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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Tina Fey confessed that, when casting the film, she liked Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels) because "he looked like Jimmy Fallon." 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 »

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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Crazy Credits

The senior artist credit is misspelled "SENIOR ARTITST". See more »

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Spoofs Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) 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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Fun & worth seeing
20 June 2004 | by P-kin3See all my reviews

"Mean Girls" is a fun movie that can be enjoyed thoroughly by the adult set as well as its seeming target audience, teens. The flick opens up with Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) embarking on her first day of the jungle that is high school ever as she has been home-schooled in Africa her whole life. After some initial bumps in the road, she manages to befriend two "artsy" misfits, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). Surprisingly, however, she is also quickly welcomed into the Plastics, a group of uber-popular girls who seem to be simultaneously admired and resented by all. On Janis's urgings, Cady infiltrates the Plastics, and her mission becomes personal when the Plastics leader, Regina (Rachel McAdams), stabs Cady in the back.

"Mean Girls" is indeed an exaggerated version of reality, but its depiction of the brutality and ridiculousness of high school and the need to find and stay true to oneself within a social construct manage to ring true. It does not stray away from or gloss over the dark humor that high school inevitably draws out nor is it apologetic in its over-the-topness. The result is a hilarious, well-written/performed film that is unpredictable and worth seeing.

Lindsay Lohan shows us once again that not only is an actress with range and a deft comedienne, she is also extremely likable and charismatic. Other stand-out performances go to Caplan and Franzese as well as Tina Fey (who plays a teacher), Amanda Seyfried (as one of the Plastics, Karen), and McAdams. McAdams, probably best known as the title character in "The Hot Chick", is an actress who continues surprise me with her great comedic skills (don't believe me? Watch her deleted scenes from "The Hot Chick" DVD. I liked them better than the whole movie!!).

All in all, this flick is great fun and more well-done than might be initially expected!


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