Mean Girls

Mean Girls

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Director: Mark S. Waters

Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey


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Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live wrote and appears in this comedy about the alternately funny and terrifying pecking order among teenage girls. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a 15-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in Africa, where she was home-schooled by her zoologist parents. When her family relocates to the United States, Cady finds herself…  See more details below


Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live wrote and appears in this comedy about the alternately funny and terrifying pecking order among teenage girls. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a 15-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in Africa, where she was home-schooled by her zoologist parents. When her family relocates to the United States, Cady finds herself attending a high school in suburban Illinois, where she gets a crash course in the various sub-strata of the student body: the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, the "cool" kids, and so on. Much to her surprise, Cady finds herself embraced by a clique of rich and popular girls known to outsiders as "the Plastics," led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert), and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried). While Cady is grateful for her new friends, it doesn't take long for her to realize how manipulative they can be, and she soon discovers she's violated an unwritten law when she goes out on a date with Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), who is charming, good looking...and Regina's former boyfriend. It isn't long before Regina and her pals are on the warpath, and Cady must face a level of vengeful behavior for which years in the jungle never prepared her. Joining Tina Fey in the supporting cast are fellow SNL players Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows. The screenplay for Mean Girls was based in part on Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, a book by professional youth counselor Rosalind Wiseman.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This is the smartest, sassiest teen movie to come down the pike in a long while, and most of the credit belongs to Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, who based on her script on a nonfiction book, Queen Bees and Wannabes. Fey's adaptation is set in a midwestern high school where transfer student Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), previously homeschooled and blissfully unaware of the social conventions dictated by her peers, falls in with a small clique of girls known as "the Plastics." Led by spoiled, beautiful Regina George (Rachel McAdams), the Plastics live by their own rules and show nothing but disdain for their fellow students, a few of whom persuade Cady to undermine the catty in-group. Director Mark Waters -- whose brother Daniel directed the influential teen comedy Heathers -- gives Mean Girls a brisk pace with fast-moving sequences and inventive transitions that speed the action. He's also fortunate to have a terrific script from which to work: Fey writes tart dialogue and builds imaginative set pieces around some of the situations and character types described in Queen Bees. There isn't a high school graduate alive who won't recognize in Regina and her acolytes the stuck-up girls who cheerfully toyed with adoring boys and disdained female classmates who weren't as pretty or popular as they were. Canadian actress McAdams is absolutely spot-on in her performance as Regina and is well supported by Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried as the other Plastics. Fey writes herself a juicy part as a recently divorced teacher who runs afoul of the clique, and her fellow SNL players Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, and Ana Gasteyer get colorful supporting roles as well. But Lohan really dominates the film with her energetic portrayal of an innately kind young woman who yields to temptation and, temporarily at least, becomes a queen bee.
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Based on Rosalind Wiseman's nonfiction best-seller Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, Mean Girls is a success in that it delves into one of the lesser exploited aspects of teen comedy -- the innermost dynamics of backstabbing among adolescent girls. Complemented by a slew of SNL regulars and alumni -- particularly Amy Poehler's turn as a desperately eager-to-please, aging, and augmented trophy wife of a mother -- the film is best when at its bitchiest. To its credit, protagonist Cady (Lindsay Lohan), whose only previous educational experience was provided by her zoologist parents in the wilds of Africa, is not the pure-hearted heroine of teen flicks past. Her agenda of sabotaging the Plastics (the school's most simultaneously feared and envied clique, led with aplomb by "professional life-ruiner" Regina George [Rachel McAdams]) from the inside may have begun with noble intentions, but when her efforts land her the head position in the "army of skanks" she had sought to dismantle, she is hardly reluctant to assume the role, at least initially. However, for pegging the darker subtleties of high school so well -- the lunchroom caste system, the mechanics of manipulation, the evolution of a rumor, transitions of power, and the ever-present threat of weight gain, to name a few -- Mean Girls loses a certain amount of punch in its ham-fisted later half, which involves an excruciatingly out-of-place trust fall and a clichéd speech (at the Spring Fling, no less) in front of the entire student body. Yet, despite several cheesy epiphanies, Mean Girls is a self-aware, solid effort at dissecting the superficialities of high-school life, particularly for post-Columbine times. Besides, there's always Heathers.

