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Mean Girls
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Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Amanda Seyfriend
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want to explain the party scene, and why Chlamydia will kill them.
Date Movie: It's funny for both sexes.
Gratuitous Sex: Some slinky clothing and sex talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Nothing gratuitous.
Action: No chasing.
Laughs: Lots of them.
Memorable Scene: Nothing stands out, it was just a solid movie.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Mark S. Waters
Produced By: Lorne Michaels

Mean Girls
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:37 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As disappointed as I was after I left the movie "Envy," I left "Mean Girls" with a smile on my face.

Iím pretty much a sucker for a good "high school this click doesnít get along with that click then someone tries to sabotage someone else in the click and then in the end all the kids in school get along" movie. "Mean Girls" ranks up there with the best of them.

The story kinda goes like this: Lindsay Lohan plays Cady, pronounce Katie. Most of her life has been spent in Africa where her parents were researchers, and as such, sheís been home-schooled all of her life. Well, Mom gets a gig at Northwestern University in Illinois, and now Lindsay is off to her first day of school, literally, and as such, has no idea of the dynamic of the modern day high school. Things start to get a little better as she is befriended by Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). Janis and Damian begin to explain the dynamics of high school life, the difference between the band geeks, Asians, nerds, and of course, the Plastics. The Plastics are those girls who are popular yet you canít hang out with them, and for this movie you get the triplet of Karen (Amanda Seyfriend), sheís the dumb one, Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), the one who is always second best, and Regina (Rachel McAdams), the "queen bee." Being an outsider, the Plastics are fascinated with Cady, with her lack of knowledge of how things are in America, and they let her join their group. At first Cady is apprehensive, but Janis convinces her to play along, learn the secrets of the Plastics, so that one day they can crush the girls into realizing they arenít better than anyone else. And so Cady infiltrates and eventually becomes a Plastic herself. Then, in typical high school movie fashion, Cady realizes she had become the thing she hates, has to fess up to some things she is ashamed of, and in doing so, she shows the entire student body that no one is better than anyone else, and that they should all get along. Alright, Iím giving away the ending, but it wouldnít be a high school movie if it didnít end that way so deal with it.

"Mean Girls" is a funny movie that doesnít shy away from some of the truths of high school today. The clicks will always be there, but this movie is a little more open about sex and parties, although I did wonder how Cady got her house cleaned up before the parents returned. Lindsay does great in going from the transition of naÔve student, to investigative student, to becoming a Plastic, to becoming herself again. And her supporting staff is great as well, with Lizzy coming off well as the "everyone thinks sheís a lesbian" girl, Amanda really coming across as the dumb Plastic, and Rachel does well portraying the "queen bee" role, not realizing she is being sabotaged, and then freaking out when she realizes she isnít the one in control anymore.

Sure, this movie is directed at the teen girl audience, but I think anyone who made it through high school with only a few emotional scars will be able to find humor and relate to the characters in this movie.

To wrap things up, Iíll give "Mean Girls" 4 stars out of 5. I laughed a lot, even Tim Meadows was funny in his role, and Tina Fey almost takes her shirt off. Thatís enough for me.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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