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Rachel McAdams wore a blonde wig while filming the movie.
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In the scene where Cady was asked if her "muffin was buttered", the line was originally going to be, "Is your cherry popped?" The same goes for the girl who "made out with a hot dog" this was going to be "masturbated with a hot dog". These were omitted in order for the film to gain a PG 13+ rating instead of a R
Initially, Lindsay Lohan was cast as Regina, but decided to play the "nice girl" so the public wouldn't base her real personality on Regina's. Rachel McAdams was chosen to play the "mean girl" because "only nice girls can play mean girls" according to the producer.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler coached Rajiv Surendra on how to rap for his on-screen performance in the school's Winter Talent Show.
Amy Poehler who plays Mrs. George is only seven years older than her on screen daughter Rachel McAdams (Regina George).
Producer Tina Fey confessed that, when casting the film, she liked Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels) because "he looked like Jimmy Fallon".
The scene in which Cady walks in on Jason and Gretchen kissing at her party is much different in the first draft of the script. Originally, she walks in on Gretchen performing oral sex on Jason (no nudity, nothing graphic), but this was subsequently cut from the final print in order to achieve a PG-13 rating
Tim Meadows broke his hand before shooting and had to wear a cast, so the explanation that his character Mr. Duvall had carpal tunnel was added.
Feature film debut for Amanda Seyfried, who portrays Karen Smith.
Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams play characters who attend the same school and are in the same grade, despite the 8 year age difference between the two actresses. Lindsay Lohan being younger than Rachel McAdams
Feature film screenwriting debut for Tina Fey.
Amanda Seyfried, who plays Karen in the film, was initially supposed to play Cady, but producer Lorne Michaels thought she would be better as the "dumb girl".
Tina Fey envisioned backgrounds for all of the characters. If any of the actors had questions about their characters she could fill in the blanks for them.
Lacey Chabert was the first and only choice for the role of Gretchen.
James Franco was considered for the role of Aaron Samuels, which was eventually given to Jonathan Bennett.
This movie is based upon the book "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence" by Rosalind Wiseman, even though it is a non-fiction parental self-help guide with no narrative at all.
In the book upon which the movie is based, the most popular girl in a school is given the title "Queen Bee". In the movie, the character who fits that description is named Regina - "queen" in Latin.
The skirts for the Christmas talent show are made of plastic; the costume designer says they were made of that fabric to "represent the Plastics".
Scarlett Johansson tested for the role of Karen.
Lizzy Caplan's character was named Janis Ian as an homage to musician Janis Ian, the first Saturday Night Live (1975) musical guest (alongside Billy Preston). Ian's song "At Seventeen" can be heard playing in the background when the girls are fighting at Regina's house. Other characters bullying Caplan's character persistently call her a lesbian throughout the movie; the real Janis Ian is an out lesbian.
The casting department searched through four cities to find the right actor to play Damian.
On August 13, 2013, the White House tweeted a photo of the Obamas' dog Bo holding a tennis ball in his mouth with the caption "Bo, stop trying to make fetch happen." This is a play both on a line from Mean Girls and on one of the more usual meanings of the word "fetch."
When Tina Fey planned to adapt Queen Bees and Wannabes into a film, she didn't realize it was a guidebook with no fictional narrative. She feared she'd backed herself into a corner after finalizing the deal with Paramount.
The character Mrs. Norbury was named after a German teacher at Upper Darby High School, where Tina Fey attended.
The main character, played by Lindsay Lohan, is named "Cady", which has a common pronunciation ("Katie") but an uncommon spelling for an American girl's first name. In keeping with the film's theme of female empowerment, it is the same spelling as the maiden name of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a 19th-century pioneer in the American Women's Rights movement.
Nearly earned an R rating for explicit, risqué gags and jokes which were subsequently cut.
Cady gets very excited at the dance when she "actually recognizes" one of the songs being played. That song is "Built This Way," which was performed and co-written by London-born singer-songwriter and DJ Samantha Ronson. About four years after the release of this movie, and after several years of press speculation, Lindsay Lohan and Ronson acknowledged they were in a romantic relationship.
