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563. Mean Girls

Published May 17, 2015

Background info

Title: Mean Girls Director: Mark Waters Year: 2004 Run time: 1hr 37m

“Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron thinks she knows about “survival of the fittest.” But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled High School Junior enters public high school for the first time and falls prey to the psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today.”

Live blog

0:55 - Aww, sweet and innocent Lindsay. 3:19 - I didn’t know Tina Fey was in this. Love her. 6:32 - “I like math… it’s the same in every country.” Genius. 8:51 - Her t-shirt say Rubbish. I want one that says Rrrrubbish. 11:45 - “It’s so fetch.” Ahh, forgot about fetch! 15:19 - Haha, the rules of feminism. That would make interesting reading. 22:08 - “Sometimes older people make jokes.” 25:08 - Grool! 27:06 - Zombie bride, ex-wife, that’s some kind of genius. 31:12 - “In girl world, all the fighting had to be sneaky.” 34:33 - What is this candy cane sending business all about? 41:04 - Gretchen really is the worst at keeping secrets. 42:27 - Trying to get the boy to the auditorium is hilarious. 47:43 - “I have a fifth sense.” 55:34 - Ladysmith Black Mambazo reference. Amazing. 1:02:40 - Oh god the screaming. That’s a whole new level of rage. 1:13:17 - I wish I’d had Ms Norbery as a teacher. 1:17:30 - “Your mum doesn’t hate you. She’s just afraid of you.” 1:22:07 - Love the backwards K. 1:29:31 - I’m pretty sure you could have someone’s eye out, throwing broken plastic around.

Conclusions

Mean Girls is one of those classic films that I watched once and promptly forgot about, but  enjoyed the hype that surrounded it. For example, I’d forgotten that “fetch” was a thing (or that it was trying to be a thing) until we watched this and it all came flooding back.

As a film to watch after some pretty serious endeavours recently, this was perfect. Teen movie, girls being bitchy to each other, some great one liners and jokes, and generally a lot of fun to be had. It’s not perfect, but you can see why it has the same cult status as Clueless - a film of a very similar nature.

As always with films like this, it was also fun to see the younger actors and actresses in action - Lindsay Lohan before she went rogue, and also Rachel McAdams who we didn’t really recognise until it was too late! Great film, lots of fun, a proper cult classic.

Rating: 4/5.

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