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YMMV: Legally Blonde

The Film

  • Acceptable Targets: Blondes.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The third movie, and sometimes the second.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Reese Witherspoon is on the cover of Elle magazine.
  • Hollywood Homely: Chutney. She's played by Linda Cardellini (although the frizzy perm and dour attitude didn't do her any favors.)
  • Mary Sue: Elle, just a tad. She's obviously gorgeous and good with people, and if she can learn enough to get a 179 on the LSAT in just a few months, she's obviously also pretty brilliant.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Some viewers find Brooke to be this, viewing her use of cosmetic surgery to be a bit unethical given her image.
  • What an Idiot: Chutney at the trial. On one hand, had she claimed to be literally anywhere else, she probably would've gotten Brooke put in prison and gotten off scot-free herself. On the other hand, she had to give an alibi that could be backed up. She was obviously in the house at the time of the murder and had to come up with an excuse for why she didn't hear a gunshot.

The Musical

  • Better Than It Sounds: Theater: Under the candy-colored fluffapalooza is a surprisingly strong feminist message with genuine character development and believable romance.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The song "Gay, or European?"
  • Ear Worm: several.
    • "Omigod, omigod, you guys!"
    • "What you want is right in front of you, front of you!"
    • "Seeing my name up on that list, that beats the first time that we kissed..."
    • "There! Right there! Look at that tanned, well-tended skin..."
    • "Get back in the game, back on the case! Take a good look at my face..."
  • Flanderization: A few of the characters are less three-dimensional and instead have certain character traits amplified. Enid is a particularly egregious example.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fake legal case discussed during "Chip On My Shoulder" was recently turned into a (satirical) bill in a state legislature.
  • Hollywood Homely: The supposedly plain Vivienne was played on Broadway by Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle.
  • Les Yay:
    • Hinted at between Elle and Vivienne in the salon, but just barely. Also, Brooke and Elle are rather touchy-feely with each other...
    • In the touring production, at the end of the dance break in Positive, Margot has her hand on one of Elle's boobs.
    • Likewise in the London production, albeit it's Serena rather than Margot who's fondling Elle during the freeze. Clearly they're all at it.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Between "Whipped Into Shape," the "bend and snap," and the character of Enid, this is a really good show for lesbians. Or straight men. Or the bisexual.
  • Strawman Has a Point: When Callahan sings "Gay, or European?" in the musical in order to illustrate that Nikos being effeminate and flamboyant does NOT automatically equal that Nikos is gay. Callahan eventually became one of the bad guys for sexually harassing Elle...but he still was right in making the distinction between effeminacy and homosexuality.
    • Although Elle's original case for him being gay was that he didn't respond to the 'Bend and Snap'. The effeminacy was just supporting her claim.
  • Tear Jerker: "Legally Blonde". Elle giving up on her dreams almost before they've begun, and Emmett begging her to stay... her resignation is heartbreaking, and his desperation just makes it all the worse.
    Emmett: What about love? I never mentioned love - the timing's bad, I know. But perhaps, if I'd made it more clear that you belong right here, you wouldn't have to go, 'cause you'd know that I'm so much in love...
    Elle: Back to the sun, back to the shore, back to what I was before...
    Emmett: Please will you open the door?
    Elle: Time on the beach, dreams within reach, don't stray beyond...
    Emmett: We both know you're worth so much more!
    Elle: Some girls fight hard, some face the trial, some girls were just meant to smile... that's fine with me, just let me be "Legally Blonde"...
    Emmett: If you can hear, can I just say - how much I want you to stay?
    Elle: It's not up to me, just let me be "Legally Blonde"...
    Emmett: I need you to stay...
    Elle: It's not up to me! Just let me be "Legally Blonde"...

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