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 herselfSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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.
All Movie Guide
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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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302475
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
3,326

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Cast & Crew

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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