Mean Girls (2004)

“I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me… but I can’t help it that I’m so popular. “

Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett and Rachel McAdams

Mean Girls

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is the new girl at school. After being home schooled throughout her life, high school is a brand new experience for her. Luckily she finds friends in Damien (Daniel Franzese) and Janis (Lizzy Caplan), identifying with their inability to fit in with one of the many social groups around school.

Inadvertently Cady makes friends with the most powerful and popular clique, the Plastics. Made up of Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert), Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) and head plastic Regina George (Rachel McAdams), the 3 are known to all students around school, having a reputation that sees them rule the corridors.

Through Cady, Damien and Janis believe they can get their own back on the threesome for all of the hurtful things they’ve done, so devise a plan to break the clique from the inside. Cady starts to be drawn in by the glitzy life the Plastics lead though as well as the good-looking boys that line-up for them, including Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron (Jonathan Bennett) who she has her eye on.

Mean Girls is a great chic flick. Full of laughs and playful dialogue, it’s a girly film that will always be one I reach for when I want to watch something light hearted. Lohan is great as Cady, she has a fresh, new quality about her that shines on screen, even though this wasn’t her first major role, that being The Parent Trap.

As a whole the film feels as though it has been cast just right, especially with Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury and Tim Meadows as Principal Duvall, both bring some great humour to the film. Their comedic timing is flawless, though I guess that’s a given as they’re both comedians in other work they do.

While Means Girls is predicable in parts, it’s just a fun film that’s meant to be enjoyed for what it is. For a girly night in, a few laughs or just as a lazy Sunday watch, Mean Girls should be the film you reach for.

Star rating:  7.5/10

Directed by Mark Waters.

Running time 97 minutes.

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