Movie Stats & Links
Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel
Franzese, Amanda Seyfriend
||Only if you want
to explain the party scene, and why Chlamydia will kill them.
||It's funny for
clothing and sex talk.
||Lots of them.
out, it was just a solid movie.
||Too many to list.
||Mark S. Waters
As disappointed as I was after I left the movie
"Envy," I left "Mean Girls" with a smile on my face.
A Movie Review
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!!!