“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Director: Mark Waters (VIII) / Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams ... / DVD released 21 September, 2004 at Paramount / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC „
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Film Only Review - Contains spoilers!
Mean Girls is one of my absolute favourite films. It's one that I love to watch when I am having a lazy day or a night in by myself when all I want to do is lounge about eating chocolates and its a great chick flick to watch with the girls.
Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady. Cady has never been to a normal school before as all her life she has been home schooled in Africa as her parents are zoologists. When she moves to an American high school she becomes friends with Janis and Damian. However when 'The Plastics' start to take an interest in her Janis see's this as the perfect opportunity to sabotage 'The Plastics'.
'The Plastics' consist of Regina (Rachel McAdams), Karen (Amanda Seyfried) and Gretchen (Lacey Chabert). They are the popular girls in school. Lead by Regina everyone does what they say and every one wants to be their friend. Being invited into their 'click' Cady initially does what she sets out to do and that is to cause havoc with them but when she inadvertently starts actually becoming a 'plastic' she begins to lose her friends. When she's eventually exposed by Janis she loses Regina and somehow becomes the Queen bee.
I really like this film as I think it is funny but quite light hearted. Although some parts of girl world are exaggerated in the film I think its quite easy to relate to and understand how the characters are feeling.
Lindsay Lohan portrays Cady really well and is believable as the girl who just wants to fit in but is gorgeous all the same.
Karen and Gretchen are great supporting roles in 'The Plastics' and obey every thing that Regina says. They compliment each other so well and are so funny in parts.
My favourite character even though she is the bitch in the film is definitely Regina. Despite wanting to hate her she is fabulous and Rachel McAdams is perfect in this role. I love how versatile she is as an actress, if you watch her in other films such as Sherlock Holmes she is so different.
If you have never seen Mean Girls, where have you been?! It is definitely one of the films that I recommend watching as is one that I can watch over and over again and not get bored. I would give this 5 stars.
For a teen movie this is actually a brilliant, intelligent and well written film with brilliant performances from a fairly (at the time) unknown cast. This film spring boarded the careers of Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfriend but suprisingly not Lohan.
Mean Girls was written by the fabulous Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live) which guarantees laugh out loud comedy. It tells the story of Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) a home schooled student about to step foot into the life of an American High School. She must deal with the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, the cool kids and the PLASTICS, the most popular kids in school, led by Queen Bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams).
Cady finds herself torn between her true friends who are social outcasts and her popular friends who don't much like her but can help her popularity. She starts to change to impress her new friends and becomes a really mean girl, losing everything about herself that made her popular in the first place. But is the real Cady lost forever, and will her friends ever forgive her?
I love the fact that Tina Fey compares the high school lunch room to the jungle that Cady grew up in.
This is a refreshing remake of Clueless, so any fans of that film will enjoy this, but with better characters and a better cast. It is as superficial and shallow as Clueless, but is more mature and has far more wit and charm. It really sums up the trials that all kids face at high school, and the struggle to fit in, making it very believable.
I have watched this a few times now and it hasn't got old yet.
It is such a shame that Lohan has gone off the rails because she truly has a talent for this genre of movie.
Mean Girls is one of my all time favourite films. I watched it for the first time at university when my housemates wanted to watch it, and I have to admit I wasn't sure. I'm not a big fan of American High School style movies, but the other girls wanted to watch it so I gave it a go - and I've never looked back!
The plot focuses around Cady Heron (Lindsey Lohan), a teenager who has lived in Africa with her parents her whole life and has been home schooled. The family moves back to America and Cady attends a mainstream school for the first time. She makes two good friends on the first day, both of whom are kind of alternative and not part of the popular crew. However, Cady soon catches the eye of the most popular girl in school, Regina (Rachael McAdams), and her fellow 'plastics' Gretchen (Lacey Shabert) and Karen (Amanda Seyfried). She starts hanging out with them, but tempers flare when Cady develops a crush on Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron. What follows is Cady's attempts to win Aaron from Regina, bring Regina down and lots and lots of backstabbing and meanness among the characters.
This film is obviously in the extreme, but I think a lot of us will be reminded of the complex relationships we had with our friends and the opposite sex at school at school! It certainly reminded me of some of the complex relationships I had with my girlfriends at school, and the way that unfortunately with teenagers most things can be a competition.
