Mean Girls 2004

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Cady Heron is a cultural blank slate when she first sets foot on the grounds of North Shore High School in a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois. After living in Africa, Cady, now a junior, has no idea how "wild" things can be in civilization until she crosses paths with one of the meanest species of all, the "Queen Bee," who at this particular high school is the cool and calculating Regina George. But Cady doesn't just cross paths with this Queen Bee--she really stings her when she falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels. Now Regina is set to sting back by pretending to still like Aaron so he won't go out with Cady, all the while pretending to be her friend. With no choice but to use the same M.O. to stay in the game, the "Girl World" one-upmanship escalates until the entire school gets dragged into a first-class mean-fest.

Starring:
Krysta Carter, Daniel Franzese
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Krysta Carter, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett, Neil Flynn, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Daniel DeSanto, Rachel McAdams, Courtney Chase, Lizzy Caplan, Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler
Director Mark Waters, Mark S. Waters
Genres Comedy
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 October 2004
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "dont_you_want_me_baby" on 15 May 2005
Format: DVD
'The setting - a mall in Illonois, when the animals are in heat. They gather around the watering hole, showing signs of affection and signs of aggresion to their counterparts. The different species stay apart from one another. The animals are watched over consistently by their leaders, pampered and preened.'
Fine, so you may be forgiven for thinking this is a review of Wildlife on One. But this is one of the many subtle messages sent across during Mean Girls. This film has been dismissed by many as a 'chick flick.' Those narrow-minded people are wrong.
Tina Fey took this idea from the book, Queenbees and Wannabees, a factual look at high school cliques. Fey wrote, and starred in, this comedic,fictional look at today's youth.
It could almost be my high school she is reviewing. Every school has a clique problem. Cady is a New Girl. Home-schooled in Africa from the age of four, she takes her fist steps into high school at sixteen.
Northshore is divided into groups, as shown on Janice's map of the cafeteria. There are "the J. V. Jocks, Asian Nerds, Cool Asians, Girls who Eat their Feelings, Girls who eat Nothing at All ..." and the list goes on. Every school has them. I had the displeasure of watching this film with my extremely schocked mother, who recognised her three children in the characters. Alright, so the ideas are over the top, and the supporting cast are occasionally over-played, but the idea is spot-on. All teenagers are the same, they all do act like animals, everybody gets grounded, evrybody has house parties, everybody has a crush on her best friends boyfriend.
But the most obvious things about this film are the relationships between characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. Sinton on 16 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
Mean girls is a film that will appeal not just to teenagers but to anyone with a sense of humour...particularly if you like your humour black.
Lindsay Lohan stars as a young girl who has been taught at home all of her life and is joining high school for the first time. Cady and her parents have been living in Africa and she soon realises that being at school isn't all that different. There are clear demarkations betwen the various species such as the 'plastics', the 'geeks' and so on.
The film has some hilarious moments as Cady tries to find her niche in this jungle. As with most 'teen' movies, there is a moral at the end but thankfully this isn't saccharine in any way. Great fun.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "l-tunbridge" on 24 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
When first sitting down to watch this I didn't expect a lot from it, I thought it would be your average teen movie. How wrong I was. I was hooked from the start and found it very enjoyable to watch.
There are some very good performances in this from Tina Fey, Lyndsay Lohan and Rachael McAdams to name just three.
The special features on the DVD are also very good with a gag reel, trailer, and featurettes among other things.
This film is well worth buying, definately good value for money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2005
Format: DVD
This film is definitely a chick flick, but don't let that stop you from watching it. I loved it, plenty of teenage girls love it, and I even got my friend, who violently hates this type of film, to enjoy it. See? It's good!!
Mean Girls is about a girl called Cady who starts high school in America after having lived in Africa for most of her life, and is freaked out by all the cliques, like geeks, jocks, burn outs and most importantly, the snobby, popular Plastics. Regina, the leader of the Plastics, invites Cady to join their group, but when Cady develops a crush on Regina's ex boyfriend, Regina is completely infuriated and 'takes him back' from under Cady's nose. The rest of the film is basically about Cady trying to wreck Regina's life. I would give this film about 100 out of ten. It's really funny, even though the ending has "CHEESE" written all over it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of the best films I've ever seen. If you're around 15 years old, you'll totally love it! You can really relate to Cady and what she's going through at high school. It seems so real it's untrue! It's also an ace comedy, I laugh every other minute and watch it all the time! It's definitely worth getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Alderton on 26 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Mean girls, over the last couple of years, has become my favourite film. Now, call me biased in my review, but I can honestly say that I can not fault Mean Girls in anyway shape or form. The idealisation of stereotypical characters set in a high school is tricky to achieve in terms of character development and story lines. Perhaps a few issues within Mean Girls are quite serious, but blending that into the realism of this movie creates this sense of light-hearted entertainment that sends sparks of realism, just blown up and out of proportion. The acting within this film is comical and believable (although as I'm slowly watching and re-watching Mean Girls, the actors are seemingly older than the characters they play).

It, by chance, might not be a few people's cup of tea, since it is a teenage comedy/ romance, but I do believe that this movie is intended for the teenage audience. This therefore captures everything you need to draw in teenagers: sex, alcohol, parties, bullying, funny story twists and a general solid high school characters that they can relate to in some aspect of their life. If you are into the teenage comedy, then this is your movie! Do take warning that is does contain explicit language about drugs, violence, alcohol and sex, so don't show this movie to anyone that will ask those awkward questions about sex.

I must add that once you watch it and keep on re-watching it, it will never tire. I must have watched it over fifty times already and I am always wanting to know what's next and quoting the characters. The appeal of the teenage setting is also one that will stick with me because it has created my own adolescent memories that I can not say I would have had if it was not for this movie. Lindsey Lohan does a brilliant job at being the innocent victim, then becoming her own worst enemy that then changes the fate of the school forever.

This movie is fetch.
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