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Mean Girls (2004)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 175
Fresh: 146
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: Funnier and more smartly written than the average teen comedy.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 33
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Funnier and more smartly written than the average teen comedy.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 32,159,017


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for sexual content, language and some teen partying)
Directed By:
Written By:
Tina Fey
In Theaters:
Sep 21, 2004
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mean Girls

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (146) | Rotten (29) | DVD (29)

Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A smart little teen picture that, for a change, actually features recognizable teens.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

I would be more amused if the topic of rich material girls had not been worn to a thread elsewhere.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

A teen movie I enjoyed enormously, much to my surprise.

Full Review… | May 20, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Mean Girls isn't a particularly deep picture, but it does have some weight and ballast.

Full Review… | May 1, 2004
Top Critic

The best of the recent clutch of teen movies, Mean Girls also represents a return to form for the filmmaking wing of Saturday Night Live.

Full Review… | October 24, 2011

Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Lindsay Lohan is more likely to die before 30 than to land another lead role as suited to her (likely squandered) talent. Tina Fey's script is an observant equal-opportunity offender about how high school remains a jungle of hormones and haughtiness.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

Like Heathers with the edges filed down a bit...the kind of smooth, clever (and rare) entertainment that critics and audiences can all enjoy, guilt-free. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Groucho Reviews

A very intelligent, often funny, well written and clever satire on high school and its status quo...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The film boasts a solidly female cast, and its' a well cast film at that.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
7M Pictures

Like the wannabes at North Shore, Mean Girls longs to take a step beyond the ordinary, but it takes the easier, more traditional route instead.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Though better written, better acted and with more wit and subtlety than your average teen flick, the atmosphere in Mean Girls with its promiscuous sex and well, meanness, make it almost as nasty to sit through as these girls are to each other.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Decent Films Guide

A lively and upbeat teen comedy that grapples with social dynamics, Mean Girls is fresh, spicy and laden with plenty of tang.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

It's not a classic, but it's an above-average and refreshingly smart teen comedy.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

It announces the arrival of Tina Fey into the ranks of smart screenwriters.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007

Props to Tina Fey for being the first cast member since Mike Myers in Wayne's World to survive her movie being produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels -- and not also have her movie completely suck.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006

Mean Girls lacks sincerity, and instead acts like any teenage queen bee -- being cruel and picking on the weak -- only to then break its own rules and be hypocritical.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

The stinging wit of first-time screenwriter Tina Fey gives Mean Girls a zest and zing few high school comedies ever muster.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

It is precisely intelligence, and Fey's refusal to talk down to her audience, that elevates Mean Girls above most other teen movies out there.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Nails the "survival of the fittest" mentality that permeates high school social life.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Has the truth-exposing agenda of Election and almost as much bite.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Window to the Movies

The distributors didn't try to rook impatient people by first releasing a "Plain Jane" edition then waiting six months to release this one.

Full Review… | September 29, 2004

Audience Reviews for Mean Girls

I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would or should. It's actually a really good movie, like seriously. It's girly of course, but there's a lot of truth behind what's being displayed on screen.

I could have gone my whole life without seeing it, and that would have been fine, but the more people talked about it, the more curious I got, especially since this movie was a breakthrough for several cast members I like. I also enjoyed the fact that this had so much involvement from the SNL crowd.

Basically, this is a fun and highly entertaining farce that blends Heathers with Clueless and Jawbreaker, but sets everything in the 21st Century. The basic plot follows a 16 year-old girl who grew up in Africa, and spent almost her whole life being home schooled. After moving back to the States, her parents decide that she needs to attend public school to get some much needed socialization. Her world gets flipped upside down when, in her attempts to fit in, she becomes involved with The Plastics- the gorgeous, vapid, and domineering clique of popular girls And this is all about her trying to navigate the strange jungle that is high school- a world more foreign to her than the real jungles of Africa.

