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Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 30 April 2004 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cady Heron
... Regina George (as Rachel Mcadams)
... Ms. Norbury
... Mr. Duvall
... Mrs. George
... Cady's Mom
... Gretchen Wieners
... Janis Ian
... Damian
... Cady's Dad
... Aaron Samuels
... Karen Smith
... Kevin Gnapoor
Elana Shilling ... Spelling Girl
Graham Kartna ... Homeschooled Boy
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Storyline

Cady Heron, a home-schooled girl lives in Africa whose parents are zoologist, now she, as a teenager, is in high school and decided to fit in. She fits in with the popular kids in high school, "The Plastics", whom her friends wanted to forbid her from fitting in with them. She decided to hang out with Regina George, a popular girl and her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels. Written by Dynasti Noble

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying | See all certifications »

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30 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Queen Bees and Wannabes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,432,195, 2 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$86,058,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,042,871
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Trivia

The skirts for the Christmas talent show are made of plastic; the costume designer says they were made of that material to "represent the Plastics." See more »

Goofs

The black and white vase Cady's mom calls her "Ndebele fertility vase" is not typical of Ndebele art. The Ndebele people make fertility dolls, not fertility pots. See more »

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[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.
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The senior artist credit is misspelled "SENIOR ARTITST". See more »

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Referenced in Cinemadonna: A League of Their Own (2015) See more »

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Pass That Dutch
by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliot), Tim Mosley, Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason (as Vincent L. Mason), Posdnuos (as Kelvin Mercer), Paul Huston, Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown (as Harold Ray I. Brown), Morris D. Dickerson, Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy J. Jordan), Lee Oskar, Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller), and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Performed by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Courtesy of Elecktra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Contains a sample of "Potholes in My Lawn" by Paul Huston, Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason (as Vincent L. Mason), and Posdnuos (as Kelvin Mercer)
Performed by De La Soul
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Contains a sample of "Magic Mountain"
by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown as (Harold Ray I. Brown), Morris D. Dickerson, Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy L. Jordan), Lee Oskar, Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller), and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Performed by Eric Burdon and War
Courtesy of Avenue Records/Far Out Productions, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Fun & worth seeing
20 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Mean Girls" is a fun movie that can be enjoyed thoroughly by the adult set as well as its seeming target audience, teens. The flick opens up with Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) embarking on her first day of the jungle that is high school ever as she has been home-schooled in Africa her whole life. After some initial bumps in the road, she manages to befriend two "artsy" misfits, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). Surprisingly, however, she is also quickly welcomed into the Plastics, a group of uber-popular girls who seem to be simultaneously admired and resented by all. On Janis's urgings, Cady infiltrates the Plastics, and her mission becomes personal when the Plastics leader, Regina (Rachel McAdams), stabs Cady in the back.

"Mean Girls" is indeed an exaggerated version of reality, but its depiction of the brutality and ridiculousness of high school and the need to find and stay true to oneself within a social construct manage to ring true. It does not stray away from or gloss over the dark humor that high school inevitably draws out nor is it apologetic in its over-the-topness. The result is a hilarious, well-written/performed film that is unpredictable and worth seeing.

Lindsay Lohan shows us once again that not only is an actress with range and a deft comedienne, she is also extremely likable and charismatic. Other stand-out performances go to Caplan and Franzese as well as Tina Fey (who plays a teacher), Amanda Seyfried (as one of the Plastics, Karen), and McAdams. McAdams, probably best known as the title character in "The Hot Chick", is an actress who continues surprise me with her great comedic skills (don't believe me? Watch her deleted scenes from "The Hot Chick" DVD. I liked them better than the whole movie!!).

All in all, this flick is great fun and more well-done than might be initially expected!


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