Mean Girls: Get In Loser, We’re Going Shopping
“And on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that Man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.”
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is thrown into the jungle that is public high school. Having come from a homeschooled environment in Africa, she is ill prepared to handle the clique-y social mayhem, especially the Plastics, the “royalty” of the school. Lead by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), the Plastics are deemed the cool girls, and decide to recruit Cady on one of her first days. Cady soon realizes how shallow the three Plastics are, and with the outside help of Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese), she seeks to take the Plastics down from the inside. Their goal is to start with the “army of skanks”, then move on to Regina’s “hot body”, and finally Aaron Samuels (Johnathan Bennett), Cady’s crush and Regina’s boy toy. In their attempt to take down the Plastics, Cady loses sight of herself and becomes the Queen B. A “Burn Book” containing insults for every girl in the grade gets exposed, and the school erupts into a chaos, The principal (Tim Meadows) has to host an emergency assembly in an effort to get to the bottom of the situation, stop the madness, and get everyone to confront each other with their issues.
“One time she punched me in the face. It was awesome.”
Mean Girls (2004) , a teen film/comedy directed by Mark Waters, is a truly iconic film for millennials. Although it may seem like any other over the top movie revolving around an exaggerated high school experience, it manages to follow a familiar plot, yet still be so much more. At least speaking from my recollection of my own personal hell that was high school, it’s a bit over the top for the entire student body to practically worship a group of three depthless girls to the degree that Mean Girls takes it. However, the film takes a different twist by its approach to bullying, both from the perspective of the inside and outside, and shines a light on how petty girls can really be, as well as does it all with a comedic spin. Of course, although not necessarily realistic, the film still takes a more lighthearted and amusing approach to a not so lighthearted subject.
From, “She doesn’t even go here!”, to “Oh my god, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white”, to “Four for you, Glen Coco! Yo go, Glen Coco!”, and everything else in between, the film is chock-full of famously quotable lines. It isn’t much of a surprise, however, when you consider that the beloved actress, comedien, writer, and producer, Tina Fey, who also stars as Ms. Norbury, wrote the screenplay. Mark Waters has also directed popular movies such as Freaky Friday (2003), and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011).
The film addresses a few themes such as the overcoming of adversity, acceptance, and importance of good character . Cady is thrown into a new environment, and attempts to thrive in it. Perhaps she succeeds in her eyes for some time, but her journey to the top comes with consequences. She loses sight of herself, and becomes the “plastic” that she was trying to destroy in the first place. When the school is left in turmoil when everyone sees the Burn Book, Cady is left at fault, and has to right her wrongs with her friends, family, and teacher. The negatives bring about positives. The girls are able to confront each other, and form a more accepting community, become more comfortable being themselves, and finally reach a peace in girl world.
“I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school. I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy.”
Mean Girls, although only a little over a decade old, is a masterpiece that the millennials, myself included, idolize and will carry with them. When it comes to the number of times you can watch it before it’s sickening… the limit does not exist.
“Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Regina George.”