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Mean Girls

A movie directed by Mark Waters

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Surprisingly good high school comedy

  • Nov 25, 2004
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Although this got nice notices when it was out in the theaters, I still wasn't sure I wanted to see it. Produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, and written and starring several SNL alumni, it had a stigma of stupidity. Yet the reviews said it was smart, funny, and well-done.

The reviews were right. For the most part, this is an intelligent movie. The premise is that a home-schooled girl fresh off the plane with her African-studying professor parents would finds the rituals of high school alien. Every so often she sees that world in light of her African knowledge. Graft on the typical story of revenge against the Heathers-like girls who run the schoool, the Plastics, and you've got something that is a fresh enough variant on cliques in school that it's interesting.

Surprisingly for an SNL-related script (thankfully, however, not a direct inspiration from any SNL skit, though), the writer, Tina Fey, keeps most of the elements from going over-the-top (maybe it was because her script was based on a book?). If anything, I was surprised that the movie didn't use the kids-as-animals comparisons more, but more might have been strained in this case, and it was probably the right move to be restrained. There's also a wonderful bit with a school bus that gets played on early and then returns for the climax that seems in the end to have been a surprise until you realize they clued you in about it in the first minutes. All of the characters, while based on stereotypes, come across as more real than one usually gets in these teen movies; even the mean girls of the title are understandable.

The most annoying thing in the movie was fellow-SNL alumnus Amy Poehler as the alpha-mean girl's very liberal-minded mother. In a couple of gags that the Farrelly brothers would have been proud of, she lowers the entire tone of the movie. Luckily, her part is minimal. (The other SNL cast member, Tim Meadows, however, does a great turn as the school principal.)

I'd rank this one with other teen high school flicks such as Fast Times at Ridgmont High, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, and Heathers. Worth a rental.

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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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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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