Yes, I know. How ironic that a blonde would love this movie? Yet another underdog story, Elle Woods becomes the unlikely hero for underestimated women everywhere!
My friend Sarah and I can quote virtually every line from this movie, which we often did while on training runs during marathon season. They would come out of nowhere. “Oh my God! The bend and snap! Works every time!” “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t!” And especially pertinent right now: “And for that matter, any masturbatory excretions where the sperm was clearly not seeking an egg could be termed reckless abandonment!” It’s amazing what will entertain you on 16 mile training runs…
My favorite part of this movie, besides the gripping, triumphant court scene where Elle figures out the murder mystery, is the message it gives about women and what they tolerate from men. Yes, Elle initially begins law school to chase a boy, but she realizes she is worthy of more than he could give her anyway. And she is definitely worth more than her professor gave her credit for, too.
I also love the moment when she realizes how powerful the law can be in helping those who need it. The moment she helps Paulette get her dog back? That’s when the light bulb turns on. That’s when she realizes that the law can be transforming, even if her use of the rules was somewhat questionable.
I know that this movie seems frivolous. And on the surface, maybe it is. But beyond the fluff of a beautiful fashion diva are messages of the strength of friendship, of women helping women, and women realizing their own power. Never underestimate a “dumb” blonde. And never underestimate the power of women.
Do you love this movie, too? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.