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Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Amy Poehler. A 15-year-old girl who's been homeschooled by her zoologist parents gets a lesson in survival of the fittest" when she attends a public school for the first time-and must contend with the unwritten rules of engagement with her new friends and enemies. Written by Saturday Night Live 's Tina Fey. 2004/color/97 min/PG-13/widescreen.
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MEAN GIRLS is something like a teenage girl's reflection on Nietzsche's warning about tangling with monsters. Or, in this case, tangling with what are known at a high school as the "plastics"; fake girls who love to spread gossip, back-stab, judge people & freak-out if they've gained 2 ounces since the last time they stepped on the scale.
Lindsay Lohan portrays a girl (Cady) who has been homeschooled by her parents all her life. Moreover, Cady has spent her entire life up until HS in Africa, so she is bereft of how social interaction works with persons her own age.
A young Rachel McAdams plays Regina, the girl in HS whom we all loved to hate. Regina is prissy, snobbish, arrogant, manipulative and narcissistic. Regina is actually a very atypical character for McAdams, but she pulls it off nicely. There's a reason she is one of my favorite actresses!
Long before her wonderful caricatures of goofballs like Sarah Palin, Tina Fey was already demonstrating her comic genius in projects such as this & SNL. She is both beautiful & funny without trying hard to be either. In addition to acting in the film, she also wrote it as well.
After watching the DVD, I found myself saddened by all of the recent legal & personal turmoil that LiLo has found herself in. Granted, she must ultimately take responsibility for her own actions, but her attention mongering parents & the people who continually give her bad advice are not exactly an asset.
The thing is, Lindsay has (had?) a natural on-screen charm that is impossible to miss. Whether she will ever truly make the transition from child star to grown-up star (adult film star brings to mind porn, so I'm hesitant to use that phrase) remains to be seen. In either case, however, she actually is a talented thespian.
If you're longing for a nostalgic look back at all of the superficial cliques of girls in HS, then look no further than this movie. It encapsulates all of the phony silliness of "plastic" girls in every HS. And, if you want to read some Nietzsche before viewing the present flick, all the better!