Mean Girls (2004) (PG-13)
Before the Sarah Palin impersonations and the wonderful sitcom "30 Rock", Tina Fey was virtually unknown even to the SNL world. Before the Mark Twain award for humor and the many SAGs, Emmys, and Golden Globes; Tina Fey wrote a screenplay based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman called "Mean Girls".
Cady (pronounced "Katie") has been homeschooled her whole life, not out of religious of practical reasons, but because she lived in Africa until she was sixteen. Now she is faced with something even more daunting that lions and hyenas—highschool.
She quickly learns about the hierarchy and clicks in a highschool and is left hanging out on the outside of the circles of friends. Two students, Janis (a goth girl) and Damian (the gay best friend), welcome her into their arms and help her through the integration process. They warn her to stay away the hot girls who are the typical "cheerleader type" so deemed "the plastics".
So when she is invited to sit at their table during lunch, imagine her surprise since she is a new student and there are much more eligible people to have lunch with the plastics.
The plastics are ruled by Regina (an extremely young Rachel McAdams) with Gretchen and Karen as her cohorts. They gossip and talk about their bodies and make all the other girls jealous...wouldn't it be nice to be them?
Janis, Damian, and Cady all laugh at the materialness of the girls and they hatch a plan. Because Cady has been invited into the secret parts of the plastic clan, she could use that position to bring home funny stories. It begins as just juvenile jokes which escalates into pranks like replacing foot cream with face cream but it all comes to a peak when a man becomes involved.
Aaron Samuels, the guy that sits in front of Cady in math class, who she stares at in a dreamy state the whole time. Aaron is Regina's ex and Cady is dropped unwittingly into a world of 'he said she said they said I saw them doing'....you get the idea.
Jealously, betrayal, and mean girls.
Tina Fey's script is filled with funny one-liners and great comic timing that are now typical of the comedienne, but it has a much deeper message. It's a anti-bullying movie without being about bullying. Basically, it's trying to tell people to just relax and be nicer to each other...the target audience being highschool girls.
Highschool is not a very attractive place in this movie, just as it was in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower".
Lindsay Lohon plays Cady and she does a really good job conveying the growth and change in her character. It's surprising to see her in anything but a orange jumper, but it does make you remember how she used to be a fairly normal person.
I'm not sure that the emotional weight of the script was actually there, it seemed a little too thin under scrutiny; but hey, it's Tina Fey and I like Tina Fey. It's no classic or brilliant work but it is fun and poignant and it entertained me.
Score: 3 stars out of 4
Posted by Micah Jones