Mean Girls (2004) Film Review


Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohen) has spent most of her life in Africa with her zoologist parents, but has been brought back to the US for the final part of her education. She is unused to the politics and cliques of an American school, and quickly makes friends with a couple of outsiders, Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). But when there is the opportunity for Cady to be included in the clique of the most popular and meanest girls in school, Janis and Damian convince her to bring them down from the inside. But things go wrong as Cady seems to be becoming one of them.

The screenplay for the film was written by Tina Fey based on the Rosalind Wiseman book Queen Bees and Wannabes, and I wanted to totally love it for this. There is certainly a lot to love about the film; it is witty and funny, and many of the characters are totally awesome. There was just something that didn’t quite work for me. Whilst she did seem very naïve and sweet as Cady, I did not buy the relationships that Cady was forming. Especially her crush on Aaron (Jonathan Bennett) – there seemed to be very little chemistry there. It’s always awesome seeing Tina Fey and Amy Poeler on-screen, and I’m a big fan of Rachel McAdams (who is the magnificently horrible Regina George), but the whole time I watched this, I wished I were watching Heathers.

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