Every Movie Scene Referenced in Ariana Grande's Latest 'Thank U, Next' Video Teaser
Ariana Grande shared behind-the-scenes footage on Thursday (Nov. 29) of her "thank u, next" music video, set to release on Friday, which includes iconic scenes from movies like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and more.
"We're not going to put all of the set ups in the sneak peek tho because we don't want to spoil everything, so just a taste" Grande wrote in a tweet.
The teaser video shows a blond Grande dressed up as both Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods from the 2001 film Legally Blonde and Rachel McAdams' Regina George from 2004's Mean Girls. There is also a clip of her best friends dressed up as bridesmaids, with a quick snippet showing the singer in a white dress, hinting at a possible wedding scene.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express their excitement after weeks of teasers. While the official video is out Friday, Billboard has put together a list of iconic movie references seen in the "thank u, next" behind-the-scenes trailer below.
1. Legally Blonde - Elle Woods & Bruiser make their Harvard debut.
In the teaser, Ari steps out in an all-pink outfit complete with her pup, Toulouse, in matching pink threads. In the original movie scene, Elle Woods (Witherspoon) makes it to Harvard Law School and walks around with her Chihuahua, Bruiser, who is a "Gemini vegetarian," just like his mom.
these spot the difference games are getting to be hard pic.twitter.com/BCm2TQZ9YK— krystal (@sabscamila) November 29, 2018
2. Legally Blonde - Elle Woods Lounges with Bruiser.
Toulous proves to be almost as famous as Grande with an adorable purple jacket, similar to the one Bruiser wears as he lounges with Woods (Witherspoon) in the original scene.
WHAT??!! ARE YOU... KIDDING?!? pic.twitter.com/2PJbZxTE4q— Ariana Armenia loves you (@dangerousbleb) November 29, 2018
3. Bring it On - Cliff & Torrance face off in a tooth-brushing competition.
Grande and her longtime friend and onetime Victorious co-star Matt Bennett re-enact Bring It On's hilarious scene where Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst) and Cliff Pantone (Jessie Bradford) face off in tooth brushing.
i love this relationship pic.twitter.com/YXEo24SYg9— lucia (@campurpose) November 29, 2018
4. Legally Blonde - Elle Woods gets everyone to "bend and snap."
The teaser video shows scenes from inside a pastel-colored salon, similar to the one that Woods (Witherspoon) visits to see her partner-in-crime Paulette Bonafonte (Jennifer Coolidge) and teaches everyone about the "bend and snap" technique.
5. Mean Girls - Regina George brings her friends to her glamorous party house.
Grande rocks a blond wig as she lounges in a huge bedroom similar to Regina George's (McAdams) extravagant one in Mean Girls. In the original bedroom scene, the main characters lounge around before discovering the "Burn Book" that would later unleash a wave of drama in the film.
6. 13 Going on 30 - Jenna tells her best friend Matt she loves him on his wedding day.
Grande's footage shows zoomed-in shots of a plastic dollhouse followed by snippets of her friends dressed up as bridesmaids in pale pink dresses. In 13 Going on 30's final scene, childhood friends Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) and Matt Flamhaff (Mark Ruffalo) talk about their teenage years when Matt made Jenna a dollhouse, one that she would end up taking with her on the day of Matt's wedding. In the end, the two end up marrying, which has Grande fans excited to see who she decides to walk down the aisle with -- maybe "the one" named Ari?