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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.

Director:

Mark Waters

Writers:

Rosalind Wiseman (book), Tina Fey (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams ... Regina George (as Rachel Mcadams)
Tina Fey ... Ms. Norbury
Tim Meadows ... Mr. Duvall
Amy Poehler ... Mrs. George
Ana Gasteyer ... Cady's Mom
Lacey Chabert ... Gretchen Wieners
Lizzy Caplan ... Janis Ian
Daniel Franzese ... Damian
Neil Flynn ... Cady's Dad
Jonathan Bennett ... Aaron Samuels
Amanda Seyfried ... Karen Smith
Rajiv Surendra ... Kevin Gnapoor
Elana Shilling Elana Shilling ... Spelling Girl
Graham Kartna Graham Kartna ... Homeschooled Boy
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Storyline

Cady Heron, a home-schooled girl lives in Africa whose parents are zoologist, now she, as a teenager, is in high school and decided to fit in. She fits in with the popular kids in high school, "The Plastics", whom her friends wanted to forbid her from fitting in with them. She decided to hang out with Regina George, a popular girl and her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels. Written by Dynasti Noble

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Only the strong survive! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | German | Vietnamese | Swahili

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen Bees and Wannabes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,432,195, 2 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$86,058,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,042,871
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a real high school, New Trier, which is located in Winnetka, Illinois, in Chicago's North Shore. The school serves a large area of affluent students from five different townships and villages. New Trier, despite the portrayal of mean girl cliques, is actually noted as one of the best high schools in the United States. See more »

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In Chicago, Illinois there is in fact a mall called Old Orchard, but it is a completely outdoors mall. The mall the "Plastics" go to is clearly not outdoors. See more »

Quotes

[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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In the Spanish dubbed version, the teacher speaking German speaks English. See more »

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Referenced in TruInside: Heathers (2016) See more »

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Mean Gurl
Written and Produced by Gabriel Rene
Performed by Gina Rene and Gabriel Rene
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Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams Square Off
11 September 2017 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

"Mean Girls" feels perfectly suited to Lindsay Lohan's talents. As the new girl in school (Cady Heron) who is trying to fit in, she is extremely likable. She becomes fast friends with Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan, who nails her performance. If you are not familiar with singer Janis Ian, check out her hit single "Seventeen") and Damian (Daniel Franzese), but gets sucked into a three-girls clique called the Plastics. With her allegiance split between the two factions, she finds herself becoming a person she does not like.

This film is notable for the break-through performances of Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. McAdams plays Regina, the queen of the Plastics. It is a role that is similar to many that preceded, but still holds up.

Speaking of precursors, one might consider this film to be a rip-off of others that came before. Or it might be considered as merely referential. Or perhaps an homage. But however you chose to view it, it has definite references to "The Breakfast Club", "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Clueless", "Risky Business", and other John Hugh's films.

The screenplay (adaptation) by Tina Fey is, at turns, clever and unsubtle. But it is a solid entry in the canon of teen comedies.


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