On April 30, 2004, the PG answer to Heathers and Jawbreaker known as Mean Girls was unleashed and the comedic look inside the breakdown of girls, high school cliques and the need to be popular blew up worldwide.
Based on the book, “Queen Bees and Wannabees” and adapted by Tina Fey for the big screen, Mean Girls holds importance for a myriad of reasons – a comedy about females written BY a female then adapted to the big screen by another female starring a slew of young Hollywood’s finest (and some unknowns who got a HUGE career boost), is NOT a rom-com AND I know tons of straight and gay men who find this film hilarious.
In case you’ve never seen the film (in which I’ll gasp in shock), here’s a quick synopsis:
“Cady Heron (Lindsey Lohan) is a 16-year-old homeschooled daughter of zoologist parents who’ve returned to the U.S. after spending 12-years in Africa and having Cady attend public school for the first time. New classmates Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese) warn Cady to avoid the school’s most exclusive clique, The Plastics, who are led by queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams). The Plastics take an interest in Cady and invite her to sit with them at lunch. When Regina pulls the rug out from under Cady (because Cady has a crush on Regina’s ex) at a Halloween party in order to teach her a lesson, Janis hatches a plan of revenge against Regina, using Cady as the infiltrator.” *Source
But like with all things new and shiny to someone who’s never really had them, Cady begins to gradually mutate into one of The Plastics, forgetting the original mission and becoming engrossed in her own superficial needs and when caught, it’s Regina who decides to cut Cady back down to size.
In one of my fave scenes, Janis gives Cady the cafeteria breakdown of who sits where…
What also is amazing about the film is that it was made for $17 million and took in $24.4 million opening weekend and went on to bring in $129 million worldwide and ten years later STILL can be seen on TV (but skip the horrid sequel), DVD rental (for those who still do that) and live-streaming apps.
Mean Girls still sits on many “Best High School Films” lists as well as a timeless quality that some films don’t have, the source material for the book/film hasn’t changed one iota – these cliques all existed when I was in high school many moons ago and still exist today.
Not only is the film trending in TWO different categories on Twitter (Mean Girls, Mean Girls 10th Anniversary), theaters around the country are showing the film today, including Los Angeles’s own New Beverly Cinema tonight at 7:30 pm.
I may very well be there…and yes, you can sit with us!
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