Mean Girls (2004)

DailyView: Day 328, Movie 471

So I saw that Mean Girls was leaving Paramount + this month, and I had it on my list to watch for the entirety of the DailyView. I also had just watched Three O’Clock High today, which could fall into a similar genre category as Mean Girls so everything seemed perfect.

I have to say, I really enjoyed Mean Girls. I found it funny and sadly more realistic than I would like it to be. I certainly did not have as many “eye-rolling, that would never happen spots” as I did in Three O’Clock High. Sure there were several moments where unlikely events occurred, perhaps taking things into a hyper-elevated exaggeration, but there was more of a ring of truth in Mean Girls than I expected.

Did I mention that it was funny?

Cady (Lindsey Lohan) had spent her whole life living in Africa and being home schooled by her parents (Neil Flynn and Ana Gasteyer) until her mom got a new job and she had to go to public school. She was the new student with little understanding of the social cliques that exist in a high school. She met Janis (Lizzy Ian) and Damian (Daniel Franzese) who told her about the Plastics. The Plastics were the “popular” girls who no one liked, but everyone idolized, including Queen Bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams) and her two followers Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and Karen (Amanda Seyfried).

When Regina brought Cady into the circle, Janis convinced Cady to become a spy inside the Plastics and to tell her all the terrible things that they did. However, as Cady was portraying her role, her role became too method and Cady became as bad any any of the girls.

And look out for those buses.

I found the film to be extremely well-written, clever in the dialogue and the voice over (done by Lohan) and the crazy situations were elevated just enough to not make them totally unbelievable.

There were some awesome performances. I loved Tina Fey as the down-to-earth math teacher and Tim Meadow as the put-upon principal, Mr. Duvall. Both of these SNL alums knew how to deliver the comedic moments while staying real. I was not a huge fan of Amy Poehler’s role as Regina’s mother. She felt too fictional, too hyperbolic.

I found this to be one of my favorite teen comedy films and I thought this was really well done.

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