Mean Girls

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Funnier and more smartly written than the average teen comedy.



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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 cheerleaders, the stoners, the "cool" kids, and so on. Much to her surprise, Cady finds herself embraced by a clique of rich and popular girls known to outsiders as "the Plastics," led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert), and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried). While Cady is grateful for her new friends, it doesn't take long for her to realize how manipulative they can be, and she soon discovers she's violated an unwritten law when she goes out on a date with Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), who is charming, good looking...and Regina's former boyfriend. It isn't long before Regina and her pals are on the warpath, and Cady must face a level of vengeful behavior for which years in the jungle never prepared her. Joining Tina Fey in the supporting cast are fellow SNL players Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows. The screenplay for Mean Girls was based in part on Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, a book by professional youth counselor Rosalind Wiseman. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Lindsay Lohan
as Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams
as Regina George
Lacey Chabert
as Gretchen Wieners
Amanda Seyfried
as Karen Smith
Tina Fey
as Ms. Norbury
Lizzy Caplan
as Janis Ian
Tim Meadows
as Mr. Duvall
Amy Poehler
as Mrs. George
Ana Gasteyer
as Cady's Mom
Neil Flynn
as Cady's Dad
Jonathan Bennett
as Aaron Samuels
Rajiv Surendra
as Kevin Gnapoor
Elana Shilling
as Spelling Girl
Graham Kartna
as Homeschooled Boy
Ely Henry
as Homeschooled Boy
David Aherne
as Homeschooled Boy
Ayo Agbonkpolo
as African Warrior
Molly Shannon
as Kristen Hadley
Jonathan Malen
as Kristen's Boyfriend
Jeff Moser
as `Farting' Guy
Miranda Edwards
as Michigan Girl
Les Porter
as Chemistry Teacher
Eve Crawford
as English Teacher
Jack Newman
as History Teacher
Michelyn Emelle
as Music Teacher
Bathsheba Garnett
as German Teacher
Ky Pham
as Trang Pak
Danielle Nguyen
as Sun Jin Dinh
Alisha Morrison
as Lea Edwards
Dwayne Hill
as Coach Carr
Jan Carunana
as Emma Gerber
Wai Choy
as Mathlete Tim Pak
Julia Chantrey
as Amber D'Alessio
Jacky Chamberlain
as Giselle Sgro
Olympia Lukis
as Jessica Lopez
Stefanie Drummond
as Bethany Byrd
Jessie Wright
as Cady (age 5)
Stephan Dixon
as Animal Dancer
Andreja Punkris
as Animal Dancer
Noelle Boggio
as Animal Dancer
Jordan Dawe
as Animal Dancer
Alexandra Stapley
as Taylor Wedell
Laura DeCarteret
as Taylor Wedell's Mom
Nicole Crimi
as Kylie George
Erin Thompson
as Dawn Schweitzer
Dan Willmott
as Mr. George
Michelle Hoffman
as Kissing Girl
Valerie Casault
as Kissing Girl
Sharron Matthews
as Joan the Secretary
Jo Chim
as Salesperson
Randi Lee Butcher
as Skater Girl
Erin Jarvis
as Skater Girl
David Sazant
as Marymount Captain
Clare Martina Preuss
as Caroline Krafft
Bruce Hunter
as Mathlete Moderator
Megan Millington
as Junior Plastic
Tara Shelley
as Junior Plastic
Shannon Todd
as Junior Plastic
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  • 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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