‘Legally Blonde’ Initially Had a ‘Weak Ending’, Screenwriter Says

by Jeremy Spirogis
Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in

Legally Blonde is a must-watch for any Reese Witherspoon fan. It’s turn out to be a popular culture fixture because it debuted in 2001 because of its woman energy message and hilarious phrases. But earlier than the movie hit theaters it went via a spherical of screening with check audiences. Their suggestions on the film led to a significant change with the ending.

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde'
Reese Witherspoon in ‘Legally Blonde’ | Tracy Bennett/MGM Pictures

‘Legally Blonde’ ended with Elle Woods graduating from Harvard Law School

Legally Blonde follows Elle Woods (Witherspoon) on her journey to win again her ex-boyfriend, Warner (Matthew Davis). She units out to show to him she is marriage materials by attending Harvard Law School. By the top of the film, Elle discovers she’s a lot better with out Warner. 

The remaining scene of Legally Blonde lets audiences in on what occurred after Elle succeeded in her high-profile homicide trial. She gained over her friends who have been as soon as at odds along with her to turn out to be class elected speaker at commencement. And she turned greatest buddies with Warner’s former fiancée, Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair).

Legally Blonde ended with Elle getting a standing ovation for her commencement speech after audiences realized she acquired a job supply from a prime regulation agency. Plus, her new love curiosity, Emmett (Luke Wilson), deliberate on proposing to her. All in all, the film left audiences with the data that Elle was on to larger and higher issues.

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Initial ending ‘didn’t really feel proper’ to audiences, screenwriter says

What we simply talked about is what audiences acquired to see within the remaining model of Legally Blonde that acquired launched in theaters. But earlier than the film ended with the epic commencement scene the place Elle comes out on prime whereas Warner leaves Harvard with none job affords, it led to a completely completely different means. 

According to Vulture, Karen McCullah, who co-wrote the screenplay for Legally Blonde with Kirsten Smith, defined the film’s authentic ending through the 2015 Vulture Festival’s Screenwriters Roundtable. McCullah revealed the film initially ended instantly following Elle’s huge win.

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“It kind of ended right at the courthouse after she won the case,” McCullah mentioned. “She was on the courthouse steps and everyone was coming up and congratulating her and she had this big kiss with Luke Wilson.”

From there, McCullah mentioned the film confirmed Elle sooner or later beginning a Blonde Legal Defense Club in regulation college with a now-blonde-haired Vivian. But when check audiences noticed that specific ending, they wished to know extra about what occurred to Elle. 

“It was just kind of a weak ending,” McCullah mentioned. “The kiss didn’t feel right because it’s not a rom-com—it wasn’t about their relationship. So test audiences were saying, ‘We want to see what happens—we want to see her succeed.’ So that’s why we rewrote for graduation.”

And that’s how the commencement scene with Elle smiling and Hoku’s “Perfect Day” taking part in got here to be within the film. 

‘Legally Blonde 3’ is within the works 

Witherspoon reprised her position as Elle in a follow-up to the unique in 2003’s Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. And now the Oscar-winning actress goes to play the half but once more in Legally Blonde 3.

Details have slowly been launched and as of May 2020, we all know Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor have signed on to jot down the screenplay for the third installment. 

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