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Support in Romance

When a friend enters a new relationship, they may stray away and eventually wander back, but the bond may not be the same as it once was. Lorelei and Dorothy's relationship in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes showcases the value of having a support system to reach out to when one needs help. While the two of them recognize each other's flaws, they still protect one another and treat each other's problems as their own.

Lorelei and Dorothy can accomplish goals individually, but they are stronger with a united effort. Rowe writes, "They know what their weapons are, they know how good they are, and they're loyal to each other, above all" (Rowe 182). The driving force behind friendship satisfies an individual's need for love, belonging, understanding, and appreciation from another person. Lorelei and Dorothy help each other put things into perspective and look out for each other. Other female friendship films display relational aggression, competition, or revenge between each other; however, Lorelei and Dorothy understand the importance of supporting one another throughout the film.

When one person enters a romantic relationship, sometimes they begin to lose their friends. The friends may stop spending as much time together, or it seems as if one gets replaced by the significant other. When a friend enters a new relationship, the friend finds satisfaction and the love they searched for, which the other party does not have. Although Lorelei is engaged, and Dorothy is "more interested in love than money," the real love story is between the two characters (Rowe 178). They do not lose touch with each other despite the fact they are looking for relationships for different reasons. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes emphasizes the relationship between Lorelei and Dorothy over the woman and their partners in the closing scene where, "the camera moves closer in on Lorelei and Dorothy, excluding the bridegrooms and framing the two brides together in a celebration of the female couple" (Rowe 182). While Lorelei and Dorothy's interests in men are not the same, they support each other through their romantic relationship troubles.

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