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Mean Girls (2004)

 -  Comedy  -  30 April 2004 (USA)
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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.

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Raised in African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron thinks she knows about survival of the fittest. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 16-year-old enters public high school for the first time and encounters psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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high school | clique | secret | africa | love | See more »

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This summer, be part of the in-crowd. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying | See all certifications »

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Queen Bees and Wannabes  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$854,852 (France) (28 January 2005)

Gross:

$854,852 (France) (28 January 2005)
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Trivia

Cady's friend Janis Ian is likely related to Janis Ian, the singer of "At Seventeen," a song about realizing at age 17 the beautiful are favored. "I learned the truth at seventeen that love was meant for beauty queens ... and those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home, inventing lovers on the phone." The song is also playing in the scene when Karen tells Cady that she has a "fifth sense ... It's like ESPN or something." See more »

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When the "banished" Cady ultimately eats her lunch in a bathroom stall, the milk carton goes from sealed (its brand facing the camera) to open with straw inserted (brand of milk now not facing camera) when she sits down. See more »

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[first lines]
Chip Heron: This is your lunch, OK? I put a dollar in there so you can buy some milk; you can ask one of the big kids where to do that.
Betsy Heron: Do you remember your phone number? I wrote it down for you just in case. Put it in your pocket, I don't want you to lose it. OK? You ready?
Cady: I think so.
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Pass That Dutch
by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliot), Tim Mosley, Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), P.A. Pacemaster Mase (as Vincent L. Mason), Posdnous (as Kelvin Mercer), Paul Huston, Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown (as Harold Ray I. Brown), Morris D. Dickerson, Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy J. Jordan), Lee Oskar, Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller), and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Performed by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Courtesy of Elecktra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Contains a sample of "Potholes in My Lawn" by Paul Huston, Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), P.A. Pacemaster Mase (as Vincent L. Mason), and Posdnous (as Kelvin Mercer)
Performed by De La Soul
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Contains a sample of "Magic Mountain"
by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown as (Harold Ray I. Brown), Morris D. Dickerson, Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy L. Jordan), Lee Oskar, Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller), and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Performed by Eric Burdon and War
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Best Teen Movie Ever
23 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Lindsay Lohan plays a teen girl trying to get along at a new high school. This time, she plays a girl home schooled in Africa, whose first experience at a public school is marred by a clique of nasty girls called the Plastics, who use gossip and other torture techniques to try to ruin her social life.

The story makes it sound like another generic teen film but this one is actually quite funny and realistic. The most cynical person will point out that this is a cheap rip off of Heathers and they are similar. While Heathers is a good movie, mean Girls is an even better movie. I think Mean Girls is very good for a number of reasons. First, the script is actually creative and smart. Tina Fey seems to understand that teens want comedies they can relate to and she did that with Mean Girls. Of course, there were a few lame scenes but nothing that kills the film. Tina Fey should leave SNL and focus on her career in movies.

Second, the acting is very good and convincing. Rachel McAdams offers the best and funniest performance as Regina. Her character is very mean (hence the title) yet I found it so hard to actually hate her. She has this charm that sucks the audience in on her and its so hard to hate her. Lindsay Lohan also gives a good performance as Cady. Her best scenes are with Rachel. They have very good chemistry together. The other plastics are played by Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried. They also give good performances and the scenes that have all the plastics together are very entertaining. The rest of the supporting cast are pretty good and Tina Fey also has a small role as Cady's math teacher.

Another reason why Mean Girls is so good is because it's actually funny for people over the age of 21. It's not just for teens but also for adults. Mark Waters is proving to be very good at directing harmless comedies like Freaky Friday and this one. He keeps the film short yet enormously entertaining. I really don't understand how someone could actually give this movie a one. I understand some people finding it over the top or stupid but it doesn't deserve a one. In the end, this smart and funny teen movie deserves to be seen. Rating 8/10


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