Mean Girls Reviews
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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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.
In fact, it represents everything wrong with the idea of "High School" culture by reinforcing their existence with such shallow, depth-less media. In the end, all these fictitious labels and stereotypes play such large roles into this insufferably pandering story it might as well be made for 12 year old little girls.
It also unwittingly promotes passive aggressive behavior, with an ending completely wrapped in common sense. High School is nothing like this, and it shouldn't be.
Falls in to the scarce category of Chick flicks for guys, the story follows Cady, a 16 year old who has up to now been home schooled all of her life ... in Africa. She moves to the US and soon finds herself falling in with the girls too cool for school, the 'plastics'. A boy is introduced and all out war follows as the girls battle to be the Queen Bee.
A clever, hilarious and entertaining film, well worth a watch with the girlfriend.