Elle Woods was hollering back before the movement. This is why i love this movie. It’s so progressive. Elle is a femme feminist who comes by it the hard way. She doesn’t change for the bookish people, the elitists, or for the feminists. She just does what she needs to do, and what she wants, even when at first it was chasing a boy. Then the movie drops the romance. IT DROPS THE ROMANCE. chick flicks don’t do that. Emmett asking her out is a footnote at the very end. And this whole time, she is classy, and lady like, and has pride in herself and her work. She’ll go to a costume party as a playboy bunny, but like hell will she sleep with her professor for an internship. Elle is my feminist role model
I remember listening to my DAD defend Legally Blonde. An uncle was saying “Oh look, it’s that stupid movie again.” as he flipped through the channels. My dad responded with “Oh yeah, that movie where the blonde girl with great grades works really hard to get into pre-law, studies hard and proves herself to her peers and bosses while maintaining her integrity and not sleeping with her boss? What a terrible message to send girls.”
Also, I love this movie because Reese Witherspoon.
LET’S NOT FORGET that even though it starts with a situation where two girls are rivals for the same guy, they BOTH choose to ignore the social codes (and hollywood bylaws) that tell them they should be cat-fighting and trying to one-up each other, and instead they realize that they make good working partners and better friends and screw rivalry, AND ALSO HAVE EACH OTHER’S BACKS RE: WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT. And that it portrays sororities as places where women can learn to work together and respect each other and help each other out, which sets the stage for the way Elle treats everyone she meets for the rest of the movie. OH AND IT HAS A FAT SIDE CHARACTER WHO OVERCOMES EMOTIONAL ABUSE, IS NEVER FAT-SHAMED OR USED AS THE BRUNT OF A FAT JOKE, AND LANDS THE HOTTEST MAN IN THE ENTIRE FILM.
Also, Elle still stays true to herself in a professional setting. Even when it’s tough for her, she always keeps being her bubbly, peppy self. She doesn’t let what others say about her stop her from being a kickass lawyer that also is unafraid to express herself how she wants to.
Image Caption: A picture of two cosplayers, one cosplaying Velma from Scooby Doo and one cosplaying Cyclops from the X-Men. Both kneel on the floor groping around with their hands; Cyclops covers his eyes, while Velma has hers squinted. On the ground before them lay Cyclops’s visor and Velma’s glasses.
ended up watching the film last night after about five years or so just because i don’t remember kajol being so hot back then (she was). those surly eyebrows, the maroon lips, the vintage glasses, the misbehaving hair, oof.
also discovered: best slow-clap scene in the history of bollywood also goes to this film (at 2:00). someone make a gif of kajol’s pretty, disdainful face already.
final thought: has bollywood always been this obsessed with central and south (inner) london? the walk that simran’s father takes every morning is literally the average tourist’s haven, from trafalgar square and buckingham palace all the way past the houses of parliament, across westminster bridge and, wait for it, hyde park (what an inconvenient route; i wonder where he was trying to get to). to come all the way from the suburbs to the city for a morning walk reeks of wealth or boredom (or both, not to mention second-hand imperial pride to cancel out the jingoism, perhaps: a true citizen of the world, our man is).
[will film a love-story that will take place entirely in croydon and east-ham. may have obligatory meet-cute on the overground or the brighton main line.]
Damn. I was nine or ten when DDLJ came out and … no, I loved Kajol, but I do not remember her being that hot. And it’s not just the nerdy glasses— she’s glorious in the linked video as well (I still dislike that song)