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Mean Girls

A movie directed by Mark Waters

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Yes Another Teen Movie, But Wait Its Worth A Look

  • Jan 6, 2006
Rating:
+3
Pros: Story is entertaining; acting is great.

Cons: Theme is not new…

The Bottom Line: Go rent Mean Girls, pop some popcorn, grab a bag of M&M’s, a can of Cherry Coke, settle in and prepared to be entertained.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

I am not a die-hard Lindsay Lohan fan of that I can surely attest, but I am a red-blooded American male so she does not completely escape my notice, my discerning eye if you will. So I have watch with morbid fascination as Lindsay morphed from a beautiful, vibrant, shapely auburn haired young woman into a scrawny blonde haired teenaged boy with awful skin. At least she has admitted that she sort of has a problem with Bulimia and drugs, that’s the first step towards gaining a stronger character. But I digress…we are here to discuss a movie.

Written by Rosalind Wiseman with screenplay by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters (Freaky Friday, Just Like Heaven), Mean Girls is you run of the mill teenaged fair, about love and war in hallways of a typical American high school. There is nothing new here, no new revelation(s); no new grown is sown, nor illuminating moments realized; Mean Girls is worthy of a rainy Sunday afternoon, not and Oscar statuette.

Lindsay portrays Cady Heron a heretofore home schooled sixteen-year-old teen who has traveled extensively in Africa and other exotic places. When asked where she’s from she impulsively answers Africa, not realizing that White people are not normally associated with the dark land to the Southeast, especially in the highly pedestrian mind of the average (and perhaps above average) American teenager. Cady is being thrust into the jungle of an upscale high school in Evanston, IL where her mother has accepted a tenured position with Northwestern University.

Cady of course is ignorant of the various clicks and clubs in her new high school and quickly falls in with the wrong crowd of (three) girls known as The Plastics. This group of popular girls is led by an atypical well dressed, well coifed, well moneyed, blonde haired, mean-spirited, bully babe named Regina George portrayed by Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye). The other Plastics members are dumb Gretchen Wieners portrayed by Lacy Chabert (Not Another Teen Movie), and dumber Karen Smith portrayed by Amanda Seyfried (All My Children).

After Regina finds out that Cady “likes” her ex-boyfriend she sets about getting him back even though she dumped him, just to spite Cady. After Regina is successful in wooing the weak boy back in front of Cady’s face, the latter promises revenge, and for the rest of the movie we are treated to dirty trick after dirty trick as the two spar, and Cady turns from nice girl into a Plastic cold, nasty b*tch.

Commentary

I have to admit Mean Girls was more than mildly entertaining to watch. For those uninitiated in the world of suburban high school girl drama (raising my hand), Mean Girls will be slightly jarring. I thought high school was a place one went to learn; silly boy, high school is but a social club where very little formal learning takes place, and lessons in real life take place at a frightful pace, and with sometime damning consequences. This is a course I had already learned somewhat from my seventeen year old daughter, but it’s nice to get the condensed version.

Each of the actresses plays their part convincingly well; Lindsay Lohan really can act if she puts her mind to it. And it looks at though each had fun with their respective parts. Screen writer and Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey gave her herself a part in the movie as a teacher of all things, and she did a remarkably good job; who knew she could do something more then read the quasi-news?

Like I stated at the outset there is nothing new within the fold of Mean Girls, nothing we have not seen a million and one time before, but despite this, it’s still of the better teen themed movies to come out of Hollywood in a great while; can you say Breakfast Club? There are moments of, dare I say brilliance, fused with humor sprinkled throughout the film and Lohan’s understated acting style is appealing, and in Mean Girls is she all blossoming woman and innocent beauty. My, my have times changed!

Got a free Friday night coming up (I don’t now that Sci-Fi Friday is back), go rent Mean Girls, pop some popcorn, grab a bag of M&M’s, a can of Cherry Coke, settle in and prepared to be entertained.


Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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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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