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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 went 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 an R.
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler coached Rajiv Surendra on how to rap for his on-screen performance in the school's winter talent show.
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Amy Poehler, who plays Mrs. George, is only seven years older than her on-screen daughter, Rachel McAdams (Regina George).
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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.
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Initially, Lindsay Lohan was cast as Regina, but she decided to play the "nice girl" (Cady Heron) so the public would not base her real personality on Regina's. Rachel McAdams was chosen to play "mean girl" Regina George because "only nice girls can play mean girls," according to the producer.
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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.
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Producer Tina Fey confessed that, when casting the film, she liked Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels) because "he looked like Jimmy Fallon."
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This was the feature film screenwriting debut for Tina Fey.
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This was Amanda Seyfried's first film role, playing Karen Smith.
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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.
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Amanda Seyfried, who played Karen in the film, was initially supposed to play Cady, but producer Lorne Michaels thought she would be better as the "dumb girl."
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Lacey Chabert was the first and only choice for the role of Gretchen Wieners.
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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 openly lesbian.
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Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams played characters who attend the same school and are in the same grade, despite an eight-year age difference between the two actresses, with Lindsay Lohan being younger than Rachel McAdams.
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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.
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In the scene where Christmas candy canes are being distributed in the classroom, Damian, dressed in a Santa suit, reads out the name "Glen Coco." While not portrayed in the movie, Glen Coco is an actual person and a good friend of Tina Fey.
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The skirts for the Christmas talent show are made of plastic; the costume designer says they were made of that material to "represent the Plastics."
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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," which means "queen" in Latin, Italian and Romanian.
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James Franco was considered for the role of Aaron Samuels, which was eventually given to Jonathan Bennett.
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At the top of the lunch map Janis makes for Cady, she wrote a cautious note for the woods behind the school, saying, "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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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 was a play both on a line from Mean Girls (2004) and on one of the more usual meanings of the word "fetch."
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The casting department searched through four cities to find the right actor to play Damian.
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Scarlett Johansson tested for the role of Karen Smith.
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To film one of the scenes, Amy Poehler (Mrs. George) pinned a piece of cocktail wiener into her bra to encourage the chihuahua dog to nibble there.
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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.
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When Tina Fey planned to adapt "Queen Bees and Wannabes" into a film, she did not realize it was a guidebook with no fictional narrative. She feared she had backed herself into a corner after finalizing the deal with Paramount.
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In 2013, Tina Fey stated that she and husband Jeff Richmond had been working on a "Mean Girl" stage production. As of 2016, Fey confirmed that the musical is set to debut for the fifteenth anniversary of the film in 2019. (Update: The stage production is now scheduled to begin performances on Broadway in March 2018, following a tryout in Washington, DC during the fall of 2017.)
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This movie nearly earned an R rating for explicit, risqué gags and jokes, which were subsequently cut.
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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.
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Although Tina Fey and Amy Poehler never have any dialogue together in the movie, the two actresses/comediennes are actually best friends in real life.
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The character Mrs. Norbury was named after a German teacher at Upper Darby High School, where Tina Fey attended.
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Ashley Tisdale auditioned for Karen Smith.
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In her autobiography, "Bossypants," Tina Fey says that she named the character "Damian" after "TV Guide" writer Damian Holbrook, who had been her friend since they met as teens in a summer theater workshop in their Pennsylvania hometown.
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This is the first non-Disney movie Lindsay Lohan stars in.
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Tina Fey, who wrote the screenplay for this movie and also starred as Ms. Norbury, was a real-life "mean girl" in high school.
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In the scene where the Plastics first ask Cady to sit with them at lunch, all three girls are eating the exact same thing. A sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes in a plastic container and Perrier soda with a white straw
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Elisha Cuthbert auditioned for the part of Regina George.
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The card Kevin Gnapoor gives Cady in math class says, "KEVIN GNAPOOR MATH ENTHUSIAST/BAD-ASS M.C. 847-555-2148."
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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.
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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.
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Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, and Karen Smith never once call themselves "The Plastics."
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At the end of the movie, Kevin asks Janis about her ethnic background, and she answers that she is Lebanese. This is a payoff to a joke that has run through the entire movie: people bullying Janis persistently call her a lesbian, only to have her clarify at the end of the movie that she is in fact Lebanese instead. The aural similarity of the two words had been fodder for jokes for several decades before this; two famous examples include the 1986 "Golden Girls" episode in which Blanche confusedly thinks that Dorothy's friend Jean is Lebanese instead of lesbian ("I've never known any personally, but isn't Danny Thomas one?") and Ellen Degeneres's joke during her 1997 appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell" show in advance of the "Coming Out" episode of "Ellen," that "we [will actually] find out that the character is Lebanese."
