In 2001, Legally Blonde came out, based on the novel of the same name. In 2003, a sequel came out called Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. In 2009, a spin-off DVD was released called Legally Blondes. In 2007, Legally Blonde: The Musical premiered. And for the last year, Reese Witherspoon, who starred in these first two films as Elle Woods, has been talking with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to create a third film, which is set to release next year!
What will it be about? Who all will star in it? How many nods to the classic movies will appear? How different will it be? What will be the reception of it? Only time will tell, so until then, here are seven things we hope to see in it and three we don’t.
10 Hope To See: Elle Proving People Wrong In A Classy & Cute Way
After being told she was not serious enough in the first film, Elle studied and worked hard, earning her way into Harvard Law. After being called Capitol Barbie in the second film, Elle fought for animal rights and got Bruiser's Bill the attention it deserved. No matter what this character is doing, she is standing up for herself, following after her dreams and being a true inspiration. Plus, the way she has proved people wrong is classy and cute (not entitled and annoying), and we want more of that in this third installment!
9 Hope To See: What That Looks Like In Today’s Time
While on Ellen, Reese Witherspoon said, “it's sort of about women being underestimated, and I think it's a good idea -- that things have changed, but not that much has changed.” As mentioned, this character got into law school and passed a big bill, even when many around her had their doubts. Since these two movies, there have been many conversations and headlines surrounding women, their struggles and their triumphs. That being said, it will certainly be interesting to see how recent events/news will shape all that Elle stands and fights for in life.
8 Stay Away: Anything Having To Do With That Spin-Off
In 2009, Legally Blondes was released, as a spin-off story. While this flick was co-produced by Reese Witherspoon herself, it was, well, disappointing to many fans. It focused on Annabelle "Annie" and Isabelle "Izzy" Woods, Elle's British twin cousins who ended up at a prep school. Maybe they, too, were standing up for themselves and fighting for injustices while there, but it was hard to be inspired by anything here with the sub-par acting, the clichés and the randomness of it all. So let’s skip over all of this with the new film, okay?
7 Hope To See: The Return Of Familiar Faces
In the original movie, we got Ali Larter as Brooke Taylor-Windham, a fitness instructor and one of Elle's role models; Jennifer Coolidge as Paulette Bonafonté, Elle's manicurist and confidante; Selma Blair as Vivian Kensington, an eventual friend; and Luke Wilson as Emmett Richmond; Elle’s eventual husband. In the sequel, we got Sally Field as Congresswoman Victoria Rudd and Regina King as Grace Rossiter, Rudd's Chief of Staff. These are some big names, and these were some memorable characters, so it is exciting to think about the possible roles they will play in this new project.
6 Hope To See: At Least One Chihuahua
Moonie was the chihuahua who played Bruiser Woods in Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. He lived with Gidget, a chihuahua who appeared in Taco Bell commercials and in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde as Bruiser's Mom. Unfortunately, Gidget passed away in 2009, and Moonie did in 2016. It is hard to imagine Elle without her furry friend, so we are wondering if they will address the passing, if Bruiser will be replaced, if a new pet will be around or if there will be a tribute to this great supporting character.
5 Hope To See: Even More Pink
Of course, Elle’s outfits were some of the best parts of these films, and many of them were full of pink, earning her the nickname Capitol Barbie (which even became a real doll!). Her room, bedding, accessories, phone, and furniture also boasted her favorite color, and she even turned in an iconic résumé, which was on pink paper and scented with perfume. What else could be pink in her life? How many pink things has she added, all of these years later? What other average objects (like paper) could she take to the next level with this color? We’ll see!
4 Stay Away: Musical Numbers
After the success of Legally Blonde as a novel and a movie, people decided to also turn it into a musical. Sure, the story is entertaining, and the main character is captivating, but there are some things that should just not be turned into musicals. This one even aired on MTV, along with a reality TV show about the audition process for finding the next Elle Woods.
While some may have been fans of this Broadway project and television series, let’s just keep any musical numbers out of this new movie, shall we?
3 Hope To See: The Romance
Legally Blonde 3 is set to release on February 14, 2020… which is Valentine’s Day. Because of that date and this genre, fans can surely expect to see some romance! When we last saw Elle, she had just gotten married (in a park in Washington, D.C., on the home plate of Fenway Park - How cute!). Now, she could be divorced, pregnant, the mother of several children, with someone new or still happily enjoying life with Emmett. Either way, this movie needs to bring the love, since it is always enjoyable to see the star get swept off her feet, living happily ever after.
2 Stay Away: Anything That Tarnishes Our View Of This Franchise
Sequels (and threequels and so on) can be a tricky thing: Many fans are drawn to original stories, the ones that first intrigued them and made them fall in love. However, there are franchises that have successfully created many more movies, as well. It is the time of reboots, revivals, and reunions, and having Reese Witherspoon all in for this new film is promising. It just needs to honor the OG story and not do anything that tarnishes our view or makes this all feel like a regrettable decision… Please and thanks.
1 Hope To See: The Bend & Snap
And, of course, we better see the bend and snap. For those who don’t know or remember, Elle teaches her friend Paulette this classic move, in order to try and attract the UPS guy. As Elle says, this move has an 83-percent return on a dinner invitation, causing the other women around her to try it, as well as causing fans at home to fall in love with this fab movement. And there is no way it can’t be in this new movie, right? It is a big part of Elle, so it better show up!