Friday, November 16, 2007

Mean Girls by Pam Fletcher

Mean Girls is a 2004 “teen movie” directed by Mark Waters. The premise of the movie is based around 15 year old Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, attending public school for the first time in her life after moving with her family to Chicago from Africa where she was home schooled. This movie comically deals with the trials and tribulations of being a teen girl looking for acceptance. First, Cady is befriended by two of the unpopular group: Damian-self proclaimed homosexual, and Janice-public proclaimed (falsely) homosexual. The fun (or drama) begins when the three of them plot together to take down “The Plastics”, the 3 most popular, nasty yet fashionable A-listers in the school, led by Regina George, the nastiest of all. The movie is accurately rated PG13 as it would not be appropriate for under the age of 13 due to sexual content, language and teen partying.

Although this film is marketed as a comedy, and at times is “over the top”, it truly is a pretty accurate dramatic portrayal of high school life, just to the extreme. The girls in this movie are presented as very shallow, conceited, fake or dumb. I would say that this movie actually sets feminism back a couple of generations, but I think the intent was actually to make fun of the stereotypical girl “teen scene”.

I did happen to enjoy Mean Girls. It was reminiscent of high school; the good, the bad and the ridiculous. Cady changed her personality to match who her friends were at the time. It was amazing to watch the transformation of innocence to nasty. So, it was entertaining because it made fun of true to life events and how absurd high school drama can be.

For more information on the movie “Mean Girls” you may visit the following sites: (movie trailer available)

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