Legally Blonde has been woven into our collective cultural tapestry. It is littered with epic moments and unforgettable quips. It's also always on TV and impossibly watchable so we're all constantly reminded of how freaking unbelievable this movie is. But. There is always a But. There are some things that just don't make any sense. And they bother me guys. So, without further ado, here are some things that still bother me about Legally Blonde.
The whole crux of the conflict in this film is that after graduation, Warner breaks up with Elle so he can go on to attend Harvard Law School. Meanwhile, Elle is a sorority girl who is focused on fashion and social events. If Warner is truly the intellectual powerhouse he is supposed to be, why is he attending the same undergraduate school as ostensibly ditsy Elle in the first place? It is later revealed that Warner's blue blood legacy helped him end up at Harvard Law, but why is someone as WASP-y as him at some state school in Southern California to begin with?
The application time frame is all messed up here. Warner reveals that he is attending Harvard Law School at the end of the academic year, presumably starting the following fall. Somehow, over the course of a great montage scene, Elle takes the LSATS, puts together her application video, applies to Harvard, and gets accepted all before the start of 1L. When she arrives at Harvard, Elle seems to be a part of Warner and Vivian's graduating class. No questions asked.
This isn't a huge deal but it is definitely not addressed. I am not sure where you went to college, but when you live in University housing, there is almost always a policy against keeping pets in the dormitory. Elle waltzes into Harvard on the first day-- decks her room out in pink accoutrements and brings her tiny Chihuahua Brewster with her. He lives there throughout her whole career there and the issue is never once broached by the administration.
This is ridiculous. I understand that she has a loyal fanbase from her fitness tapes empire, but she is being accused of homicide. Why would she continue concealing her alibi when she is literally facing a lifetime in prison? It's completely irrational. Perhaps even more absurd is that Elle vows to keep her secret-- despite it being legally and fundamentally unwise.
In the final court scene, Elle is allowed to practice law according to a rule in which "senior law students" who have taken a class in evidence can appear as an attorney. At this point in the movie, Elle is just finishing her first year of law school. That in no way makes her "senior" and I don't recall her specifically taking any classes in evidence. But boy is it great when she gets up there, right?
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