The best thing for me about this film is that it is constantly funny and never cheesy. The humour is genuinely laugh out loud funny and I could quote the lines all day long. The characters are well written and not one dimensional, whilst you root for the main character Cady she has her flaws and you see the bad side to her as well.
This film was written by Tina Fey and she stars as one of the teachers, I find her very funny and I really need to get around to watching 30 Rock. This isn't the kind of film my partner would usually watch, but even he will admit that it's pretty good. For me, this film is always a funny reminder of where some great actresses came from. Rachael McAdams has gone on to do some great roles in her career, as has Amanda Seyfried. I love to think that they came from this funny, quirky little film.
I do worry sometimes that Mean Girls perpetuates the stereotypical opinion that all girls are mean to each other and are nasty and backstabbing. Whilst me and my friends had our moments at school we were friends and loved and looked out for each other. However, on the positive side this is a female driven film with lots of strong characters and great acting, which is certainly refreshing (see the Bechdel test!) For me, this is one of life's guilty pleasures and I could watch this film over and over and still laugh out loud every time - and I do! If I ever need a pick me up my DVD goes on and I have some escapism for a while. This film definitely gets 5 stars from me for how funny it is.
There cannot be a single person who was born in the 90's who has not watched 'Mean Girls', probably the best teen-movie of all time. It was released back in 2004 and features Hollywood party/bad girl Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Seyfried; best known in 'Mama Mia' or Justin Timberlake's film 'In Time'.
The movie concentrates on Cady (Lindsay Lohan), who is a new student and was home schooled in Africa. She has to then settle down to her first "regular" school. When Cady first goes to high school, she makes friends with two people, Janis and Damien who are "social rejects" and together they plan to sabotage "the plastics" who are the three popular girls in school. Janis then persuades Cady to help ruin Regina's life (the Queen Bee of the popular girls), and together they meet and cross off a chalk board of what they planned on doing to her such as "ruining her hot body", "turning the army of skanks against her" and ruining her chances with her boyfriend Aaron Samuels. But soon Cady gets more than she bargained for and soon becomes the next Queen Bee. But after falling out with Janis and Damien, Cady fastly becomes unhappy and things must change...
Personally, I find 'Mean Girls' hilarious and features some of the most memorable, funny quotes ever in it. The plot itself as I have explained sounds so boring compared to how funny this movie is. It is definitely a must watch!
Also, Lindsay Lohan is fantastic in the movie, she is also very good at playing the bi*ch in the movie. Back in her heyday, she was undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, Amanda Seyfried is also brilliant playing the stereotypical dumb blonde; made famous by the lovely Paris Hilton.
I think this movie is most appealing to a teenage audience as it is very teenage tongue-in-cheek. But I would recommend this movie to most people including a very older audience. It's a very light fun comedy.
First off I'll start by saying I'm a complete sucker for cliché highschool movies. So you can easily guess I love and have watched movies like Sleepover, She's the Man and What a Girl Wants. I know they aren't all cliché but I just put them in for a purpose of an example.
Anyway this review isn't about them it's about Mean Girls.
Raised in the African bush country by her xoologist parent, Cady thinks she knows all about "survival of the fittest".
Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
I'm going to be honest and say this movie is a typical highschool movie with the populars that rule the school and one girl that's different and then the hot guy falls for the normal girl. Yada yada yada. The movie is filled heaped full with cliché but that doesn't make it bad. Sometimes a movie needs a good ol cliché.
I have watched this movie numberous times and have not gotten sick of it yet. It's funny as well and I just love the burn book. ( oops was that a spoiler) Don't worry it wasn't.
I fully reccomend this movie. It leans a bit more towards the teenagers but adults will like it too. I'm not so sure about guys though. You've be warned.
Making the movie!
Mean girls was made in America in 2004. The star of the movie is Lindsey Lohan and other co-stars include Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Lizzy Caplan. It was directed by Mark Waters and the screenplay was written by comedian Tina Fey (who also stars as a teacher). The movie is based on non fiction book "Queen Bees & Wannabes". The movie smashed the box office and grossed $129,042,871 worldwide.
