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Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 April 2004 (USA)
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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Her parents being zoologists, homeschooled Cady Heron lived in Africa for 15 years. Attending a Chicago public high school for the first time, she starts out by befriending the "best people you will meet", Janis, a supposedly lesbian girl; and Damian, a boy "too gay to function". Cady is warned to avoid the "worst people you will ever meet", the Plastics--a clique comprised of three girls: Gretchen Wieners, a girl who's rich because her father invented toaster strudel; Karen Smith, the "dumbest girl you will ever meet"; and Regina George, the unofficial leader and the meanest one. She becomes a hit with the Plastics and eventually assimilates into the clique, only for Janis to ask her sabotage them. After conflicts involving Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels, Cady later becomes tied between being part of them or sabotaging them. Whilst eventually becoming one, she sabotages them. She tricks Regina into eating fattening candy bars that she claims will make her skinny, tries to break... Written by gamergcfan

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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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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,432,195 (USA) (2 May 2004)

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$86,058,055 (USA)
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This movie was unusual among Mark Waters-directed films, in that there are no supernatural elements in the plot. See more »

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When Karen, Gretchen and Cady are discussing Regina's breakup with Aaron Samuels, Karen has her arms crossed over the table. When she says "I thought she dumped him for Shane Oman," her hand is on her cheek. 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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The senior artist credit is misspelled "SENIOR ARTITST". See more »

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Referenced in Face Off: Teacher's Pets (2014) See more »

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Put 'em Up
by Chad Hugo, Noreaga (as Victor Santiago) & Pharrell Williams
Performed by Noreaga (as N.O.R.E.) featuring Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
N.O.R.E. performs courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Pharrell performs courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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a "magnified" genuine portrayal of the downsides of female friend relations in adolescence
28 September 2005 | by (Pazardzhik, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

Had I seen the film a year, a month, a week or even a day earlier, I wouldn't have appreciated it as much as I did today when I was sitting in a small university auditorium, relating what I saw to the issues discussed by the professor prior to the projection, trying arduously to control the flow of thoughts and emotions in my brain.

Mean Girls is what a large number of people would consider a silly teen comedy. It tells the story of a previously home-schooled, brought up in Africa, adolescent who enters a cliquish high school environment. Essentially the film focuses our attention on a number of psychological issues touched in almost every similar teen movie. In the beginning the issue is adaptation to a new environment, and as the movie unfolds it centers on social cliques, female friend relationships, social prejudice, social influence, rivalry, or as the professor I heard put it - relational aggression.

What is especially interesting about the movie, in my opinion, is that it illustrates an unbelievably highly stratified societal group, and thus helps the viewer unequivocally identify with and easily take a stand on the issues discussed. Metaphorically it serves as a microscope for us to observe social interactions with. Moreover the actions of the protagonists are so blatantly right or wrong that they eliminate any ambiguity that might arise of considering the things happening in another environment or under other circumstances. That way the viewer simply focuses on the darkest characteristics of female interactions in society. In this sense the film is not about adolescent girls and their experiences in high school but rather about the most negative features of female friend relations in adolescence.

The very same genuineness of the film makes it so hilarious at many points. What prevents us from laughing at the ridiculous social trends, prejudices, and many people's beliefs, most possibly including ours, in reality is that our actual emotions and thoughts rarely come up to the surface. Even our actions in most situations are covert. Yet, paradoxically, our way of thinking is shaped by society which constitutes of other people who are also as secretive in this sense as we are. And this covert way of feeling and thinking contributes greatly to the growth of prejudice, misunderstanding, and ... meanness.

Revealing a prejudice I hold, I have always believed that the single most important objective of a film is to provide food for thought. That is why I think this teen comedy ranks among the best ones I have seen recently.


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