Mean Girls (2004)

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


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

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language and some teen partying)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tina Fey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004
Box Office: $86.0M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Cady Heron

as Regina George

as Gretchen Wieners

as Karen Smith

as Ms. Norbury

as Janis Ian

as Mr. Duvall

as Mrs. George

as Cady's Mom

as Cady's Dad

as Aaron Samuels

as Kevin Gnapoor

as Spelling Girl

as Homeschooled Boy

as Homeschooled Boy

as Homeschooled Boy

as African Warrior

as Kristen Hadley

as Kristen's Boyfriend

as `Farting' Guy

as Michigan Girl

as Chemistry Teacher

as English Teacher

as History Teacher

as Music Teacher

as German Teacher

as Trang Pak

as Sun Jin Dinh

as Lea Edwards

as Coach Carr

as Emma Gerber

as Mathlete Tim Pak

as Amber D'Alessio

as Giselle Sgro

as Jessica Lopez

as Bethany Byrd

as Cady (age 5)

as Animal Dancer

as Animal Dancer

as Animal Dancer

as Animal Dancer

as Taylor Wedell

as Taylor Wedell's Mom

as Kylie George

as Dawn Schweitzer

as Mr. George

as Kissing Girl

as Kissing Girl

as Joan the Secretary

as Salesperson

as Skater Girl

as Skater Girl

as Marymount Captain

as Caroline Krafft

as Mathlete Moderator

as Junior Plastic

as Junior Plastic

as Junior Plastic
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Critic Reviews for Mean Girls

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (43)

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

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
Film4

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
Suite101.com

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
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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.

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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.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

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

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