Mean Girls


“How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by Regina George?”

After all the jaw drops and “O My God”‘s, many of you will be happy to know that I have finally seen Mean Girls (Waters, 2004). Some of you were worried it wouldn’t live up to its reputation, as ye built it up so much for me. While others were worried I would analyse it too sociologically, and as such, not appreciate it. Funnily enough, my assessment of the film is rather bright.

“I can’t go to Taco Bell cause I’m on all carb diet! O my god Karen, you are so stupid!”

It actually didn’t become a thing until recently that I hadn’t seen it. Maybe it was because of the 10th Anniversary? It was quite an interesting film to watch at the age I am now. I don’t think I would have appreciated the film fully if I had have seen it when it was released first. In essence, I probably appreciated the film more for its humour, then for the themes and issues, it dealt with. Which is highly unusual for me, and I am still accessing a way to describe how I actual feel about the film.

“Gretchen, stop trying to make FETCH happen. It’s not gonna happen.”

The screenplay was written by Tina Fey, and Mean Girls was directed by Mark Waters. The story is narrated by the lead character Cady Heron, who is played by Lindsay Lohan. She is about to start her first day of school ever at 16 in High School, as she spent most of her life living in Africa as her parents are zoologists. She was homeschooled her entire life, until her mother gets research tenure at North Western University. She makes friends with a girl named Janis Ian (the name of the famous American singer), and a guy named Damian (who according to Janis is “almost too gay to function”).

“So you’re from Africa. Why are you white?” “O my god Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white.”

They quickly lay down the social organization of the school, and particularly to beware of The Plastics. The Plastics are three girls: Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert), and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried). Unfortunately for Cady, the Plastics decide to take her under their wing and teach her what it’s like to live in ‘the girl world’. Janis thinks it’s a perfect opportunity to get back at Regina for what she did to her in Middle School, and after Cady sees Regina kissing Aaron Samuels at his Halloween party, the games commence. The task was to destroy everything Regina had going for her. 1. Aaron Samuels. 2. “Hot” Body. 3. Army of Skanks. The plan seemed to prove successful, until Cady is drawn into the world of the plastics and Regina figuring out what is going on.

“That there is Karen Smith. She is one of the dumbest girls you will ever meet.” “That little one, that’s Gretchen Wieners.” “That’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets.”

Regina causes chaos in the school with one of the most memorable scenes in the film, as she unleashes ‘The Burn Book’ on the students, and she stands proudly atop the stairs of the school, watching everyone tear each other apart.

“She doesn’t even go here.”

The funniest scene for me is when Gretchen kicks the stereo off the stage at the Winter Talent show.

“Hi, it’s Karen Smith. It’s 68 Degrees, and there’s a 30% chance that it’s already raining.”

While the film explores many of the issues which occur within the walls of American high schools, these transcend to a global audience as they are still meaningful today. Popularity, friendship, identity, relationships, academic ability, and rivalry all come into to play within Mean Girls. Yet, as the film continues to have a major cult following to this day, it still holds a place within people’s hearts, for its humour, drama, characters, it’s place as a movie that defined our generation, but also for the fact that it is just so downright fetch.

“Hell no, I did not leave the south side for this.”

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