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Mean Girls

A movie directed by Mark Waters

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Well Done High School Satire.

  • Mar 2, 2007
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Very loosely based upon the nonfiction book QUEEN BEES AND WANNABES by Rosalind Wiseman, MEAN GIRLS is about a girl trying to adjust to attending public school for the first time and the struggle she faces in attempting to fit in and be popular without denying her values and beliefs and betraying her real friends. The film stars Lindsey Lohan as Cady Heron. Cady's parents are zoologists that worked in Africa studying animals and Cady was home schooled her entire life. They return to the U.S. and Cady enters public schooling for the first time. Cady soon learns that life in the African bush was easy compared to life in a suburban high school jungle. There are cliques everywhere, people pretend to be things they aren't, and very few people are sincere and genuine. Cady is initially befriended by two of the school's outcasts, Damian (Daniel Franzese) and Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) who give Cady the lowdown of the different cliques in the school. They warn Cady about the most harmful of all the groups, The Plastics, a group of high maintenance girls who because of their beauty are the most popular and most hated girls in the school. Janis had been burned by the Plastic's Queen Bee, Regina George (Rachel McAdams) a few years ago and Janis wants revenge. Cady might have been raised in the wilds of Africa, but she is intelligent and attractive and soon The Plastics seek to initiate her into their group. Cady isn't very happy with the idea at first, but Janis thinks it's brilliant because Cady can be a spy for the cause. Things start out alright but after seeing Regina smooching the boy she likes, Cady begins to hatch a plan of revenge of her own. Things get messing and before the spring semester is over Cady finds that she has become the thing she most despised, the Queen Bee.

Initially, I was reluctant to watch MEAN GIRLS. I know it had received a lot of hype, but from the descriptions I had heard and read, it seemed to be like a glorified chick flick. I was wrong. The film will appeal most to high school and college aged girls, but it has a greater appeal than that. No matter where a person has attended high school in the United States, they are sure to relate in someway to the groups that are described in the film and how every little petty thing can seem to have so much importance. The film is extremely well written with a witty and biting sense of humor and isn't cheesy are schmaltzy. The film is a great satire about high school life in most U.S. secondary schools, yet in doing so comments on larger issues affecting everyone in society.

Lindsay Lohan is a very beautiful young woman and a talented actress. If she gets her act together she might reach the top tiers of the acting profession. Actually, all of the actors and actresses in the film do a great job. Personally I was pleased to see Neil Flynn play Cady's father--I love his role of The Janitor on SCRUBS and I think he's one of the most underrated character actors in the business.
With that said, MEAN GIRLS is still a chick flick, but it's one that doesn't have a sappy ending. In short it's a chick flick that guys won't mind acknowledging that they like.

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review by . December 12, 2010
I went into this movie fully expecting to hate it. I mean, come on, it's a movie marketed towards teenage girls, which are cringe-worthy at best and unspeakable at worst. But this one was actually pretty good, and smarter than the average teen movie. It's actually the only good movie that Lindsay Lohan managed to churn out in her adult life, but that being said, she was probably the least compelling/funny performance in the film. Every single cast member was great (even Lindsay a bit), and …
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Lohan & McAdams shine in this & 'Jingle Bell Rock' will never be the same..
Quick Tip by . July 28, 2010
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Seems like a girl movie, but is actually pretty hilarious. Rachel Mcadams steals the whole movie.
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Ah, Lindsey before things went seriously downhill.
review by . November 29, 2009
Mean girls is a interesting film, the best comedy starring lindsay lohan. This movie remind us the dramatic life of the High School but it is very funny! The life in the High School is fun but bit difficult. cady heron is a new girl in High School but to being new student in school is a lot of difficult . This film covers topics such as urban groups:      adolescents groups / mean girls:      Popular (Cady Heron group): This group is for beautiful people …
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Mean Girls is a 2004 comedy based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. It was directed by Mark Waters and was written by co-starring actress Tina Fey. The movie follows the life of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, as she enters public high school and finds herself unprepared for the drama that ensues with other classmates. 
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Director: Mark Waters
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 30, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Tina Fey
Runtime: 1hr 37min
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