The moment we’ve all be waiting for has arrived: Ariana Grande‘s clever new video for her smash ‘thank u, next’ is here. The popstar has been dropping hints left and right about the highly anticipated premiere with pictures of her dressed like characters from classic romantic comedy films—Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, and 13 Going On 30.
The track references her exes and how these failed relationships taught her something crucial—she’s strong, powerful, and compassionate. What better way to pay homage to inner strength than capturing the essence of spunky early 2000s women in iconic rom-coms?
Kris Jenner even makes an appearance, posing as Mean Girls character Regina George’s mother. Holding camcorder and all, she records and dances along to the infamous ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ routine performed by Ariana alongside her former Victorious co-star Elizabeth Gillies. We see Ari pull off the timeless “bend-and-snap” move made by Elle Woods with Jennifer Coolidge and of course, we can’t forget to mention the Bring It On tooth brushing scene where another Nickelodeon reunion is sparked with Matt Bennett. Colleen Ballinger, Troye Sivan, Daniella Monet, and Jonathan Bennett are some of the other famous faces that also make a cameo.
Fans are eating it all up, loving every minute of the singer’s bubbly new video. It’s bursting with tons of pop culture references especially for early 90s kids who grew up watching these cult classics.
— c (@chuuzus) November 30, 2018
Ariana really got the UPS guy from Legally Blonde and Jennifer Coolidge in the same music video… the power that that has, the intelligence that that has, the clearance that that has, the impact that that has, the access that that has, the influence that that has
— jon (@prasejeebus) November 30, 2018
— Music News Facts (@musicnewsfact) November 30, 2018
— Savannah Grimm (@savvygrimm) November 30, 2018
lets see, ariana is serving looks, looks completely out of this world, the visuals are just amazing and the quality is incredible, the concept of the video is on point, so i've come to the conclusion that thank u, next is a complete masterpiece #thankunextvideo pic.twitter.com/DugrsYqXKa
— kate (@beerspoet) November 30, 2018
The fact that Kris Jenner was put in the video for the memes while already referencing the “youre doing amazing sweetie” meme that has always tied in with the Mean Girls “I’m not a regular mom I’m a cool mom” meme pic.twitter.com/RuqnpNRql7
— festive gay tweets (@trashygaytweets) November 30, 2018
half of that music video is just ariana having fun with her friends we had to stan
— caitlin (@raindropslilyj) November 30, 2018
— kassy (@astrowqrld) November 30, 2018
— ᥱᥣᥣᥱ. (@shawntruIy) November 30, 2018
It’s done in perfect Ariana Grande fashion—cute and care-free. ‘thank u, next’ is sure to be an instant classic alongside some of pop music’s most notorious videos.
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