76. Mean Girls

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Movie: Mean Girls

Release Date: April 30, 2004

Director: Mark Waters

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Ana Gaysteyer, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Lacy Chabert, Daniel Franzese, Lizzy Caplan.

Tag Lines: “Welcome to Girl World.”

“Survival of the Ruthless.”

“Mean. Meaner. Meanest.”

“So Fetch!”

“Watch your back.”

“They’re coming.”

“This summer, be part of the in-crowd.”

“Only the strong survive!”

Relevance: ‘Mean Girls’ was released in theaters in April of 2004, but at the time I didn’t really care. The film received positive reviews from critics and eventually became a box office success that Spring. Again, I didn’t care and wasn’t even really aware of the movie. I wasn’t really aware of anything at that time. You see, Madonna announced that March she was heading out on tour. Once those words were placed in my universe, nothing else really mattered. I had my tickets and spent all of my days counting down until my Queen took to the stage once again.

I saw Madonna’s “Re-Invention World Tour” four times that year, three in Worcester, Massachusetts and once in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a grand tour and remains one of my favorites of hers to this very day. I was in sheer bliss. Once July 6th rolled around though and my shows sadly came to an end, I started to become aware of other things in my life. Movies, television shows and music (other than Madonna) had all begun to resurface. By the time September showed up on my calendar, I was back to my full throttle pop culture guru status. That is when I took notice of ‘Mean Girls.’

The film was released to home media that month and being a fan of Tina Fey, I sought it out as a rental. As much as I liked Ms. Fey, I really wasn’t expecting much from the movie. A teen comedy about mean girls didn’t seem to appealing to me, but again, I’ll watch just about anything. The movie more than surprised me. It was fresh, timely and really, really funny. It was by far one of the best satires about high school and its depiction of high school girl versus high school girl was spot on accurate, at least from what I remembered. It became one of my favorite films that year and also one that I quoted a lot. And I mean, a lot. The movie was referenced by my friends and me at least once a day for months. “That’s fetch.” “You’re so grool.” “Why are you so obsessed with me?”

The more I watched ‘Mean Girls’ the more that I loved it. I eventually bought the film and it became a part of my ever growing movie collection. It has a huge cult following and every time the movie gets mentioned in social circles, there are always smiles and laughs that follow. It eventually spawned a Broadway musical, one that I had no desire to see after hearing its music and seeing the Tony Award performance. Some things should just be left alone, because something as good as ‘Mean Girls’ doesn’t need any enhancements.

Today’s Thoughts: “Somebody wrote in that book that I’m lying about being a virgin, ’cause I use super-jumbo tampons, but I can’t help it if I’ve got a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina!”

It’s not October 3rd, but it was still a good day to watch ‘Mean Girls.’ Actually, any day is a good day to watch ‘Mean Girls.’ I own the teen comedy on DVD and watch it every once in awhile when I feel the need to be fetch. Yes, I’m still trying to make fetch happen.

‘Mean Girls’ has a clever, witty screenplay by Tina Fey, is humorously directed by Mark Waters and includes some of the brightest stars in Hollywood, before they went batshit crazy (I’m looking at you Ms. Lohan). It always makes me laugh and there was no exception to that rule today. No matter how many times I watch the movie, “She doesn’t even go here” will always make me guffaw loudly. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Jonathan Bennett, Tim Meadows, Ana Gaysteyer, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Lacy Chabert, Daniel Franzese and Lizzy Caplan are all wonderfully mean, funny and brilliant in the film.

‘Mean Girls’ might be too new to be considered a classic, but give it a few years, and it is bound to make that achievement. It definitely has a cult following and I am a proud member of that cult. It is a solid comedy, with a great overall message and theme, and one that won’t disappoint you. Unless that is, laughing disappoints you.

Awards: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress, Lindsay Lohan (nomination), Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Tina Fey (nomination).

Ways to Watch: Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Showtime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes,

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