If You Don't Like Mean Girls, You're Not Fetch."
Written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Walters, Mean Girls centers around the girl-on-girl battles in high school. Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, has just moved from Africa, where she's stayed the first 16 years of her life, and is now being sent to a public school. She has no idea how to act, no idea how to blend in, which is a joke on itself because it shows that kids in high school - are - asses.
Her second day she befriends the dark outside but light inside Janis Ian, played by Lizzy Caplan, and her gay best friend Damien (Daniel Franzese), who teach Cady about the North Shore's cliques. It is later that day Cady meets the antagonists of the film, the Plastics. Made up of the three richest, nastiest, arrogant girls in the school, the Plastics suck in Cady to be their friend for the week, but Janis uses it to her advantage as Janis has a long hatred for the Queen Bee of the Plastics, Regina George.
Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, is soon to be public enemy number one for Cady also as Regina soon manipulates and takes back Cady's love interest Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett). Our three heroes take charge and hatch a plan to take down the Plastics, and more importantly, Regina. But the plan backfires as Cady, who has to disguise herself as a Plastic, soon becomes the same enemy the have to defeat.
The movie moves along smoothly with as many one-liners and other jokes that are still quoted to this day. Mean Girls never gets full of itself and doesn't try to be something it's not. It surely has its cliche characters (mean, rich blonde, gay guy acting uber gay, dumb blonde, gothic freak) but it finds a way to make them all seem fresh. Each character gets its time to shine morally and comically so even if you can see how redundant they are, you won't care because everyone has you cracking up.
Mean Girls features a great "teen" cast. From Lindsay Lohan to Lizzy Caplan, every face in this film is remarkable. Not super terrific or ground-breaking but perfect for what it is. Lindsay, oh Lindsay. Remember what your last great film was? Yeah, it was Mean Girls. To see Lohan act the way she does in Mean Girls really makes you feel pity for her.
Then there's Lizzy Caplan who, if you've read my Cloverfield, know that I adore her. She can really take any character and make it gold. Playing Janis Ian, she's hilarious, has attitude, makes you fall in love with the devil she is.
But the strongest link in the cast is by far Rachel McAdams. Playing the vicious Regina George in her mid 20s, she's absolutely perfect in this role. She has the attitude of a maniacal b*tch. She's funny, she's strong, she's heaven. Plain and simple.
Mean Girls also homes the star of Amanda Seyfried's career and the ever-so lovely team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Overall, Mean Girls is a rich teen comedy that will last for generations to come. The only other teen comedy in recent years to give it a run for its money is Easy A which, even though might be a little more cleverly written, just doens't hold up to Mean Girls. Mark Walters has surely given us a "chick-flick" that anyone can and STILL enjoy. One of my favorite films in history, Mean Girls gets 5 candy cane grams out of 5, one more than Glen Coco.
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