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Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13  |   |  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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Her parents being zoologists, Cady Heron has never known what "high school" truly meant. She lived her first 15 years in the African jungle, home-schooled, living life with only her parents and the animals of the wilderness, knowing all of the rules of survival. However, when she moves out of Africa, she has to learn the rules of high school, a jungle in itself. She instantly makes friends with two sweet teenagers, Damian and Janis, who, in the terms of the high school, were in the "out crowd." Soon she meets the Plastics, the three crude, beautiful, popular girls, consisting of Regina, the unofficial leader, Gretchen, Regina's full-time follower, and Karen, "one of the dumbest people you will ever meet." They immediately let her into their group, but Cady, wanting to keep her first friends, is unsure. The two convince Cady to keep her relationship with the Plastics, only so that they can know their dark secrets. However, events turn for the worse when Cady falls for Regina's ... Written by Michelle K. P.

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

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,432,195 (USA) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$854,852 (France) (28 January 2005)
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Amy Poehler who plays Mrs. George is only seven years older than her on screen daughter Rachel McAdams (Regina George). See more »

Goofs

With the type of sprinkler systems used in schools (and most other structures besides chemical plants), it is impossible to activate the sprinklers with a pull station. Only extreme heat will activate a sprinkler head, and only the head affected by the heat will release water. The pull station should activate the fire alarm, but there was no audible fire alarm or visit from the Fire Department. 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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Halcyon + On + On
by Paul Hartnoll, Phil Hartnoll, and Owain Barton
Performed by Orbital
Courtesy of London-Sire Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Contains a sample from "It's a Fine Day"
by Owain Barton
Performed by Opus III
Courtesy of Warner U.K. Music Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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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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