What’s one of the most common things you’ve heard about Mean Girls before seeing the movie? Was it “seriously, though, Lindsay Lohan is really good in this”? Or “it’s really not a chick flick at all”?
While I wouldn’t classify this film as a “chick flick” per se, I couldn’t really imagine any guys admitting to enjoying it without turning over their man cards. And with regard to Lohan’s capabilities, she really does have some acting chops on her, so it truly is a damn shame that she wound up on such a downward spiral.
Mean Girls came out in 2004, but the text of its opening credits might lead you to believe that you’re smack dab in the middle of the late ‘90s watching a She’s All That clone. And the two do share some of the same elements: a high-school scheme is hatched that will probably ruin someone’s life, the girl who’s not being true to herself can’t get the hot, shallow guy to like her back, the bitchy, pretty girls rule all, and it all culminates in a prom (or “spring fling,” if you will).
The script was written by Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey, and the film was produced by Lorne Michaels - SNL’s king - so it’s no surprise that Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, and Amy Poehler also show up to make this film an SNL-sponsored, high-school themed party. And, like SNL, there are a few good laugh-out-loud moments, the first of which taking place within only the first few minutes of the film when Fey’s teacher character is informed of the “new student” in her class, who hails from Africa, and immediately focuses on the black girl, who pipes up “I’m from Michigan.”
Another laugh-out-loud moment comes in the form of a school bus and is executed in a similar fashion to that of Final Destination. Sort of. That’s all I’ll tell you if you haven’t seen it. If you have seen it, then you too need no further detail but are probably smiling to yourself.
Rachel McAdams is downright gorgeous as the mega-bitch Regina, Lacey Chabert is the typical airhead Gretchen, and Amanda Seyfriend is simply adorable as Karen, the girl who’s too ditzy to live, and you wonder how she manages to get to school every day without falling down a well or something.
Two points of contention I have with this film right off the bat: if The Plastics are really as bitchy as everyone says they are, in the real world, I highly doubt they’d be so willing to take the new kid under their wing, even if it was to make a mockery of her, and certainly not for that long. Also, every scene in which Cady (Lohan) is imagining her peers as animals in the wild is awkward, unfunny, and just no.
And, I’m sorry, Neil Flynn, but even when you’re playing Cady’s father, I can still only see you as The Janitor, the man who haunts J.D. on Scrubs. I half-expected you to pull out a knife-wrench and was rather disappointed that you didn’t. But hey, we're never told what Cady’s father does for a living. Maybe he works as a janitor in a hospital...