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Cady Heron (Lindsey Lohan) spent most of her childhood in Africa, where she was homeschooled. She is now sixteen, back in the states, and going to a real school for the first time. She doesn‘t know what to expect, and feels like an outsider right away. The only person she feels comfortable with is her math teacher (Tina Fey), but only because she’s great at math and is used to being around adults. But then she meets Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese), two misfits who are fun and kind-hearted. Janis convinces Cady to hang out with “The Plastics,” three girls so beautiful — and so unapproachable — that Cady can’t believe that they’d invited her to their lunch table. They intrigue Cady, especially Regina George (Rachel McAdams), the group’s leader. Janis says Regina is evil, a "life ruiner," but she seems nice and Cady likes her — right until the moment Regina backstabs her. Now Cady, Janis and Damian plot a devious plan to destroy Regina, and what better way to do it than to isolate her from the other Plastics?
MEAN GIRLS is iconic. This is one of the funniest, most quotable films out there, and I always reach out for it whenever I want to watch something light and fun. Does it bother me that I’m an adult woman who loves this teen movie? Nope. MEAN GIRLS, like John Hughes films, is a cult classic, and most of the actors weren’t teenagers when it was filmed. (Fun fact: Rachel McAdams was twenty-seven years old when she played sixteen-year-old Regina.) This movie is an adaption of a YA novel, and Tina Fey created the screenplay. I love everything about the plot, the actors, and the overall quirkiness. I love Lacey Chabert as Gretchen (“So fetch!”) and Amanda Seyfried as Karen, the group’s airhead (she can predict the weather as it’s happening, because she has ESPN! LOL). There’s also some serious SNL alumni in the cast. Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, and Tina Fey herself. Can’t get any better than that!
The movie also touches on Histrionic Personality Disorder. Is this deliberate? Doubtful, but it is there nevertheless. Regina George is the one with HPD. She’s melodramatic, craves constant attention, creates chaos wherever she goes, wears skimpy look-at-me outfits, and triangulates her friends. She triangulates her ex-boyfriend (Jonathan Bennett) with Cady by dating him again, because she knows Cady likes him (and he likes her). She also does an epic smear campaign on Cady after Cady outmaneuvers her, enjoying every moment of the drama. This behavior is not uncommon among teens. It saddens me when I see adults behaving the same way. People with Histrionic Personality Disorder and other Cluster B personalities have arrested development — they don't develop the part of the brain that gives them maturity, empathy and the ability to self-reflect. The movie’s theme centers on girl-on-girl crime, when females turn on each other over dumb and superficial things, but it’s also about the trail of destruction that Cluster B people leave in their wake. The latter is accidental, and I’m only observing this because I am researching the subject, but it’s still fascinating character study. There's still hope for Regina, too bad I can't say the same about the adults with this disorder. This deep character study doesn’t take away from the fact that this movie is amazing and fun to watch — one of my personal favorites. I give it five solid Extra Coconut Cold Brew Coffees (Mini’s Special!).
Celebrating 15 years of Mean Girls is "so fetch" I highly recommend this Blu Ray, the cover is pink and beautiful. The main menu looks nice and easy to use. It has special features with commentary, interviews, bloopers and deleted scenes. You won't be disappointed especially bc the price was just right. The only downside is that it doesn't come with a digital code, that would of been real nice for 15 years of Mean Girls, other than that this Blu Ray is perfect.
Mark Waters’ teen comedy Mean Girls (2004) excels in its ridiculous parody of high school dynamics, while cleverly satirizing the entire clique system kids fall into by high school. Waters takes the early 2000’s aesthetic, alternative rock, and Rolfe Kent’s energetic score and brings high school to life for Mean Girls. The sequence where all the girls are fighting in impressively shot and conceived. Many silly bits are turned into comedy gold due to Waters’ creative visual choices. Daryn Okada’s cinematography is sleek and playful with shots of girls reacting to insults aplenty. Wendy Green Brickmont’s editing is fast paced and works magic to make Mean Girl’s brief 97 minutes go by in a mesmerizing moment.
Thanks to Tina Fey’s witty, wise, and best script, Mean Girls shines as an inspiring and uplifting example of the benefits of real friendship and being kind. Fey takes on the popular girls’ mean displays of anger and hatred with a fun loving and ultimately inclusive message of loving yourself and befriending your enemies. Fey positively spins Carrie, Heathers, and Election for a refreshingly fetch film! After revisiting Mean Girls for Mean Girls Day on October 3rd, I realize Mean Girls is as biting as any social commentary movie on teen behavior. At the very least, Mean Girls is endlessly quotable. God bless Tina Fey!
You cannot talk about Mean Girls without mentioning the leading lady Lindsay Lohan. Back when Mean Girls released, she was the most popular teen actress, whom everyone loved. She was pretty, funny, cool, and talented. It’s a shame she crashed and burned like so many child stars, but Lohan is sublime in Mean Girls. Lohan is charming, likable, and beautiful as Cady Heron. She fits the doe eyed new girl look with a charismatic personality that makes her awkward girl bit work. Lohan kills it as a fake Plastic popular girl, while also nailing the likable leading actress role and romantic parts too. I wish Lindsay Lohan made more great films like Mean Girls.
