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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

Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, a 16 year old homeschooled girl who not only makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), the ex-boyfriend of queenbee Regina George (Rachel McAdams), but also unintentionally joins The Plastics, led by Regina herself. Join Cady as she learns that high school life can and will be really tough. Written by Bash Cleesattel

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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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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", for Tim Pak, Trang's brother. See more »

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The senior artist credit is misspelled "SENIOR ARTITST". 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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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

The Mathlete Rap
Lyric by Tina Fey
Music by Gabriel Rene
Produced by Gabriel Rene
Performed by Rajiv Surendra
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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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