Headscratchers / Legally Blonde

Elle's trust

  • 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.
    • Even if Elle believing Brooke's innocence simply due to her first meeting seemed bad, just remember that believing your client guilty without due evidence and then failing to support them is actually a violation of the bar in several countries. Also, it's more of a case of 'Support your own' so Elle is actually trusting her as a sorority sister and this is shown in the sequel to be a big deal for Delta Nu (it helps Elle get the support of a senator and lead a sorority march on the capitol!). It shows Brooke that Elle would fully support her case, thus helping her open to Elle to trust her with her Dark Secret ( Liposuction!). Long story short, it was naive of Elle to trust Brooke so thoroughly but it ultimately paid off in the end.
    • Brooke is presumed to be guilty for the same reason that Elle is presumed to be a shallow ditz. The other lawyers would have a harder time seeing past her pretty celebrity marrying an older rich man for money. It is not a barrier for Elle, though. Elle understands how it is not to be taken seriously as a pretty woman and she knows people are going to assume the worst about Brooke because of her looks and her fame. Though she does go a little overboard with it, she wanted Brooke to feel like someone was truly on her side — even more so when Brooke can prove that she's innocent.

The Musical

  • 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.
    • I always thought that Warner only did well because Vivienne was helping him study. This would explain how some one who got the internship would do so poorly that he would quit law school altogether after Vivienne broke up with him. Enid might be controlled by her emotions but like Elle, who was chosen partially because she was smart, and didn't agree with Callahan's amoral attorney strategy, probably proved herself good enough to get the position. Callahan does probably care about the image boost having a lesbian and a Huntington as his interns but if they aren't good lawyers it wouldn't mean much and might lower public opinion of him.

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?
    • Are you kidding? You're believed to be having an affair with a well-known fitness instructor who everyone believes shot and killed her rich husband? People will automatically assume that she killed her husband to get everything and come rushing to her boy-toy! Do you have any idea how much those kinds of autobiographies sell?
  • Also his boyfriend's behaviour is a bit of a headscratcher. He is probably ok when the supposed affair with Brooke was questioned which is a lie, but when the pool guy says that Enrique 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?
    • They might have believed he was Camp Straight before.
    • This really confuses me - the idea of sequins on a thong seems incredibly uncomfortable for a menial job. Wouldn't it... I don't know... chafe?

Brooke's Liposuction

  • 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.
    • Then again, she could've gotten the bandages from the liposuction removed that day, and at that point, her bruises would have probably healed and she would be off of her medication. Thus leading to another motive for Chutney wanting to murder Brooke: the attention Brooke is now getting from Chutney's father.
    • 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."
      • It still wouldn't matter because what she was having DONE there wasn't relevant, just that she wasn't home. A call to the doctor's office was all that was needed. And for that matter, fitness gurus get work done all the time - Brooke is insane to think that a murder conviction would be less bad for her career than going to a plastic surgeon's office.
    • Well her career is already being harmed by a murder accusation. Even if she's found innocent, there will still be people who believe her to be guilty. And remember that this is the early 2000s - with the internet up and coming. If the story gets out, it will spread.

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, actually lampshaded in the movie by one of the people on the Harvard admission board while deciding to accept Elle. ("aren't we always looking for diversity?") 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), and 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 her being a fashion major, she's specifically a fashion merchandising major, which to Harvard could suggest a desire to go into corporate law (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.
    • I always thought that she sent in a paper essay along with the video essay.
  • 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.

Title pun?

  • Okay, I'm clueless and English isn't my first language, but can anyone please explain to me what the title is supposed to be a pun of?
    • The term "legally blind."
    • There's also a joke regarding how someone who looks like the stereotypical Dumb Blonde is going into law school (where the "legal" part of the title comes from).

Why all the name changes?

  • In the musical, Emmett Richmond becomes Emmett Forrest, Enid Wexler becomes Enid Hoopes, and Enrique Salvatore (the outed pool cleaner) becomes Nikos Argitakos, among others. I know I'm probably nitpicking here, but what's the point? I understand that things change in adaptation, but this just seems unnecessary to me.
    • While I'm not sure about Enid, but the other two are easy to explain. Emmett got his last name changed as a bit of a stealth pun because he's paired up with Elle Woods. Woods, and Forrest together, ya see. Enrique got his first name changed to rhyme with his boyfriend's name of Carlos(Whose name was likely changed from Chuck just because it doesn't sound as nice.) His last name became Argitakos likely because it rolled off the tongue well, and a minor joke about the last part sounding a bit like tacos.

Chutney's Guilt

  • When this troper performed Legally Blonde senior year of high school, one of my fellow cast members wondered this: "Couldn't she have said she got another perm the following day after she somehow forgot about not getting it wet after 24 hours?" thus explaining how her perm is still intact?
    •  She says she's been doing perms twice, I think, per year every since she was twelve. When it comes to hair habits, that's the sort of thing you don't just forget. Add that Elle put extra-pressure on her by specifically saying that anyone with that number of perms done would remember that. Now she could've washed if she thought that this one turned out bad, but they could probably ask her hairstylist if she complained about it in the salon or something.
    • Chutney was caught off guard. She didn't expect that to be where she got found out. And if she lied to say she got her hair re-done, they could easily have called the salon and checked that out (if they don't have an appointment book then surely whoever was working there would remember someone coming back in the next day or so soon after to have it re-done). And maybe Chutney realised that since her alibi was falling apart around her, it was better to just confess and get it over with.
  • Adding on to this, I don't understand why no one has ever brought this up, but why didn't Chutney just say that she was wearing a showercap in the shower so her hair didn't get wet? That isn't thought of as an option to anyone.
    • As stated above, Chutney was caught off guard. She probably wasn't quick enough to come up with that excuse.
    • One of the last things Chutney says before Elle calls her out is, "I was in the shower, I was washing my hair." Hard to claim you were wearing a showercap after that.