Mean Girls

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Elevated by a brilliant screenplay and outstanding ensemble cast, Mean Girls finds fresh, female-fronted humor in the high school experience.

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Teenage Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed "the Plastics," but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.

Cast & Crew

Rachel McAdams
Regina George
Tina Fey
Mrs. Norbury
Tim Meadows
Mr. Duvall
Amy Poehler
Mrs. George
Ana Gasteyer
Cady's Mom
Lacey Chabert
Gretchen Wieners
Neil Flynn
Cady's Dad
Tina Fey
Screenwriter
Jill Sobel Messick
Executive Producer
Daryn Okada
Cinematographer
Wendy Greene Bricmont
Film Editor
Rolfe Kent
Original Music
Cary White
Production Design
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Critic Reviews for Mean Girls

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Audience Reviews for Mean Girls

  • Jul 12, 2016
    One of the most quotable movies of this century, Mean Girls, is a cult classic on a large scale. We see Lindsay Lohan before the train went off the tracks and she really delivers a fun performance. The dialogue is done well and manages to stay current. The movie flows very well and constantly has the audiences' attention. There is an actual arch for our main character and we root for her throughout. This movie is an example of a great set up, great delivery, and finishing with a lighthearted punch. This is a feel-good movie that can be turned on whenever you're hanging out with your friends.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2015
    Mean Girls has absolutely no business being as phenomenal as it is. None at all. If you've read many enough my reviews to get any sort of indication as to the sort of cinema I am in to, then you could be forgiven for assuming I wouldn't be a fan. After all, Mean Girls is about as far away from my wheelhouse as a movie could conceivably be. But I fucking love it. And I honestly can't tell you why. Every single piece of Mean Girls examined in isolation, is something I despise. Every trope, formula, format, cliche, device and style choice is something I have ragged on a hundred times before in different reviews, but for whatever reason, I cannot put Mean Girls down. I don't think a single year has gone by since I first saw it in the late '00s that I haven't rewatched it. Usually, multiple times a year. Inexplicable, but there it is.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Derivative and formulaic, Mean Girls tries to put a new spin on some old material. Scripted by SNL alumna Tina Fey, the story follows a former home school student who gets a crash course in the high school social hierarchy when she goes to public school for the first time and is taken in by the Plastics: the most popular clique in the school. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried, the film features a fresh, young cast that has a lot of charisma. And the storytelling is pretty entertaining and fun...until the last act. Unfortunately, the film takes a major turn at the end and becomes a preachy after school special. Though Mean Girls shows some ambition, it ultimately sticks to the cliches.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2014
    The ending may opt for too much happiness and resolution, but the rest of the film is such an enduring and highly re-watchable comedy that I've never really cared all that much about the more conventional material.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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