Mean Girls

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Neil Flynn, Jonathan Bennett, Rajiv Surendra
Written By: Rosalind Wiseman (book), Tina Fey (screenplay)
Directed By: Mark S. Waters
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was going to be another teen movie with stupid jokes and meaningless banter. I was wrong!

Mean Girls is based off the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence” by Rosalind Wiseman. The film stars Lindsey Lohan as a home schooled girl named Cady, who’s been in Africa most her life with her parents. She moves back home to the U.S. and has to go to the local high school. Cady thinks the wild life of Africa is just like High School. She meets 2 outsider art freaks and becomes friends with them. One is the goth looking rebel named Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and then the gay guy, Damian (Daniel Franzese). Her 2 new friends explain to her, each clique in the school. They tell her to avoid at all costs, “The Plastics.” The Plastics consist of beautiful and superficial bitchy girls. There’s the leader, Regina (Rachel McAdams), the generally nice but says things she shouldn’t friend named Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and the dumb blonde Karen (Amanda Seyfried). One day, Regina helps Cady out of a situation that involves a boy and the Plastics invite her to sit at the table with them. Cady doesn’t know what to think about this, and Janis & Damian want her to hang out with the Plastics to get all the dirt on them. Cady becomes friends with them, sort of, and starts to become what she disliked. She then falls for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, and Regina starts to play games with Cady. Then the girl wars starts to begin. They both take their claws out and battle it out.

When this movie was out in theaters, I was surprised to hear that Tina Fey wrote the screenplay to this. I think she’s a brilliant comedy writer and glad to see her finally writing a movie, and co-starring in one. Plus i’m extremely attractive to her. I don’t know what it is, it has to be the glasses. A nice bonus is that you see her in a bra in the beginning of the movie haha. I like the bookworm types, what can I say. Lindsey Lohan has quickly become a overnight celeb, for many reasons I suppose. I didn’t even know about her until Freaky Friday came out, but she’s cute and acted great in this film. She can be both wholesome and sexy at the same time. Amy Poehler was pretty freakin’ funny as Regina’s mom, and I think some of her scenes were the stand-out ones. Like for instance, she went to hug Cady, her big fake breast hurt Cady haha. It’s the little things (well big things), that made the movie funny. Amy Poehler is another one I fancy. Let’s face it, most of males that saw or going to see Mean Girls wanted to see the females in this movie. And yes, there are many hot girls in this movie, but it’s also something more than that.

Mean Girls is a smart teen comedy, and we haven’t really one of those in awhile. I loved the different type of cliques in the movie, and I remember my school being like that. At first, I was in the popular crowd, and then I grew up and reached the age of outsider-ism. I was one of the art freaks who listened to punk and hated everyone. Actually, i’m still like that! haha. So if there were people I would have hung out with in the movie, it probably would have been Janis and Damian. They just seemed like the “piss people off” type of crowd and I was like that in school & college. I think the movie had a lot of realistic characteristics that you don’t usually see in teen movies. The dialogue & characters seemed more real, and also the situations that happened in the movie seemed realistic as well. Usually movies show guys being the jerks. If this movie proves anything, it’s that woman can be just as vicious, or even more so than guys! Some of the stuff just seemed really cruel. It was funny, but cruel! I liked how the movie ended as well. The extremely funny scene at the end that involves a bus was certainly a shock. I still laughed my head off at that scene. The movie shouldn’t have had a prom scene though because EVERY high school movie has a prom in it. Believe me, the prom isn’t the biggest thing in high school. It’s getting the hell out of the school, that’s the biggest thing. Maybe i’m bitter since my junior prom was a complete disaster haha. But that’s another story for another time. But I liked the cycle of people growing up, getting along after all the crap they went through, and then watching the younger kids doing the exact same thing they did a year ago. That instance is really true and I’ve seen that happen many times.

There is a fair share of extras on here for people to enjoy. There’s full length commentary with the director Mark Waters, writer/actress Tina Fey and producer Lorne Michaels. I didn’t get a chance to listen to commentary because I never saw the movie and wanted to watch it. “Only the Strong Survive” featurette is about a half hour long and it shows all the actresses talking about high school. How it related to their lives and they also talk about their characters. The featurette has Tina Fey talking about how she read the book and wanted to make a movie about it. There was some other things in there as well that were pretty interesting. “Word Vomit”, the blooper reel was real funny. Those clips were basically just the cast screwing up a line, acting up in front of the camera, and improvising their lines. One clip that was laugh out loud funny was when Amy Poehler was telling Rachel McAdams to wiggle her tail in her sexy Halloween costume. She then told her to lick her fingers, and Amy Poehler came over to Rachel and put her legs up on her body! The deleted scenes weren’t bad either. There were a few scenes that shouldn’t have been cut like Regina having to take those weight gain bars after her accident; when she already mistakenly took those since Cady told her to. I also liked the deleted scenes where Cady was talking with her mom but it had subtitles to what they really meant. Sort of a “Captain Subtext” scene if you will. Yes, gotta throw in a Coupling reference in a review here and there. And the last deleted scene that I liked was when Tina Fey said that she’s glad that the math quiz team won and not everything turns to crap on her, and then her car falls apart haha. You can listen to commentary for the deleted scenes and figured out why they were cut. Other extras include some more featurettes, some trailers and more!

Overall, Mean Girls is a smart teen comedy with some great writing by SNL’s Tina Fey. The movie also includes a lot of hot girls, if that’s a selling point. I was really surprised how much I liked this movie and if you are curious about it, check it out!

– Commentary By Director Mark Waters, Screenwriter & Actress Tina Fey and Producer Lorne Michaels
– Three Featurettes: Only The Strong Survivor The Politics of Girl World Plastic Fashion
– Blooper Reel
– So Fetch
-Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Mark Waters and Screenplay Writer Tina Fey
– 3 Interstitials
– Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.78:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Damian yells at the girl in the bathroom, The Gym Teacher’s dialogue was great! Amy Poehler was hilarious, Damian getting hit by the show while singing, the bus scene.
Rating: PG-13
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