Mean Girls

April 30th, 2004

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Mean Girls

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Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.9/10 (94,922 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Mark Waters

Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams

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 16-year-old enters public high school for the first time and encounters psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today.

Writers: Rosalind Wiseman, Tina Fey

Lindsay Lohan - Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams - Regina George
Ana Gasteyer - Cady's Mom
Lacey Chabert - Gretchen Wieners
Tina Fey - Ms. Norbury
Lizzy Caplan - Janis Ian
Amy Poehler - Mrs. George
Daniel Franzese - Damian
Neil Flynn - Cady's Dad
Jonathan Bennett - Aaron Samuels
Tim Meadows - Mr. Duvall
Amanda Seyfried - Karen Smith
Rajiv Surendra - Kevin Gnapoor
Elana Shilling - Spelling Girl
Graham Kartna - Homeschooled Boy

Taglines: Survival of the Ruthless


Official Website: Paramount Pictures |

Release Date: 30 April 2004

Filming Locations: Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,432,195 (USA) (2 May 2004) (2839 Screens)

Gross: $86,049,418 (USA) (5 September 2004)

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Did You Know?

Cady gets very excited at the dance when she "actually recognizes" one of the songs being played. That song is "Built This Way," which was performed and co-written by London-born singer-songwriter and DJ Samantha Ronson. About four years after the release of this movie, and after several years of press speculation, Lindsay Lohan and Ronson acknowledged they were in a romantic relationship.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The black and white vase Cady's mum calls her "Ndebele fertility vase" is not typical of Ndebele art. The Ndebele people make fertility dolls, not fertility pots.

[first lines]
Chip Heron: This is your lunch, OK? I put a dollar in there so you can buy some milk; you can ask one of the big kids where to do that.
Betsy Heron: Do you remember your phone number? I wrote it down for you just in case. Put it in your pocket, I don't want you to lose it. OK? You ready?
Cady: I think so.

User Review

Best Teen Movie Ever

Rating: 7/10

Lindsay Lohan plays a teen girl trying to get along at a new high school. This time, she plays a girl home schooled in Africa, whose first experience at a public school is marred by a clique of nasty girls called the Plastics, who use gossip and other torture techniques to try to ruin her social life.

The story makes it sound like another generic teen film but this one is actually quite funny and realistic. The most cynical person will point out that this is a cheap rip off of Heathers and they are similar. While Heathers is a good movie, mean Girls is an even better movie. I think Mean Girls is very good for a number of reasons. First, the script is actually creative and smart. Tina Fey seems to understand that teens want comedies they can relate to and she did that with Mean Girls. Of course, there were a few lame scenes but nothing that kills the film. Tina Fey should leave SNL and focus on her career in movies.

Second, the acting is very good and convincing. Rachel McAdams offers the best and funniest performance as Regina. Her character is very mean (hence the title) yet I found it so hard to actually hate her. She has this charm that sucks the audience in on her and its so hard to hate her. Lindsay Lohan also gives a good performance as Cady. Her best scenes are with Rachel. They have very good chemistry together. The other plastics are played by Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried. They also give good performances and the scenes that have all the plastics together are very entertaining. The rest of the supporting cast are pretty good and Tina Fey also has a small role as Cady's math teacher.

Another reason why Mean Girls is so good is because it's actually funny for people over the age of 21. It's not just for teens but also for adults. Mark Waters is proving to be very good at directing harmless comedies like Freaky Friday and this one. He keeps the film short yet enormously entertaining. I really don't understand how someone could actually give this movie a one. I understand some people finding it over the top or stupid but it doesn't deserve a one. In the end, this smart and funny teen movie deserves to be seen. Rating 8/10

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