For a movie that's about chasing ambition, there are some pretty strong anti-feminist themes. Some of them, like Elle going to Harvard to chase a man, can be forgiven because the movie is about her developing into an independent woman, and that plot line helps to accentuate her journey. But others, like the portrayal of Enid Wexler as a caricature of modern feminism, are pretty disturbing.
Also disappointing is the fact that, while Elle is empowered by the end of the film and dumps Warner for good, she still ends up with a man. Thankfully, this isn't a major plot point, but it still would have been nice to see Elle end the movie as a single, empowered woman.
Emmett is a great guy and all, but the revelation that he's going to propose on the day of Elle's law school graduation detracts from the overall premise of the movie. Elle realizes that the engagement ring she chased Warner to get isn't as important as finding herself. And yet, her engagement to Emmett shows up at the end of the film, as if the producers assume her academic accomplishments and self-growth aren't enough to woo the viewers.