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Lindsay Lohan's character, Cady Heron, spent most of her life in Africa, as her parents were zoologists. This is remarkably similar to the premise of the Nicktoon The Wild Thornberrys (1998). Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners) voiced that show's main character, Eliza.
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Cady's mom gets tenure at Northwestern, which is Ana Gasteyer's alma mater in real life.
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This movie was unusual among Mark Waters-directed films, as there are no supernatural elements in the plot.
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The song Cady mistakes for The Spice Girls is really the song "Overdrive" by Katy Rose.
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Although the movie was not filmed in the wealthy 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 in Chicago. Exterior shots of the school were of Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, as well as hallway scenes. Some scenes were also filmed at a lake front park in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
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Kevin Gnapoor's phone number on his business card uses the North Shore's real area code, 847.
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Lindsay Lohan and Mark Waters's second collaboration, after Freaky Friday (2003), which came out the year before this film.
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The film cast includes four SNL cast members: Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler and Tim Meadows.
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This was the feature film debut for Diego Klattenhoff, who played Shane Oman.
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Evan Rachel Wood turned down this movie as she had already committed to the lead part in another titled Pretty Persuasion (2005) with a similar plot.
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Although it's never mentioned anywhere in the film, the names of Cady's parents are Chip (her dad) and Betsy Herron (her mom).
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The stage musical adaptation of Mean Girls is set to make its world premiere October 31, 2017 through December 3, 2017, at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. (the show's out-of-town, pre-Broadway "tryout"). It is then scheduled to move to Broadway's August Wilson Theatre in 2018. The cast at the National includes: Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Ashley Park (Gretchen Weiners), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis), Grey Henson (Damian Hubbard), and Kerry Butler (Mrs. Heron / Ms. Norbury / Mrs. George). The musical's book is by Tina Fey, who wrote the source movie's screenplay, with music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw.
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Daniel DeSanto (Jason) and David Reale (Glen Coco) have in fact worked with each other before, as voice actors for the anime Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle (2004).
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As of 2018, Rachel McAdams is the first and only main cast member to have been nominated for an Academy Award. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2016 for her role in Best Picture-winner "Spotlight" (2015).
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The scene where "The Plastics" are performing their iconic 'Jingle Bell Rock' routine is filmed in Malvern C.I. in Toronto, Ontario.
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There is a diploma from DePaul University in Mr. Duvall's office.
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While filming the first half of the Talent Show scene, where Damien sings the song 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera, no one was present in the audience besides actor Daniel Franzese's (Damien) mom.
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As it was becoming difficult to keep the "wide set vagina" joke to receive a PG-13 rating, the director argued that the film Anchorman also had a similar dialogue, and still received that rating.
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Daniel Franzese who played the role of Damien, who is gay, would himself come out as gay in 2014.
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In Germany the film in is known as 'Girls Club'. Rajiv Surendra who later lived in Munich for a brief period, revealed that the film has a massive fan following among German teenage girls.
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The actress Ky Pham who played the role of Trang Pak, didn't know that the film would be a feature film, until she watched the preview on television.
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Fans have officially declared October 3rd as "National Mean Girls Day". Lacy Chabert's nephew was born on that day.
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The song 'Obsessed' by Mariah Carey contains the famous line by Regina George from the film 'Why are you so obsessed with me?'.
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Damien's line '...And I want my pink shirt back!' was improvised by actor Daniel Franzese. Tina Fey later approved it.
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As she had a pink eye, Lindsay Lohan couldn't arrive on the first day of shoot.
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Rajiv Surendra's character was initially supposed to be a Korean character.
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Martha Stewart developed the bonding between Rajiv Surendra and Rachael McAdams.
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Daniel Franzese was cast as Damien even before his audition, as he managed to impress Tina Fey.
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Despite playing characters in high school all the main actors or characters the viewers see Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Diego Klattenhoff, Daniel DeSanto, Daniel Franzese, Lizzy Caplan and Jonathan Bennett were in real life 18, 19, 22, 23, 24 , 25 and 26. those are not ages of high school students only 18 or 19 if held back but the others would be either out of college or graduate students with that age.
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Rachel McAdams also plays a mean popular girl in the movie The Hot Chick.
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Second Collaboration between Daniel DeSantos and Julia Chantrey the first one was four years earlier in the Disney Channel Original Movie Phantom Of The Megaplex but in this movie their classmates instead of Co-Workers.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Twice the film foreshadows that someone will be hit a bus. The first time is when it's Cady's first day and she doesn't check the road and the second time is when Cady uses the simile (talking about the crush she has on Aaron Samuels) "...this one hit me like a big yellow school bus."
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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.
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