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Mean Girls

March 2, 2010

Director: Mark Waters
Writer: Tina Fey
Based on the Novel by:
Rosalind Wiseman 
Producers: Lourne Michaels 
Starring: Lindsay Lohan/Rachel McAdams/Amanda Seyfried/Lacey Chabert/Tina Fey 
Year: 2004
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12a
Duration: 97 minutes

Known very well for her lead role in this movie, Lindsay Lohan stars in this bitch-tastic film full of backstabbing, lying, cheating and bitching…and I unexpectedly loved every second of it. Raised in 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 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time and encounters psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today. Can Cady survive Girl World? So there are a load of teen movies out there that are very tired, disappointing and weak but Mean Girls differs from them. It pretty much ticks all the boxes to make a successful teen comedy that viewers will remember for years: hilarious quotes, loveable characters and some funny gags and also gives the viewers in-sight to what happens in modern High School life.

The characters are fantastic and you can really tell how much time and care has been put into making them, from Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ a cool word to Karen thinking her breasts can tell the weather. The writers are also very clever in making you always side with Cady even when she’s gone too far and the script was written brilliantly as there were a lot of funny one-liners that no-one would forget in a hurry. The acting in the movie is quite simply charming and charismatic, especially Lindsay Lohan, The Plastics and Daniel Franzese (for the awesome talent show scene).

I don’t exactly have any criticism for this movie except for that I wanted it to be longer. I felt the ending was timed great to the movie, it wasn’t rushed yet it didn’t drag. All in all, Mean Girls is one of the best teen movies I have seen as it has a smartly-written comical script, fantastic direction and great pace. Any type of audience, male or female, can watch this and would all agree that it’s a rare teen comedy gem. This is a cut above your average teen movie and is definitely up there with 10 Things I Hate About You, American Pie and Superbad.

9/10

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