Lindsey Lohan stars as a girl named Cady - she is 16 years old and previous to moving to America she lived in South Africa with her Zoologist parents - where she was home-schooled... She has no idea of the craziness that lies ahead when she joins North Shore High School!
She meets her first two friends Janis & Damien where she starts to learn about the different people and cliques in high schools.
One of the groups "The Plastics" then meet Cady one day in the school canteen and take a shine to her. The plastics consist of three girls who are considered the meanest girls in the school.
* Regina George - The "Queen Bee"... The leader and the meanest out of the three.
* Gretchen Wieners - Clingy, Insecure rich girl...
* Karen Smith - Stupid but sweet
One of Kady's original friends, Janis, hates Regina with a passion since she ruined her reputation by making up a rumour that she is a lesbian - they were once friends. Janis and Damien talk Cady into a plan to help ruin the plastics... Cady then plots to ruin the plastics and make them hate each other... but is she turning into a mean girl herself? Will her true friends end up hating her? Watch it to find out!
This film has to be in my top 10 - every girl must watch this... although it is a comedy chick flick I have also known guys to love this when watching it! Its hilarious... many funny one liners... great acting... this movie made Lindsey Lohan!
My Favourite quotes :-D
Janis: This is Damien. He is almost too gay to function.
Gretchen: That is so fetch!
Karen: If you're from Africa then why are you white?
"Hey Janis I love your hair whats it made from?!" Janis: Your Mom's chest hair!
Teacher: Dont have sex. You will get Chlamedia and you will die!
Random Girl: People think I lie about be a virgin because I use super jumbo tampons, but its not my fault I have a heavy flow and a wide set vagina!
Janis: I have a big fat lesbian crush on you. SO SUCK ON THAT!
Karen: My breasts can tell when its going to rain.
Random Guy: Is your muffin buttered? Would you like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?
Damien: My grandma takes her wig off when shes drunk
Janis: You smell like a baby prostitute
Damien: I want my pink shirt back!
Gretchen: I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me, but I can't help it that I'm so popular.
Principle: Hell No! I did not leave the south side for this!
Regina: DO NOT TRUST THIS GIRL SHE IS A F'UGLY SLUT!
Random Girl: I saw Cady Harran wearing army pants and flip-flops... so I bought army pants and flip-flops
Random Fat Girl: I wish we could bake a cake made out of butterflies and rainbows and we could all eat and be happy
Boy 1:" I'm voting for Regina cuz she got hit by a bus..." Boy 2: "I'm voting for Cady cuz she pushed her."
Regina's Mom: Can I get you guys anything? Some snacks? A condom? Let me know! Oh, God love ya
Regina: You know what everyone says about you behind your back? That you're a homeschooled jungle freak who's a less hot version of me
Random Girl: I Made out with a hot dog?! OMG that was one time!
Karen: I put can my full fist in my mouth... Wanna see?
Mean Girls was released in 2004 and is now available on DVD & Blue Ray. YOU MUST WATCH THIS! ITS AWESOME!
This is a film that I have been meaning to watch for a while, but it is the sort of cheesy thing that my hubbie would not want to see, so when it was on the television one night when he was working, I thought I would see what it was like.
The story is very cheesy I have to say, in the way most of these American films set in high schools are. There are quite a few stereotypes. However, I didn't go into it expecting anything else. I was looking at sitting on my bum for a couple of hours with a bit of escapism. I found that this more than met my expectations.
The film stars Lindsay Lohan, most famous for being the former child star come addict and now more famous for falling round intoxicated and her sex life. In this, she is portraying a sweet and innocent 16 year old, Cady Heron, a role that she plays easily.
Cady has been home schooled her whole life by her parents, while living in Africa. Her first day of school occurs when she is 16, and is a baptism of fire as she meets all the cliques that occur in an American high school.
She is taken under the wing of the school outcasts, Janis and Damien, who quickly fill her in on all the people to avoid. This doesn't work well when the popular girls, know as 'The Plastics' also take an interest in her.
Janis and Damien persuade naïve Cady to tag along with The Plastics in an attempt to get the gossip on them. This starts to go wrong when Cady has a crush on the boyfriend of the head plastic, Regina, and she forgets who she really is.
