Mean Girls

Mean Girls

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Director: Mark S. Waters, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Cast: Mark S. Waters, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

     
 

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The hit teen comedy Mean Girls debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a second English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include

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The hit teen comedy Mean Girls debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a second English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Mark Waters, screenwriter Tina Fey, and producer Lorne Michaels. They provide many humorous moments during their discussion, which is dominated by the director and the screenwriter. They are full of praise for the cast. Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Waters and Fey, a blooper reel, three making-of featurettes, and the film's original theatrical trailer round out this release. While this disc is fine for what it is, the film is also available in a widescreen edition. That DVD is preferable to this one.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
UPC:
0097360539547
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00

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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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow mean girls sorta like Heathers and Jawbreakers but better with Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams the movie is a chick flick but cool for guys to watch i really liked mean girls i even own the dvd!!!
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 had a stupid meaning for high school. I mean- Girls aren't always like that- they insult girls everywhere. People who actuallly like this movie, they definately need to get taste in GOOD movies. So DON"T BUY THIS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT WAS FUNNY, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY LINDSAY LOHAN
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
Tina Fey is a brilliant writer for this movie. She needs to make more movies like Mean Girls! I love her on SNL, and I wished she wasn't leaving. I hope her new show on NBC does good. The greatest line from the movie is what the sex ed teacher says. Mean Girls is such a great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good movie on how high school is in some schools.It is also one of the funnest movies I have ever seen. Those that don't like this miovie need a sense of humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is not only hilarious but there are snippets here and there that are so true to life. Great movie for girls AND boys to delve into the teenage world of girls girls girls~
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
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
i love the sex-craved coach car. he was so fetch. "don't have sex because if you do, you will get pregnant...and DIE!" "you will get a lot of urges. you'll wanna take off your clothes, and touch eachother, but if you do touch eachother, you will get chlymitia...and DIE!" if you are at all sane and those lines sound funny, you'll love this movie.
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
The movie was great!!! I love actresses like Lindsay she did a fantasic job as all the others did too.
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
i thought this movie was the s***! i like regina and cady. i also liked it when cady made her fat, and when regina got hit by that bus and when janice cut hole through her whife-beater and every girl started doing it. but this movie shows who your real friends are, and it shows how far people will go just to fit into the "it crowd" it rocked hard man. I watched it 540 times counting. This should mget an oscar. If you wanna see sex, dramma, and comedy. Then this is the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!also my favorite character was gretchen, she was just too fetch, also my favorite part was when the dog kept biting on regina's mom nipples!! i LOL'd!!