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Performance Credits
Lindsay Lohan Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams Regina George
Tina Fey Ms. Norbury
Tim Meadows Mr. Duvall
Amy Poehler Mrs. George
Ana Gasteyer Betsy Heron
Lacey Chabert Gretchen Weiners
Lizzy Caplan Janis Ian
Daniel Franzese Damian
Neil Flynn Chip Heron
Jonathan Bennett Aaron
Amanda Seyfried Karen Smith
Nicole Crimi Kylie George
Wai Choy Tim Pak
Olympia Lukis Jessica Lopez
Jonathan Malen Peter Haldi
Stefanie Drummond Bethany

Technical Credits
Mark S. Waters Director
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Amanda Demme Musical Direction/Supervision
Tina Fey Screenwriter
Mary Jane Fort Costumes/Costume Designer
Brandt Gordon Art Director
Jennifer Guinier Associate Producer
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Marci Liroff Casting
Jill Sobel Messick Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels Producer
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Louise Rosner Co-producer,Executive Producer
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Cary White Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. First Day of School
2. The Plastics
3. Entering Girl World
4. The Burn Book
5. Costume Party
6. Sabotage
7. Winter Talent Show
8. Gretchen Cracks
9. Word Vomit
10. A Pusher
11. The New Queen Bee
12. Actual Vomit
13. Regina's Revenge
14. Jungle Madness
15. Attitude Makeover
16. Suck Out the Poison
17. Prom Night
18. Spring Fling Queen
19. Girl World at Peace


