Ariana Grande found the silver lining in heartbreak this year when she penned the instantly iconic “Thank U, Next.” Dropping the song in November following her broken engagement from Pete Davidson, the pop star lists her famous exes, including Davidson, Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, and the late Mac Miller, thanking the men for helping shape the person she has become today. Not only is “Thank U, Next” Grande’s first No. 1 song, it should also be required listening for anyone who plans on dating. Ever. Love yourself first, people!
A song this massive both in popularity and subject matter (the first healthy break up song of all time?), Grande turned to some of the biggest movies of the 2000s that also dealt with heartbreak through empowerment. Bring It On, Legally Blonde, 13 Going On 30, and Mean Girls became the basis for “Thank U, Next,” with stars like Reese Witherspoon, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, and Lindsay Lohan giving their social media blessing in the weeks leading up to Friday’s premiere.
Also… 2 weeks ago I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal and I talked her out of buying a truly heinous angora sweater! https://t.co/S06dEhLta2
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) November 21, 2018
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 21, 2018
— Eliza Dushku (@elizadushku) November 22, 2018
The video is filled with cameos, including Mean Girls’ actors Jonathan Bennett and Bethany Byrd, Legally Blonde’s Jennifer Coolidge, and singer Troye Sivan. In one of the best cameos possibly in the history of music videos, Kris Jenner plays Amy Poehler’s ‘Cool Mom’ in Mean Girls, a character who prioritizes her daughter’s looks and sexuality over her personality. “Ugh, I love you so much” is just another way of saying “You’re doing great, sweetie.”
The video’s opening features some of the most quotable lines from Mean Girls while personalizing the classic teen film to Grande, featuring the singer’s favourite quote “Honest to God, knock me out,” which she had tattooed on herself along with Davidson. Speaking of her famous exes, Grande used her Burn Book as a way to praise her past loves, including an apology to Davidson, writing “Sorry I Dipped.” It doesn’t get more amicable than that.
So, how closely did Grande stick to the famous films? Pretty close. It’s sexy, it’s cute, it’s accurate to boot.
Real Mean Girls
Real Bring It On
Check out “Thank U, Next” below and prepare to bend and snap your way into the weekend.