Give it a shot if you haven't already. It definitely exceeds expectations, and that's coming from my mouth, the mouth of a goofy, offbeat straight man who has a beard and loves history and heavy metal. The film is funny, insightful, clever, and a lot better than it probably has a right to be.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Cady: I know it may look like I was being like a bitch, but that's only because I was acting like a bitch.†

"Watch Your Back"

I was extremely surprised by how funny, smart, and overall great Mean Girls really was. I've heard from people that it was a good movie and that I should watch it, but it never was really anything that appealed to me. In retrospect, that was an extremely stupid position to take on my part. This film is actually like a splice between Easy A and Heathers, and is just as smart and good as those two films are.†

A 16 year old girl name Cady moves to America from Africa where she spent her whole life being home schooled by her researcher parents. When she enters school for the first time, she is an innocent and sweet young lady. Then the plastics get ahold of her. The plastics are a clique made up of three "mean girls" and are lead by the meanest Regina. Cady splits time for a while, being both a bitch and herself. Soon, everything else takes over and she's just a bitch.

There's nothing here that I could really complain about. The performances are there. The high school satire aspect of it is there in perfect amounts and at the exact right time. The characters and the writing is strong as well. High school movies like this can sometimes be extremely surprising in how well they exaggerate the true facts about high school and make it into an almost believable story.

If you haven't seen this film yet, give it a look. I know it looks like a dumb chick flick, but it is truly much more. No guy should have to be ashamed to say they have seen and liked Mean Girls. It's truly a movie that transcends the chick flick barrier. Girls and guys alike should be able to get a massive amount of enjoyment from watching these characters and listening to their dialogue. It's a really enjoyable film.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Up-and-coming stars Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, as well as familiar talent in Lohan does more than splendid in the film. A well-thought-and-assembled plot/story to highlight the typical lifestyle of a new-generation of high-school adolescence. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

If films were thunderstorms, MEAN GIRLS struck me like a bolt too large and blinding to see. If films were telephones, it was one loud, demanding wake up call. If films were rainbows, it was the mythical pot of gold I had always been told about but never even flinched to believe. You get the picture. What I was expecting was a sassy, girly comedy. Yes, it did tend to be both those. But when someone like former SNL star Tina Fey writes the film, it takes off as a side-splittingly funny, slightly offbeat show of color, cat fights, and crazy characters.

Unless every film by both Mel Brooks and Monty Python are factored in heavily, this is certainly one of the weirdest comedies I‚(TM)ve seen in quite a while. Not one of the film‚(TM)s characters shows up without becoming a distinct caricature. Most of these portrayals work well. When the script and acting in one make the Plastics seem true idiots and Cady seem a ‚Martian‚? (as they refer to her in one scene), the story is quite relatable to any modern high school, if not the stereotypes we always hear about them. I lost count of how many times one of the friends I watched this with shouted, ‚This is so true!‚? throughout the length of the film. Unfortunately, some characters are taken a little over the top. Tina Fey herself seems terribly unbelievable as a teacher, as does Amy Poehler in her role as the mother of one of the Plastics.

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Mean Girls Quotes

Mr. Duvall:
Miss Smith?
Karen Smith:
Whoever wrote it probably didn't think anyone would ever see it?
Mr. Duvall:
I hope that nobody else ever does see it.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (35 days ago)
Regina George:
120 calories and 48 calories from fat. What percent is that?
Gretchen Weiners:
Um..48 into 120?
Regina George:
I'm only eating foods with less than 30% calories of fat.
Cady Heron:
It's 40%. Well, 48 over 120 equals x over a 100 and then you cross multiply and get the value of x.
Regina George:
Whatever. I'm getting cheese fries.
– Submitted by Sarah K (9 months ago)
Mr. Duvall:
Coach Carr, step away from the underage girls!
– Submitted by Sarah K (9 months ago)
Four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco! And none for Gretchen Weiners. Bye.
– Submitted by Javier M (14 months ago)
Cady Heron:
I hate her! I mean, she's really failing me on purpose, just because I didn't join that stupid Mathletes! She was so queer, she was like, "I'm pusher Cady, I'm a pusher."
Regina George:
Hahaha!!! What does that even mean?
– Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)
Cady Heron:
Karen Smith:
Why are dressed so scary?
Cady Heron:
It's Halloween.
– Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)

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