Guest Author - Caitlin D Neely
Mean Girls is a 2004 comedy written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a new high school student that’s transferred all the way from Africa. She’s been home schooled her entire life and knows next to nothing about what’s popular and how to handle high school. She meets Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese) the school‘s social outcasts. They devise a plan to take down the most popular girl in school and leader of The Plastics, Regina George (Rachel McAdams), and her two followers (Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert).
Mean Girls is enjoyable for both teenagers and adults. Both will appreciate the message that the movie conveys; that cliques and gossip lead to nothing but trouble. Not to mention, both groups will find it hilarious. Tina Fey is a great comedic actress but dare I say she’s an even better writer.
Fey successfully uses humor and over the top situations to make a valid point about high school girls. The scenes may be ridiculous at times but dealing with frenemies and gossip is also incredibly ridiculous. She gets an important message across (especially in the end).
It’s also a movie we can all relate to. Gossiping hurts and not just in a high school setting. We’ve all experienced it at a point in our lives (or points). It doesn’t matter if it happened at work or within a group of friends. It’s always ugly. It’s also refreshing to see all of the characters learn from their mistakes. They acknowledge in the end that gossiping doesn’t have to last forever and that it can be fixed.
Aside from the messages, the comedy is great to. Now matter how old you are you’ll find yourself quoting something from this movie. The dark humor fits well with what is going in all of the character’s lives. High school isn’t always a fun place to be and Mean Girls doesn’t shy away from that fact.
The characters wouldn’t be the same without the actors playing them. Lohan is very likeable as Cady even when she starts to turn into one of the mean girls. She’s also got impressive comedic chops. The Plastics do a fantastic job. McAdams is almost unrecognizable as a blond and I’m used to her playing the nice girl. She plays mean very well. Kudos also to Fey, Caplan, Franzese and Amy Poehler who plays Regina’s mother.