I won't say any more about the plot, as there really is not a lot to it and I would hate to spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it. It is from 2004, so that is unlikely that anyone is less behind than me, but I will let you see for yourself.
Yes, this is really predictable, but it was a bit funnier than I expected, the acting was also better than I expected, and there are a number of really famous people who have gone on to much better roles.
Rachel McAdams - head mean girl, went on to be in 'the notebook', and 'The Timetraveller's Wife.'
Lacey Nicole Chabert played Gretchen Wiener, and is big in voice acting in animated roles, such as 'The wild Thornberry,' 'The Lion King 2:Simba's Pride' and 'An American Tail.'
Amanda Seyfried played the very ditzy Karen Smith, yet went on to wow Box offices in 'Mamma Mia', and 'Dear John.'
There is nothing that 'wowed' me in this film, but it was a solid performance from all the cast, and it kept me entertained for the 97 minutes run time. I'd watch it again if it was on telly and I had nothing better to do, but I wouldn't plan my life round watching it again.
I think this is more aimed at the female audience. There was nothing that appealing to it in my mind for the male viewer apart from the attractive females in the cast. It has a rating of 12. I feel this is suitable. While no real nudity, sex or anything too bad for a young audience, there is a lot of stuff there that I would not like to explain like lesbianism, students having affairs with teachers, fad diets. It is not something I would like my young child to watch.
Mean Girls is the ultimate sleepover movie, seriously!
Whenever my friends and I get together for a girly night in, we grab some ice-cream, some popcorn and put on this DVD. I've seen it over and over again, yet I still love it.
Mean Girls is such an amazing movie because it's a real depiction of the teenage years. As a teenager, you're defined by your clique, friends and the company you keep, and this film is just a true illustration of how school life is, or how mine was at least.
I love Mean Girls because it takes those stressful teenage years and just adds plain humour. Personally, i think Lindsay Lohans acting is great in this film. She plays the main character, Cady Heron, and she really makes the character her own. Despite all the bad publicity she's recieved recently, i'm still a huge fan, and think she's an inspiration. The plastic, Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams is also an excellent character.
Mean Girls also has Lacey Chabert who plays a mean girl Gretchen, Amanda Seyfried as the other mean girl Karen, Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian, Daniel Franzese as Damien, Jonathan Bennet as Aaron Samuels, Tim Meadows as Principal Duval and finally, Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury.
The film begins with an introduction to Cady. Recently returned to America from Africa, she is going to high school for the very first time and leaving her homeschooled days behind. In school, she becomes friends with Janice, with a wig made of her 'mums chest hair' and Damien who is 'too gay to function'. Cady becomes friends with this mischevious duo, and after being invited to hang-out with the Plastics, they decide to sabotage the Plastics. They swap footcream for facecream, ruin relationships, give out weight gaining bars and the list goes on. However, Cady, confused and insecure in her new enviorment, becomes a little too Plastic, and becomes the mean girl that she once disliked. The story line is easy to understand and keep up with and is really a feel good movie.
''..and i wish i could bake a cake out of rainbows and smiles and we could all be happy''
''she doesn't even go here!''
The movie is packed with drama, humour and great acting. It's a film that is perfect for a girly night or even to watch yourself. It's guarenteed to have you chuckling and leaving you feeling good at the end. It's unpredicatable and dramatic, you'll love it!
I honestly love this film so much, i could watch it over and over, and never get bored. I really do recommend this film for anyone who loves a light-hearted and fun movie!
Thanks for reading!
Film Only Review:
Cady Heron (Lindsey Lohan) has sent most of her life in Africa being home schooled and at aged 16 her mother (her parents are Zoologists) takes a well paid job at a university in Illinois which means for the first time Cady will be going to school.
She meets up with the only two kids in school willing to really talk to her, Janice and Damion who really have it in for the 'plastics'.
The plastics Regina George (Rachael McAdams) Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert) and Karen Smith (Amanda Seinfield) are the school princesses rich and pretty girls who are rather two faced and bitchy to others and they show an interest in being friends with Cady and Janice and Damien push Cady into being friends with them to get the gossip and latest news from them and Cady wanting to please everybody does so and passes information back to Janice and Damien whilst getting the low down on the girls but doesn't realise that she is becoming a bit like them and that she is changing.
