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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.

Director:

Mark Waters

Writers:

Rosalind Wiseman (book), Tina Fey (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams ... Regina George (as Rachel Mcadams)
Tina Fey ... Ms. Norbury
Tim Meadows ... Mr. Duvall
Amy Poehler ... Mrs. George
Ana Gasteyer ... Cady's Mom
Lacey Chabert ... Gretchen Wieners
Lizzy Caplan ... Janis Ian
Daniel Franzese ... Damian
Neil Flynn ... Cady's Dad
Jonathan Bennett ... Aaron Samuels
Amanda Seyfried ... Karen Smith
Rajiv Surendra ... Kevin Gnapoor
Elana Shilling Elana Shilling ... Spelling Girl
Graham Kartna Graham Kartna ... Homeschooled Boy
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Storyline

Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, a 16 year old homeschooled girl who not only makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), the ex-boyfriend of queenbee Regina George (Rachel McAdams), but also unintentionally joins The Plastics, led by Regina herself. Join Cady as she learns that high school life can and will be really tough. Written by Bash Cleesattel

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This summer, be part of the in-crowd. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | German | Vietnamese | Swahili

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen Bees and Wannabes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,432,195, 2 May 2004

Gross USA:

$86,058,055

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,970,716
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a real high school, New Trier, which is located in Winnetka, Illinois, in Chicago's North Shore. The school serves a large area of affluent students from five different townships and villages. New Trier, despite the portrayal of mean girl cliques, is actually noted as one of the best high schools in the United States. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when Cady first meets Aaron, her ponytail changes from wavy and low to straight and high. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The teacher talking German in the beginning of the movie speaks French in the German dubbed version. See more »

Connections

Features Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass That Dutch
by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliot), Timbaland, Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur), Vincent Mason (as Vincent L. Mason), Posdnuos (as Kelvin Mercer), Prince Paul, 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 Prince Paul, 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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Queen Bee and Wannabees
22 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Rosalind Wiseman wrote the novel that Tina Fey adapted for the screen. The result, "Mean Girls" is a statement about what it's like to be a student going through high school today. In fact, it presents an ugly side about how school, a place for lasting friendships, camaraderie, and just a place for learning is everything but that, according to what one witnesses. In fact, in order to navigate its cliques and groups, one needs a route map in order not to offend anyone. "Mean Girls" is directed by Mark Waters, who gives it a light touch.

At the center of the story we find Cady, a newly arrived girl who has lived in Africa and has been taught by her parents. Since they are back in the country, they enroll their daughter so she can have the experience of mixing with her peers. Cady, who is a sweet and naive girl unexposed to the real world, finds friendship with a pair of unpopular students, Janis Ian and Damian.

Cady is guided through the ropes by her new friends who suggest to her to penetrate the world of the "Plastic" trio who are the local fashionistas in their school. These young women live to dress for school; instead of studying, the trio has their own set of rules, which totally confuses Cady, who adapts, but she has no feeling for her new acquired friends.

Cady makes the mistake of liking one of the Plastics former boyfriend, the hunky Aaron. When she confesses it to Gretchen, this one tells her that is a no-no according to an unknown code of conduct because Aaron is Regina's former boyfriend, and she is to stay away from him. Cady excels in math, but she decides to play dumb in order to have Aaron like her. That develops into more than friendship until Regina intervenes.

"Mean Girls" will be loved by teen age girls, the audience for which the film is targeted. Lindsay Lohan is immensely appealing as the newly arrived Cady. Rachel McAdams and Lacey Chabert are Regina and Gretchen, respectively. Tina Fey plays one of the teachers in the school who is wrongly accused of being involved in drugs.

The film is fun to watch thanks to the young and talented cast in it.


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