Music video references multiple rom-com classics

Dec 5 • Opinion, Top Stories • 150

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In a few day s, Ariana Grande has already broken the internet.

Friday afternoon, Grande released her music video for her hit “Thank u, Next.”

Let’s just say I have been patiently waiting for this video since the single dropped weeks ago.

I was honestly surprised how quickly she released the video.

Starting Nov. 17, Grande started to post images that were similar to iconic movie outfits.

These movies happened to be four of my all-time favorite movies growing up: “Mean Girls,” “Bring It On,” “13 Going on 30” and “Legally Blonde.”

The video opens up with the iconic comments of the classmates.

This scene featured original “Mean Girls” castmates, such as Matt Bennett and the “Army pants and flip flops” girl.

The video also included YouTubers Colleen Ballinger, Troye Sivan and Gabi DeMartino.

I am a huge fan of DeMartino so it was exciting to see her featured in her favorite musician’s newest video.

Earlier this year, fans of Grande attacked DeMartino online for her resemblance to the performer.

As a way to make peace, Grande invited DeMartino to appear in the video.

The best part was that Grande made sure to include her former castmates, Matt Bennett, Elizabeth Gillies and Daniella Monet, from her old show “Victorious.”

Grande did a fantastic job of portraying the iconic mean girl, Regina George.

The video then pans to “Bring It On” scenes.

I wished the video had included a little more cheerleading scenes, but hey that’s just me.

Personally, I am very disappointed with the “13 Going on 30” scene. I wish it had included a little more, but after watching the video 10 plus times, I guess I understand why they included such a small part.

I really wished they would have included a little more, maybe the part of the movie where she hosted the magazine photoshoot.

Seeing Grande in the wedding dress made me emotional for not only her, but for her ex, Pete Davidson.

I kind of wished she would have turned around, so we could have seen the front, but it is understandable why she did not.

Ending the video, Grande referenced to the movie “Legally Blonde.”

“Legally Blonde” just may be the most empowering women movie of this generation.

For anyone who doesn’t know of this film, it is basically about a sorority girl who is dumped by her long-term boyfriend. She follows him to law school to try to win him back.

In the end, she realizes she is better without him.

I loved that Grande referred to this film. However, I wished she would have done a courthouse scene.

I believe that would have truly embraced Grande’s new sense of female empowerment.

The best part of the entire video is Kris Jenner’s cameo.

She portrays the crazy mom, and that was amazing for her to star as.

Overall, I loved the music video for “Thank u, Next.” It was everything and more than I could have asked for.

OLIVIA HAHNER

hahner001@jnights.gannon.edu

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