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Legally Blonde: Life Lessons by Elle Woods

Remembering that first impressions are not always correct, you must always have faith in people, and most importantly you must always have faith in yourself.

-Elle Woods

Movies give viewers the rare opportunity to escape the daily stresses of life, but also have the ability to spread a poignant message to wide audiences. A film that comes to mind that has these two characteristics is Legally Blonde. The heroine of the story is Elle Woods, a pink-clad, Chihuahua-carrying girl from a privileged background in Bel-Air, California. While she may seem ditzy and unfocused, she destroys her “dumb blonde” stereotype with her intelligence, persistence, and motivation, which land her at Harvard Law School. Legally Blonde is a movie that everyone should see due to its light-hearted, yet inspirational premise about self-worth and opportunity.

Elle Woods is one of the most relatable characters of this generation, as she is flawed and makes mistakes, but perseveres despite the obstacles in her way. The movie starts with her boyfriend ending their long-term relationship and with her spiraling into a state of despair. Viewers can sympathize with because, like all of us, she suffers from heartbreak. She decides to apply and follow her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in hopes to win him back. It does not occur to Elle that Harvard is unattainable, and she sets a plan in place to catapult her to her goal. Ultimately, she is accepted and her famous line was born when someone asks about her acceptance: “What? Like it’s hard?” Her destructive mindset of following her ex-boyfriend across the country and wrongly prioritizing a man over her individual success is not influential. She makes mistakes and begins to realize that there is more to life than a man. Elle turns her mistake into opportunity, and if she had not applied to Harvard, she would not have a successful career as a lawyer. Elle teaches us that it is acceptable to make mistakes, and we can become stronger and more experienced through them. Mistakes and hard work breed opportunity, and this lesson is an essential one for everyone to learn.

Changing situations are inevitable in life, and the way Elle handles them is influential to all viewers. Elle is an incredibly flamboyant and witty character and maintains her unique personality in every challenge she comes across. She is an outsider at Harvard who does not fit in. In one scene, a student excludes her from a group because “it’s a smart people thing.” Elle is the prime example of the saying “do not judge a book by its cover.” Underneath her designer clothing and Barbie doll looks, she is a girl with high academic prowess. She does not change herself to fit society’s expectations, and she confidently embraces her unique qualities to succeed and win a huge case. Many of us can relate to bullying from our peers and feeling excluded, and just like Elle did, we should not let it define us.

Elle’s journey is a path many people follow throughout life. Everyone can relate to lost love, overcoming obstacles, learning about ourselves and achieving our dreams. While no one is perfect, we can use our mistakes to create new opportunities. Altogether, Legally Blonde is a movie that makes people laugh due to Elle’s wit and to the exaggerated events that take place. Just like Elle, Legally Blonde has much more than meets the eye. The movie is relatable for all girls and boys because it speaks to the universal themes of lost love, hard work and perseverance. It does not matter if someone seeks a film to escape or to learn because Legally Blonde does both masterfully, reaching every audience across the world.

 

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