Rachel McAdams is ethereal and cruel as the devious Regina George. While a simple role on the surface, McAdams portrays the two-faced villainess as genuinely friendly, so that you are always shocked by her mean intentions. Rachel McAdams could have gotten an Oscar for depicting such a realistic girl bully with such a vitriolic candor and pleasing humor. She’s my favorite performance in Mean Girls for her radiant face of pure teen evil. McAdams is also completely gorgeous as Regina and it’s amazing that she acted in The Notebook the same year as Mean Girls. What a career she’s got. Regina George remains one of cinema’s best antagonists for her casual mean spirited remarks and effortless vanity.
As for the other supporting ladies, Lacey Chabert is perfect as the desperate and hopeless popular girl Gretchen Wieners. She aptly represents the fake girls that just follow what the most popular girls believe without her own opinion. Her scenes with Gretchen’s feelings being hurt are the best as you see a real girl in there behind her sycophantic facade. Amanda Seyfried is hilarious in her acting debut as the dumb blonde Karen Smith. She is so funny with her aloof persona and self-aware stupidity. I adore Seyfried here for running with the joke with a good sense of humor. She’s all the more likable and endearing for it. What perfect casting! Lizzy Caplan is a darling Goth girl named Janice Ian and the emotional core to all the meanness in Mean Girls. Her fight with Lindsay Lohan is intense and she’s so honest and carefree as a wonderfully sarcastic antisocial heroine. Caplan is remarkable in Mean Girls.
Tina Fey is funny and intelligent as Ms. Norbury. You feel bad for her newly divorced math teacher, but she’s the most inspiring aspect of Mean Girls when she gives her motivational and inclusive speech to help all the teenage girls relate to each other. Daniel Franzese is superb as the openly gay Damian. He gets several fabulous lines. Tim Meadows is just too funny with his disdainful deadpan delivery as the principal Mr. Duvall. Amy Poehler is divine as the free spirited mother to Regina: Mrs. George. Ana Gasteyer and Neil Flynn are really funny as Cady’s supportive parents. Lastly, Jonathan Bennett is pretty entertaining and affable as Aaron Samuels. Overall, Mean Girls’ splendid cast elevate an already hilarious comedy into an unforgettable one!
Mean Girls is worth watching again if you wrote it off as a basic teen comedy as it is so much more!
I’m excited that I finally have this movie, I’ve been looking for it for a while but it was always SO expensive for a Blu-ray. I was also super excited to be getting a pink anniversary edition, but my copy is only like half(?) the special edition? Like the artwork is the anniversary edition with the quotes, but it’s the normal blue Blu-ray :( Not the end of the world, but it would have been super cool to have a pink Blu-ray. Buyer beware that you might not get exactly what the picture shows! Anyway, one of my favorite movies of all time!
For starters, I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom so I can weigh in on this review. When I think of how awesome this movie is, the limit does not exist. I think we can all relate to this movie because we have all been personally victimized by our own Regina George. We can all laugh about being Grool and the great debate about butter being a carb.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2019
If you love Mean Girls and like me only had the DVD from over a decade ago, this is a much needed upgrade! To be honest though, this is all about the extras, hence the relatively low price compared to other special editions. The extras make it ad the actual burn book case is cool. BUT if you're a fan and don't need an upgrade to bluray, save this for a rainy day.
5.0 out of 5 starsFive gold stars for the gorgeous presentation box alone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2019
Never really cared for Li Lo but Rachel McAdams is ALWAYS awesome. And whilst no where near as good as Easy A, there’s enough here to warrant a watch, or two. The main reason for this upgrade is the sheer wealth of extras. Obviously A LOT of thought has gone into the reproduction of this blu ray release. Plus you get the dvd, too. The way the discs are stored is, however, not ideal. Just your basic card holders. But the burn book case is delightful. Best part? I got this release for a lower price thanks to that white Thursday con. Blu ray runs for 97 minutes approx whilst the dvd is 93 minutes approx.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2020
Well worth the upgrade to both Blu-ray and the deluxe edition which is chock full of goodies including the script which is fun to read along with. Transfer looks amazing and everything is quality materials, hard glossy cardboard. I would say the disc holder isn't great but thats if Im nit picking. Other than that its the Ultimate cut of the movies, even if it ever gets a 4K cut it will be hard to imagine passing up all these extra goodies of you are a true Mean Girl fan.
5.0 out of 5 starsShould be required viewing for all girls (and their teachers!)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 3, 2013
This is a fantastic film and in my opinion should be required viewing for all girls from aged 12 and upwards. It wouldn't be a bad idea if all teachers watched it too! Focusing on the story of a new girl who arrives at a high school and her relationship with a group of popular students, it highlights exactly how certain girls can dominate a year group in a school and appear popular and successful whilst in reality being horrible bullies. However it doesn't do this in a "worthy" way, it does it in such a way that it is highly entertaining for adults and teens alike. I showed this film to my daughter to teach her that with girls like this there is no point changing yourself- they will always find something to bully you about. She took that message away from it, but at the same time she loved the film and has asked to watch it several more times. Lindsay Lohan is great in it- surprising how much talent she actually has.
5.0 out of 5 starsand I feel like I'm a part of North Shore High
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2018
Tina Fey's scripting CANNOT be faulted! A hilarious film. The acting is so convincing, and I feel like I'm a part of North Shore High. Basically, sixteen year-old Cady moves from Africa with her parents to attend school for the first time, where she meets some true friends. One day she is invited to sit with the Plastics, the most popular trio in the school, and is catapulted into Girl-World, where the drama only escalates and friendship doesn't get meaner...
A must see for all (I'd even encourage the most macho of males to give it a whirl).