money Connecticut blue-blood worked in her favor?
In the film, she turns in an (admittedly fairly idiotic) video essay, which seems to count as an essay. Also, she's got a 4.0 from a very good school (assuming CULA = UCLA in quality) with near perfect LSA Ts (they're graded out of 180; she gets a 179), she's president of a sorority which, on paper, shows a significant amount of leadership potential among other things. Her guidance counselor also told her to get excellent recommendation letters from her professors, which presumably she did. As far as he being a fashion major, she's specifically a fashion merchandising major, which to Harvard could suggest a desire to go into corporate law of some form (and anyway, your undergrad degree is mainly unimportant when applying to law school—this troper's father went to law school with a BA in studio art and did just fine). The musical's essay is mainly Refuge in Audacity, but in the film, it's not totally unbelievable.
Law school admissions are extremely, extremely numbers based. A 179 LSAT and a 4.0 GPA would guarantee admission at every school in the country, barring some sort-of character/fitness issue. Elle getting into HLS is one of the most realistic parts of the movie.