However Janice inparticular wants to destroy Regina who she hates due to a rumour put around by her when they were younger and Cady, well she agrees to it.
There is a pink book called the burn book with photographs and comments in it by the plastics and Cady finds herself writing nasty comments in the book about other students and her teachers which seems a bit silly when she goes along with the sabotage of the group with her friend Janice cos what would happen if the book ever became public knowledge and does she mean her comments?
This is actually a very good film. It is meant to be a comedy though I have to admit it doesn't make me laugh at all! Lindsay Lohen is great at playing the slightly gullible and wanting to please everyone Cady. Her love interest Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) who is Regina's ex boyfriend is nice to look at and all round the acting in this is great and the characters were really believable.
I think that a lot of us who actually went to school will relate to the cliques that are about and about peer pressure and the likes and this to me although really a teenage film is one most of us can relate to and understand. A good watch!
97 minutes running time.
Mean girls in my personal opinion is the DVD markets largest rival as although this DVD is quite ''out of date'' now, it will never get old. A classic! A lovely movie to watch on a girls night in or pretty much any day you fancy, possibbly with your siblings etc. However, not a film to watch with children under the age of 15 due to the rude and sexual content included within this movie, it's a great movie that not only me but many of my peers have also stated as it will never get too boring to watch more than twice which tends to occur in alternative movies, allowing it to outstand from its rivals and be one of a kind as i think i have watched this movie about 15 times, memorised the wording and till this present day, never get bored of it. This movie is an american based movie for those of you who don't know, foucsing on many real life drama's that occur within schooling and is one of the greatest movies allowing you to gain highly mixed emotions of happiness and tears due to the way in which the stories included touch your heart. A young and very well known actress ''Lindsday Lohan'' transforms herself from being a nobody to the most popular girl in town, However, she turns her back on her home school norms and becomes the schools very well known slut. The movie also contains a variety of differential comedy and thus allows us to stay tuned and entertained while watching the entire movie, aswell as the above, the music included within the movie is very well related to the storylines and therefore also affects our emotions. In addition to this, a christmas scene also takes place within the movie including the theme song of ''jingle bell rock'' being included and is therefore a great christmas present, however i believe that this is aimed at young teenage girls who can relate to the movie or young mothers, yet, although some boys may also find this movie entertaining, i believe that the target market is aimed at teenage girls in particular and therefore may be highly suited to this age range as young teenage girls can relate to this with their own life situations. Addiionally, the movie is highly entertaining due to the consistent ambiguous features included with great unexpected outcomes and therefore highly advise you to purchase this movie, being available from an enormous bargain of only £3.95. Could also possibbly be borrowed from a local library or just borrowed from a DVD store.
Girls and boys alike will find this film funny and quotable.
Girls will find the stupidity and bitchiness hilarious whereas the boys will find the hotness and dumbness of the girls attractive.
When Cady (Lindsey Lohan) a previously homeschooled girl gets moved from Africa to an American high school she realises that city life also is one big jungle. She gets involved in a plan to destroy the Plastics, a group of 3 equally popular and feared girls in the school. During the take down, Lindsey realises that to destroy them is to divide and conquer and ultimately become one.
This film is the first film since Breakfast Club in my honest opinion that really portrays the grouping of cliques and how they interact and fear eachother. Its not a romantic comedy either like 10 Things I Hate About You which is refreshing particular for the male viewers. Its a light hearted very silly film that will make everyone laugh and also make people relate to who they were when they were in high school.
This is one of my favourite movies which I remember from my teenage years, it was released in 2004 and it is a classic chick flick movie night in with the girls type DVD.
It is all about a girl who had a very grounded upbringing being home schooled in Africa, then her and her family moved back to America in time for her to enter classic American high school. It captures very well the girly bitchiness which is found in pretty much any high school, and the cliques and social hierarchy which is created by teenagers at high schools. You are taken though the classic cliques, the popular kids, smart kids, outcasts etc. and you see the transformation of Cady (the main character) from innocent, loving girl who would accept anyone, to someone who is invited into the 'popular' group of self obsessed judgemental rich girls and who begins to act the same as her new friends.
