Mean Girls

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett.  Rating 12A


Teen comedies tend to fall into three brackets: the sudden hit phenomena along the lines of American Pie, the actually well done, funny ones like Legally Blonde (though not the sequel) and the atrocious abominations that literally only a select group of giggly 12 year olds find entertaining. Mean Girls surprisingly falls into that middle group. I don't see it being a sensational hit, but it's a worthwhile giggle. Lindsay Lohan is one to watch for the uprising teen actors section; she comes across perfectly as Cady Heron, a girl home-schooled in Africa until she turns 16 and then thrown into the mayhem that is an American high school. It's an unusual and intriguing premise and allows for some interesting evolutionary psychology as well as plenty of stereotypes to be aired throughout the film.

Cady gets sucked into the world of the 'Plastics'. I believe in my school we called those the 'Brady's' - the rich, popular girls who care much more about what colour they're allowed to wear on a Wednesday than actually making real friends. The Plastics are ruled by Regina George (McAdams), which is all very well until Cady falls for Regina's ex, Aaron Samuels (Bennett, an attractive enough lead for a teen comedy; bound to be seen again soon). Cady's other two friends, the outcast Goth and gay Janis and Damian (Caplan; Franzese), help her plot revenge when Regina claims Aaron back and the intense jealousy and silly ploys ensue.

All in all it sounds a bit frivolous doesn't it? And some parts are downright ridiculous, but who doesn't need a childish giggle session every now and then? There are some good laughs and the analysis of teen life must be familiar to nearly 100% of us who've ever attended a school. I'm sure there are better teen comedies, I'm not an expert, but there are certainly a lot worse.


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