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Mean Girls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
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horse123 More than 1 year ago
I've seen Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap Freaky Friday and Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen. I've seen Tina Fey and Amy Phoehler in Baby Mama
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cheer_girl101 More than 1 year ago
Great :D
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I kind of liked it. It was funny and it shows a lot of teen issues. It was good, but flawed. Very flawed. Way too girly for me, butI think a lot of guys will like it ,too. It was funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the most best lindsay lohan movie i've ever seen before in my entire life. I am the biggest fan of her. LINDSAY LOHAN ROCKS MEAN GIRLS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie to see with your friends!! Lindsay Lohan was so good in this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was the funniest movie i have seen in a while. i loved Lindsay Lohan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Lohan has an outstanding performance in the movie, and the movie is for all ages to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen so much better that this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be the best 'Teen Movie' of my generation. It is wicked-fun, truthful, raw, and one of the funniest teen-flick I've evered watched! In two days of owning it, I have watched it ---3 times--- it's so delish! ***Summary***The movie itself is a story of Cady(Played by Teen Queen,Lindsey Lohan)who is bascially a little-home-schooled-exchange-student entering the world of Highschool, Girl World, and Teen World all in one year. After time goes by she slowly learns the ropes of the good and evil of highschool thanks to her two new friends, Jaynce and Damian, but soon after meeting the good people of North Shore High, she meets the evil ones. Gretchen, Karon, and the Queen Bee, Regina---The Plastics, who are teen royalty and the most evil girls in the entire school! Bascially, story goes on, and Cady hooks up into the Plastics and thinks of them as new friends but learns quickly in girl world friends are just titles. The war and fur starts to fly after the 'new plastic,' Cady have a huge crush on Aaron---Regina's Ex, and in laws of feminism that is not something to do in the world of Plastic. So the Four leading ladies face off in a fun, evil, wicked-bad, war. Watch, learn, and have fun! You'll be asking for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, do not, not, not buy this for kids. There is stuff in there that is totally NOT NEEDED for a movie. I'm 14 and there is stuff in there that I don't need to see. So do yourself a favor if you are a parent, and don't buy this for your kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
mean girls is a classic funny movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was good. I expected it to be another dumb teen flick, but instead I got so much better, especially when they used some of the veteran actors from SNL. Good movie, worth a watch. You should check this flick out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What do you get when mean characters are written for a bad movie? Ding! You get "Mean Girls." Good actors go to waste in this wanna be "Clueless." I guarentee, you will come out of the movie asking " Why do i hate these characters so much?"
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the years best films it should go to the acadamy awards. I could not stop laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie Mean Girls scored high ratings and struck a home-run with a number of audiences; adults and teens alike. So the question is, what makes this movie so fabulous? One word: realism. This movie does not sugarcoat what teenage girls in High School are really like, and it shows us the fact is true: Girls can be way too… ahem, *witchy*. The movie combines humor with this truthful element, and what’s the answer to the equation? A truly delightful and eye-opening movie. Lindsay Lohan, who has been labeled as a Teen Queen, has proven her maturity in her excellence of handling this role. The audience has no trouble believing anything that Cady, Lindsay’s character, says, as Lindsay has such a great way of capturing and embracing her character. She proves to us that she is no longer the little girl who gave us “The Parent Trap” and has now moved into a position as a very professional actor. Rachel McAdams, another talented actor, played Regina George, a far cry from her role as Ally in “The Notebook” (2004). Regina is the leader of The Plastics, and is the Queen Bee (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.). Even as the meanest girl in school, Rachel plays the character with a depth that lets us see that Regina is mean because of her own insecurities, and she is really a decent person at heart. Although she doesn’t get the happiest ending (she gets hit by a bus and has to wear a spinal halo), she still manages to have a little Regina-esque optimism. Rachel has proven her extreme talent; it takes a very good actress to play a brat in a movie and still be liked by her fans. Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried are excellent in their characters as well. Amanda (who originally was in the role as Regina, but decided she liked being the “dumb” one better) did an excellent job at being dumb, but funny. Her role is undoubtedly the most hilarious, and her quotes are the most memorable. (“I have a 5th sense… it’s like I have ESPN or something!”) Lacey does quite well as her character as well, and definitely scrambles our thoughts about her. Sometimes we absolutely cannot stand her shallowness (“I’m sorry that everyone likes me, but I can’t help that I’m popular.”), and at others we feel so sorry for her (“Regina says that hoop earrings are HER thing and that I can’t wear them. And for Hanukah my parents gave me this really expensive pair of white-gold hoop earrings and I had to pretend I didn’t like them!”). As Regina’s “army of skanks”, they do quite well. Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Franzeze did quite excellent. Lizzy plays Janice Ian (named after the singer of the same name, who wrote the song "At Seventeen" which can be heard playing in the background when the girls were fighting at Regina's house), a rebel to the core, who was once Regina’s best friend. Her description of Regina as a “life-ruiner” seems to be quite accurate, until the end, at least. The viewers immediately like Janice because there is an inner-Janice in all of us, just wanting to break some rule and get rid of some person. Daniel plays Damien, the token gay in the movie, who is equally hilarious. His chemistry with Janice is amazing, because the two of them together are like a good skit from SNL. When Cady is in need of a pink shirt to wear with the plastics, the audience is very bemused to find that while Janice doesn’t own one, Damien does. They are like the Abbot and Costello of the movie, and add to the whole thing delightfully. This is a comedy for all audiences, and I highly recommend it. Very realistic and entertaining to the core. A DEFINITE MUST-SEE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so hilarious that you will laugh your heart out! Most of the cast is from snl, and they do outstanding in this movie, and along with Lindsay Lohan. This movie is a must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a great, hilarious portrayal of what high school is like for teenage girls. While it may be exaggerated at times, the pressures that the main character Cady goes through are very much a reality for many high school girls. She finds herself pushed to join the "in-crowd," to go to the cool parties, to go out with the cutest boys, and the list goes on. All the while, she schemes with her other, less popular friends, to ruin the life of the most popular girl in school. These are situations that many teens can relate to; I know that a lot of it looked familiar me and what I saw while in high school. So many girls are pressured all the time to be the prettiest or the most popular, and this movie can give them something and someone to relate to. The characters called “the Plastics” in the movie are ones that many views I’m sure can identify in their own lives. These girls are the ones who everyone else wants to be like, but never can. These characters come to life in every high school. Most of the teens watching the movie, however, will not be a part of that group because it makes up such a fraction of the population of high schools. This allows the majority of viewers to relate more to Cady and her struggles, and helps them to realize that life doesn’t have to be a constant effort to be the best. Through all of the drama of the movie, the end shows probably the most important message, which is that girls can all get along and be friends without certain ones being superior to others. Some could argue that certain parts of the movie are too extreme for younger viewers, such as scenes of parties, but these situations are extremely true to the high school atmosphere and help give teens something else to relate to. If you want to see a movie that is extremely funny and entertaining while giving a positive message to teenage girls, this is a definite must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so good. Every time I watch this movie I always pick up more things from it. It one of the funniest movies I have every seen! I can watch this movie over and over againg and never get bored! This movie is one that I can realate to because its real life. Mean Girls is a must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hilarious and I think Lindsay Lohan did a GREAT job!!!! Tina Fey is a great actress as well! This movie is totally fetch!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was funny, I enjoyed it. Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams both did a really good job. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes Lindsay Lohan. I am looking forward to seeing Rachel McAdams in the upcoming suspense thriller "Red Eye".