We then see a competion between Cady and the 'queen bee'- leader of the popular group, which throws the whole school into mayhem, and eventually makes them realise how stupid the 'high school hierarchy' really is.
I think that it is a good film for most ages, though some of it may be inappropriate for very young watchers.
(This is a film only review)
Cady (Lindsey Lohan) is a new student in an American high school, she used to be home schooled and lived in Africa, but now she has to settle down in a new life, and a new school. When Cady first gets to the high school, she makes friends with two people Janis and Damien, who you could say were the 'social outcasts' of high school. But one lunch she gets invited to sit with the most 'popular' girls of the school, the plastics. Who consist of Regina George (Rachel Mcadams), Karen (Amanda Seyfried), and Gretchen (Lacey Chabert). When Janis finds out Cady is friends with Regina, she convinces Cady to ruin Regina's life, but soon Cady seems to be taking Regina's place, and she seems to be the new queen bitch!
Mean girls, is a very funny film, with some very memorable quotes in it. Nearly all my friends could list so many quotes from the film, and all most everyone would know where them quotes have came from, that is a big achievement for a movie, isn't it? So the plot may sound a bit boring to you, but I found this film entertaining, and brilliant to watch.
Lindsey Lohan is brilliant in this film, It is one of the best films she has done. She is very good at portraying both sides of Cady, the sweet innocent Cady at the start, and then the new plastic bitch Cady at the end. I also thing that Rachel Mcadams is also very good too. She is very good at being a bitch in the film, and playing the backstabbing fake girl, that everyone wants to be. She also looks like the typical popular girl, as she has the long blonde hair, and the perfect skin and white teeth, who wouldn't want to look like that? They are both extremely talented actresses, who go perfect together in this film.
Mean Girls is one of those films, that most teenage girls like me, know and love. It is the kind of film where you just want to have a lazy day, grab your duvet and sit on the sofa with a hot chocolate and just watch the film. It is very easy to understand the film, and you don't have to think about what's going on, you just know what's going on without having to think about it.
I have watched Mean Girls probably about 7 times since it was released in 2004, and I can honestly say that I have never got bored of it. I practically know every line and I still don't get bored of it, now you can't say that for a lot of films. And even though it is like 7 years old, people still love it, and it is still popular, it was actually on channel 4 the other day! I would also like to say that I love the soundtrack to this film, its really catchy!
Mean Girls shows the 'typical' high school, and the different kind of groups you get in it, such as the 'plastics', the 'Jocks', and the 'Nerds'. (There are many more shown in the film) Mean Girls never fails to make me laugh, and whenever I'm in a bad mood and just want to relax with a good film, it defiantly cheers me up. I would recommend this film, especially to teenage girls!
Just a few Quotes from the film ;) :
Karen: If you're from Africa, why are you white?
Gretchen: Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white.
Gretchen: I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me, but I can't help it that I'm popular.
Janis: That one there, that's Karen Smith. She is one of the dumbest girls you will ever meet. Damien sat next to her in English last year.
Damian: She asked me how to spell orange.
Thanks for reading my review! (:
Mean Girls is a 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Mean Girls is about female friendships, and how girls are the own worst enemies. The writer Tina Fey (who also appeared in the film) was inspired by Queens Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, which was a non-fiction book about teenage girl's behaviours and social groups in high school. The female friendship can be complex and and fickle - especially if one girl has something that other girls want e.g the best-looking boy in school. Boys are a common reason why female friendships end. Every girl remembers the most popular girls at their school, and how they could often turn against each other in an instant.
Cady Heron - Lindsay Lohan
Regina George - Rachel McAdams
Gretchen Weiners - Lacey Chabert
Karen Smith - Amanda Seyfield
Ms Sharon Norbury - Tina Fey
Principal Ron Duvall - Tim Meadows
Aaron Samuels - Johnathan Bennett
Janis Ian - Lizzy Caplan
Amy Poehler - Ms George
Cady (who grew up in Africa) has to adjust to attending an American public high school after being home-schooled. She struggles to fit in and becomes friends wih social outcasts Janis and Damien. She becomes intrigued by the most popular girls at school 'The Plastics' - Regina (the 'Queen Bee'), Gretchen and Karen, and when they invite her to sit with them at lunch she starts to form a friendship with them. Cady begins to change the way she looks and acts to fit in with and unintentionally becomes one of 'The Plastics'. Cady is intimidated by Regina (as the rest of the girls in school are) and is envious of everything she has. Regina is the girl that every girl wants to be and when she has what Cady wants the most, Cady sets on destroying Regina's reputation.
