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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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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$86,049,418 (USA) (3 September 2004)
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This movie nearly earned an R rating for explicit, risqué gags and jokes, which were subsequently cut. See more »

Goofs

Cady's make-up at the Halloween party is significantly lighter before she meets Janis and Damien later that night. If it were lighter after the party, we could assume it was from crying over Regina's betrayal, but it actually gets darker as the night progresses. 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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Features The Real Cancun (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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
Courtesy of Avenue Records/Far Out Productions, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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I liked it at first, but I do not like Lohan at all anymore.
20 June 2004 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I knew nothing of this movie before I saw it. In fact I only went to see because I have a crush on Lindsay Lohan and I really liked her in Freaky Friday. So it was quite a payoff when it turned out to be quite fun film and nothing like the dreadful teen comedies we've suffered too much off in the past five years (making love to pies, losing ones' car and certain Scary Movies).

The story has Cady Heron go through her first day of school...at sixteen. She's been homeschooled all her life and lived with her parents in the African bush. She has known nothing of the deceitful, backstabbing and ugly world of high school. Upon arrival she makes friends with a level-headed goth and a fat guy gay. They instruct her on who is naughty, nice and full of vice. The 'in' group of the school are 'The Plastics' (because they're so fake), a trio of cheerleaders who make everyone's life hell.

The leader is Regina George, the nastiest girl in the universe and at her side and the dumb and airheaded Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith (played by the impossibly cute Amanda Seyfried). In order to take them down Cady must become one of them. She takes great pride in ruining Regina only to take her place. Much like Arnie did in Predator, she became a monster in order to destroy a monster.

With loads of observational humor and satire, Mean Girls ends up being a very intelligent movie, sort of a 'Clueless' that's not so nineties. A lot of attention is paid to character and performance, not something hastily thrown together and chucked out there. Originally it ended up with an R rating and had to be toned down. I would have loved to see that cut of the film.

Another interesting thing is that I've always though Lindsay Lohan looked like the character of Ginny in Friday the 13th Part 2. So it was weird when the movie was featured in Mean Girls and had Cady startle her pals watching it by bursting through the door as soon as Jason bursts through the window.

I will probably buy this on DVD when it comes out and I suggest you see it on the big screen. My showing was pretty packed and everyone seemed to enjoy it a lot.


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