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Mean Girls by Tim Meadows

Mean Girls (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Tim Meadows (Actor)

Series: Mean Girls (1)

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When a young girl who has lived in Africa and been homeschooled moves to New York, she must enter a public high school. Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning when she falls for the ex-boyfriend of the most popular girl in school.
Title:Mean Girls
Authors:Tim Meadows (Actor)
Info:Paramount (2004), Edition: Collector's Edition
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Mean Girls [2004 film] by Mark Waters (Director) (2004)


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Concept: D
Story: D
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: B
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: C
Acting: B
Music: C

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.1/4 ( )
  comfypants | Aug 29, 2016 |
Tina Fey's adaptation of Queenbees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman is a great movie about the stresses of high school. Although ten years old this movie has staying power and is still very popular today. Mean Girls has several characters with relevant problems or character traits common in teens today. I think part of it's lasting popularity is it's ability to appeal to a broad range of people. Definitely 4P, 4Q. ( )
  Tvickrey | May 5, 2014 |
Mean Girls / Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows

Themes: High School, Young Adult, cliques, Peer pressure, social criticism

Age / Grade Appropriateness: high school, PG-13 (MPAA)

Censorship Issues: the movie contains quite a few sexual references (slut, whore, the coach is having sex with the Asian girls), some parents might find this objectionable for classroom material

Plot Summary:

Based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, the movie follows Lohan’s character, Kady, as she attempts to adjust to high school after having grown up homeschooled in the African bush. Kady makes friends with two outsiders on the first day and feels good, but on day two she is offered a coveted position with “The Plastics” , the ‘it’ crowd of the high school. The two outsiders, a lesbian and a gay boy, convince Kady to pretend to be a part of the plastics in an attempt to bring their leader, Regina George, down off her high pedestal. Lohan’s character begins to change while pretending and actually becomes a plastic, leading her to forsake her friends, the outsiders, for a boy.
The plot of the movie hinges on the “burn book,” a book made by members of the Plastics, which consists of cutout pictures of various girls in the school with disparaging remarks about each. The plot thickens when Regina releases the book on the high school and makes Kady look like the author of the book. The character, predictably, redeems herself at the end of the movie, by sharing her “spring fling” crown with Regina, the outsiders, and the crowd.


The movie well written and well paced for teens. Tina Fey’s adaptation of Wiseman’s non-fiction book is superb. The dialog is fresh and biting, while the plot is familiar for teens to identify with the characters, dealing with the issues confronting teens today. The movie focuses on the world of high school girls, and I have been assured of its accuracy and authenticity. Surprisingly, Lohan’s performance is good. She delivers a character that vacillates between good and evil while retaining likability. The success of the film is how well YAs will be able to identify with the various aspects of high school, from the cliques, the teachers and the pressures.

Curriculum Uses:

Curriculum uses are dubious at best. The humor of the film is counterbalanced by the amount of sexual references prevalent throughout. In a conservative community such as ours, I believe it would be a risk to include this film as part of any curriculum. However, if pressed the film could be used as an illustration of the effects of peer pressure, also it is applicable for examination of the various peer groups prevalent in high schools today. ( )
  mightymike1976 | Oct 14, 2009 |
Us Weekly
  mortega2009 | Mar 10, 2009 |
(Wiseman, R. Queen Bees and Wannabees. Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year (WON) 2002)
  kongsmom | Mar 8, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Waters, MarkDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fey, TinaScreenwriter/Actormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennett, Jonathansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caplan, Lizzysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chabert, Laceysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flynn, Neilsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franzese, Danielsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gasteyer, Anasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lohan, LindsayActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McAdams, Rachelactorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meadows, Timactorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Michaels, LorneProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poehler, Amysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Seyfried, Amandasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Karen: If you're from Africa, why are you white?

Gretchen: Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white.
Cady: Calling somebody else fat won't make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn't make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George's life definitely didn't make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.
Student: Nice wig, Janis. What's it made of?

Janis: Your mom's chest hair!
Karen: On Wednesdays we wear pink!
Gretchen: That is so fetch!

Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!
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