Commentary by Director Mark Waters, Screenplay Writer and Actress Tina Fey, and Producer Lorne Michaels.
3 Featurettes - Only the Strong Survive, The Politics of Girl World and Plastic Fashion.
So Fetch - Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Mark Waters and Screenplay Writer Tina Fey
Widescreen Version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
93 mins approx
American high school films tend to have many different social groups, and Mean Girls is no exception. Mean Girls is about friendship, loyalty, lies, deceit and keeping your friends close and your enemies even closer. Mean Girls did bring back memories of school of how the most popular girls would compete against each other, and dress the same whilst hating each other and being two-faced at the same time.
Mean Girls was filmed during one of the better times in Lindsay Lohan's life, before she went off the rails. I haven't seen every film that Lindsay Lohan's been in, but would say it was one of her best. Rachel McAdams easily passes for a teenager even though sh around twenty-six years old when Mean Girls was filmed. There is a seven year age gap between Racehel McAdams and Amy Poehler who played Rachel McAdams character's mother!
Lindsay Lohan initially auditioned for the role Regina, before it was decided that she was more suited to playing Cady. Amanda Seyfield also auditioned for the part of Regina, the only reason why she ended up being casted as Karen instead was because Rachel McAdams looked better alongside Lindsay Lohan. In the DVD extras it is clear how much Tina Fey is proud of writing Mean Girls and much she enjoyed making the film.
Mean Girls is a good film and I enjoyed watching the DVD extras. Before buying the DVD I had only seen the trailers of the film, and definately do not feel that I have wasted my money. Mean Girls is now available on Amazon for only £2.93. Mean Girls 2 is a sequel to Mean Girls (with a different main cast) and is released next year.
Mean Girls; a classic portrayal of high school life and the trials and tribulations it brings with it.
Cady (Lindsay Lohan)
Regina (Rachel McAdams)
Gretchin (Lacey Chabert)
Karen (Amanda Seyfried)
Mrs Norbury (Tina Fey)
Janis (Lizzy Caplin)
Damien (Daniel Franzese)
Aaron (Jonathon Bennett)
Cady Heron has spent the first 15 years of her life in Africa being home-schooled, surrounded only by her parents and deadly wildlife. She thinks she knows all about survival of the fittest. That is, until she moves to America and begins attending regular High School. Suddenly, she is plunged into the deep end and it's time to sink or swim. Conform to the deadly rules of girl world, or resort to life with the Art Freaks and Mathletes- social suicide. Over the year, Cady learns many lessons about what it means to do the right thing, stay true to yourself and win friends the right way.
Being a teenager myself, I absolutely loved this movie. It perfectly portrays high school life; cliques, bitchiness, tears, tantrums and turmoil. The casting is perfect- each character is totally believable and the setting of the film could not be better. The perfect dosage of humour and romance make this the ultimate teen movie.
Overall, this is a fantastic, girly film.
The cutting wit of Tina Fey (the first female head writer for US comedy breeding ground Saturday Night Live) brilliantly fuses pop culture and smart satire. Fey wrote Mean Girls, in which a formerly home-schooled girl named Cady (Lindsay Lohan) gets dropped into the sneaky, vicious world of the Plastics, three adolescent glamour-girls who dominate their public high school's social heirarchy. Cady first befriends a couple of art-punk outsiders who persuade her to infiltrate the Plastics and destroy them from within--but power corrupts, and Cady soon finds the glory of being a Plastic to be seductive. Mean Girls joins the ranks of Clueless, Bring It On, and Heathers, cunning movies that use the hormone-pressurized high school milieu to put the dark impulses of human nature--ambition, envy, lust, revenge--under a comic microscope. Fey manages to skewer everyone without forgetting the characters' hapless humanity; it's a dazzling and delightful balancing act. --Bret Fetzer