Legally Blonde was almost a much dirtier film.
EW recently sat down and watched the 2001 film with co-writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, and stars Selma Blair and Alanna Ubach. And it wasn’t long before a dirty joke was revealed.
In the beginning of the movie, Elle (Reese Witherspoon) is unexpectedly dumped by her super hunky boyfriend, Warner (Matthew Davis), after which she returns to the sorority house to eat chocolate, sulk, and just generally hate men. But when her sorority sisters Serena (Ubach) and Margot (Jessica Cauffiel) want to cheer her up, they decide it’s time for the one thing that makes her feel better no matter what: A manicure. Only, the script didn’t always say “manicure.”
“There was a very dirty joke [there]: ‘What’s one thing that always makes us feel better? Cunnilingus,'” McCullah says. “And then it was like, ‘No, the thing after that.’ And then it cuts to the manicure place.”
As for the joke, McCullah says, “It was cut during the test screening because a movie executive said, ‘What does cunnilingus mean?'” According to McCullah, the exec is no longer in the business, at which point Blair jokingly chimes in, “He’s no longer with his wife, either.”
But that wasn’t the only dirty joke cut from the script. In a later scene, Elle informs her besties of her plan to attend Harvard, at which point Margot decides to be supportive and give Elle her lucky scrunchie. She explains that it’s lucky because it helped her pass Spanish, but as Serena says, Margot passed Spanish because she gave the professor a lap dance. “The alt for that was hand job,” McCullah says with a laugh.
Of course, neither dirty joke made the film’s final cut, but at the very least, they do provide a glimpse inside the minds of Margot and Serena.