Although Tina Fey and Amy Poehler never speak together in the movie, in reality they are best friends.
Ashley Tisdale auditioned for Karen Smith.
In her autobiography, 'Bossypants', Tina Fey says that she named the character Damian after "TV Guide" writer Damian Holbrook, who has been her friend since they met as teens in a summer theater workshop in their Pennsylvania hometown.
In the math class Kevin gives Cady his card. It says, KEVIN GNAPOOR MATH ENTHUSIAST/BAD-ASS M.C. 847-555-2148
To film one scene, Mrs. George, played by Amy Poehler, pinned a piece of cocktail wiener into her bra to encourage the chihuahua dog to nibble there.
The Asian girl who makes out with the coach in the projection room above the auditorium has the name Trang Pak. Later at the mathletes finals the Asian guy on Cady's team has the name 'T. Pak' written on his name card.
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Cady's mom gets tenure at Northwestern, which is Ana Gasteyer's alma mater in real life.
In the behind the scenes footage, the actor that plays the principal Mr Duvall says his character doesn't have a first name, that he just always goes by Mr Duvall. But in the scene where Cady, Gretchen and Karen are in the principal's office for the Burn Book one of the teachers comes in and says, "Ron come quick the girls have gone wild!" So therefore he does have a name..it's Ron. There is also a nameplate on his desk that reads 'Ron Duvall'
The song Cady mistakes for "The Spice Girls" is really the song "Overdrive" by Caty Rose.
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The movie is based off a real high school, New Trier, which is located in Winnetka, Illinois, and is part of the North Shore (north/northwest suburbs of Chicago) and covers a large area of affluent students from five different townships and villages. New Trier, despite the portrayal of mean girl clicks, is actually noted as one of the best high schools in the United States.
Unusual among Mark Waters-directed films in that there are no supernatural elements in the plot.
Kevin Gnapoor's phone number on his business card uses the North Shore's real area code, 847.
Although the movie was not filmed in the rich north suburbs of Chicago known as the 'North Shore' (where it is said to take place), several real places in the area are mentioned. These include Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, Illinois (although the scene was filmed at Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke, Ontario), Walker Brothers Pancake House (the gift certificates at the end have the restaurant's real logo), and Northwestern University. In addition, a deleted scene featured on the DVD mentions Hecky's, a real barbecue restaurant in Evanston, Illinois. School scenes were filmed at Lincoln Park High School, Chicago. Exterior shots of the school were of Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke, as well as hallway scenes. Some scenes also filmed at a lake front park in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
At the top of the lunch map Janis makes for Cady, she wrote a cautious note for the woods behind the school: "Make out zone - warning! There is sexual activity in these woods" (It frequently goes unnoticed because the camera quickly zooms in closer to the lunch tables)
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Elisha Cuthbert auditioned for the part of Regina.
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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."
Feature film debut for Diego Klattenhoff, who portrays Shane Oman.
Regina, Karen, and Gretchin never once refer or call themselves "The Plastics."
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The actors Daniel DeSanto (Jason) and David Reale (Glen Coco) have in fact worked with each other before as voice actors for the anime, Beyblade.
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In the scene when everyone is getting ready for the spring fling (and Cady gets ready for the mathlete tournament) the song "God is a DJ" by Pink is playing. In this scene, a poster of Pink can be seen on Damien's wall.
Lindsay Lohan's character, Cady, spent most of her life in Africa, as her parents were zoologists. This is remarkably similar to the premise of the Nicktoon The Wild Thornberries. Lacy Chabert (Gretchen Wieners) voiced that show's main character, Eliza.
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There is a diploma from DePaul University in Mr. Duvall's office.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the scene where Christmas candy canes are being distributed in the classroom, Damian dressed in a Santa suit reads out the name Glenn Cocco a good friend of Tina Fey.

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