02.12.2021

11 iconic films that almost had totally different endings

Most movies with strong plots have the capacity to result in different outcomes, that much we know. But it doesn’t make it easier to wrap our heads around what could have been.

For instance, what if Vivian and Edward didn’t get their happily ever after in Pretty Woman (believe it or not, it almost happened)? Or what if Elle Wood’s fate was the complete contrast of what we saw in Legally Blonde? Well, it turns out that was almost the case too.

One thing that’ll always blow our minds is the idea of an alternative ending to a TV show or film we know and love. It changes everything, especially when it comes to the latter.

According to the film’s co-writer Karen McCullah, there was an original ending planned that didn’t include Elle graduating, however it was scrapped last minute.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, McCullah explained that the initial ending saw Elle winning the case as a first year law student, everyone congratulating her – including Emmett (Luke Wilson), who sealed it with a kiss – before we’re flashed into the future a year on, where Elle and Vivian are handing out leaflets for their new Blonde Legal Defence Fund.

While it’s still cute, it’s not the ending we know and love, meaning it automatically feels so wrong. It has, however, inspired us to see just how many of our other favourite films almost didn’t turn out the way we know them to be. It turns out, like Frozen, which almost turned out very differently, or Titanic, which went viral for its unpopular alternative ending, there are a lot. So, here are few that’ll totally blow your mind…

If You Love Trick-or-Treaters but Don’t Want Them at Your Door This Year, Try the “Candy Sticking” Idea!

While I have just been wallowing in self-pity over the fact that one of my all-time favorite holiday traditions – trick-or-treating – is canceled, other parents have been actually coming up with ingenious solutions to their community’s socially distant, COVID-friendly Halloween recommendations. From clever contraptions to deliver candy to passersby with six feet of space to DIY glow-in-the-dark ghost hunts, families across the internet are sharing their treat-ready workarounds.

“I’ll be decorating my yard with candy, Willy Wonka style. Kids can come by and get candy from a safe distance and I’ll get to smile and wave from my front porch. Win-win.”

The latest has been dubbed “candy sticking” by Wendy Reeves Winter, a Colorado-based mom who considers Halloween her favorite holiday. She plans to simply take individually wrapped candies to sticks and poke them into the ground throughout her front lawn.

“I still want to hang out on my porch and see everyone’s cute costumes, but, no, I don’t want a bunch of kids ringing my doorbell and fishing in my bowl for candy,” she wrote in a Facebook post debuting her discovery. “So I’ll be decorating my yard with candy, Willy Wonka style. Kids can come by and get candy from a safe distance and I’ll get to smile and wave from my front porch. Win-win.”

If you want to try this in your yard, she said “any kind of stick” works but noted that popsicle sticks are ideal if you are worried about impaling children (“yep, I got comments on that!” she said). She also suggested plastic spoons, glow sticks, or plastic straws. Her one warning: “Don’t put your candy out too early,” she noted. “Squirrels apparently love to trick or treat and will take advantage of any candy forest if left unattended for too long.”

Keep scrolling for a closer look at this candy sticking idea.

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