Legally Blonde has been a lot of things to a lot of people throughout the years, but none more important than serving as a literal lifesaver for one fan battling severe depression.
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The glittering pink Elle Woods movie is packed full of memorable, quotable lines: "bend and snap", "I don’t think I’ve been this excited since Gucci became a publicly-traded company", etc etc. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the film"s co-writer Karen McCullah revealed one line in particular had real impact after getting stuck in someone"s head.
"I got an email from a guy who said that he was really depressed and was about to hurt himself when a friend called and asked him to go dancing," she explained.
"He said no, he didn’t want to go out. And then after he hung up the phone, he remembered the line, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.""
That line is spoken by Elle as she explained in court why she was certain her client Brooke Windham was innocent of her husband"s murder. "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands," Elle says confidently.
So confidently was the line delivered, in fact, that it remained in the head of this one fan for years afterwards. McCullah continued: "So he called the friend back, went dancing, had a great time, decided not to kill himself, and wrote me a letter saying, "That line saved my life."
"What an offhand line to end up being so meaningful to someone. That blew my mind," she said.
Obviously the man in Karen"s story would ultimately have had a lot more to deal with that wasn"t simply solved by a night out dancing, but the line in the film gave him the inspiration and the energy to do something that made him feel better in the moment, and that turned out to be invaluable. There"s a lesson to be learned there...
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