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Mean Girls
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Apr 14, 2009 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Mark Waters

Actors:
Lindsay Lohan
Rachel McAdams
Tina Fey

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The charming new girl at school (Lohan) finds herself mixed in with a trio of snobs called The Plastics, and soon learns their tricks to being--you guessed it--a mean girl.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Cady (Lindsay Lohan) has lived most of her life in Africa, raised amongst the native and wildlife by her zoologist parents. But that was then, and this is high school, a dangerous world of hall passes and disapproving cliques: there are the jocks, the burn-outs, the “sexually-active band geeks”…

And then there’s The Plastics, the most wicked of then all. In order of social importance, there’s Queen Bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams), rich gossiper Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert), and dumb-as-they-come Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried).

They’re the type who gush over a classmate’s hip new fashion accessory (like, say, a bracelet their mother made them) and then, behind their back, mock them and stamp them a “slut.” They’re monsters, but they’ve earned it because, like most high school bitches, they’re “regulation hotties.” But so is Cady. And soon she falls in with The Plastics because a) look at her, and b) her outcast friends, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese), beg her to infiltrate them and get their secrets as a form of revenge for past bullying.

But this is not Heathers (meaning no one is murdered--though someone does get hit by a bus). Much of the revenge in Mean Girls comes in the form of lighter fare, like weight-gain bars and strategically-delivered candy canes, with the occasional venom spread throughout--like the Burn Book, a thick collection of vicious insults directed at classmates (“Dawn Schweitzer is a fat virgin!”) and faculty (“Ms. Norbury is a sad, old drug pusher!”) of North Shore High.

Still, Mean Girls is much sharper and more wicked than you’d be led to believe considering the pink, glossy ad posters and the source. Much credit here goes to screenwriter Tina Fey who, despite throwing in a handful of safe clichés (the worn-out prom sequence!) and with aid from a talented cast (Lohan, McAdams, et al.), turns Rosalind Wiseman’s plotless parental handbook, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes,’ into one of the more lively, enjoyable, and yes, fetch high school movies in recent years.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary by Director Mark Waters, Screenplay Writer & Actress Tina Fey, and Producer Lorne Michaels: The trio provides a fairly basic commentary, lobbing out production stories and details throughout. Still, it’s a bit stale when compared to the featurettes.

Featurettes: Waters, Fey, Lindsay Lohan, and others don’t cover much ground in Only the Strong Survive (24:52) considering the runtime, giving an extended overview of the casting of the primary and second characters. In The Politics of Girl World (10:33), author Rosalind Wiseman comes off a bit more serious than the movie’s tone, discussing the teenage girl’s image and working in a plug for her anti-violence organization, which is targeted at teenage boys and girls. And in Plastic Fashion (10:25), the oh-so-important outfits of Mean Girls are covered using photos and test footage.

Word Vomits (5:43) is a compilation of flubbed lines and fits of laughter from the cast.

So Fetch (7:01): There are nine here, available with optional commentary from Waters and Fey. Highlights include Cady rigging Regina’s scale and Cady learning her parents have been eaten by cannibals…

Interstitials (1:39) are three promos featuring The Plastics and Cady.

Theatrical Trailer (HD).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Five years after it was released, Mean Girls remains near the top of the list of best high school movies of the '00s thanks to a clever script and winning performances.

Worth the Double Dip?: Not with all these rehashed extras (only one of which--the trailer--is in HD)! The transfers are definitely improvements over the DVD, but unless you absolutely need to see every last freckle on Lindsay Lohan's arms, an up-converted DVD will look just fine.
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