Ah, to be in high school again. The gossip, the clothes, the best friends, the worst enemies, the underage drinking, the boyfriends, the ex-boyfriends the drama!
Some pre-teen viewers might be thinking, "Omigosh! This is, like, so my life!" but anyone over the age of 17 can get their nostalgic chuckles from the previews and spend the other hour and half doing something other than reliving a much-exaggerated high school experience on the big screen.
Lindsay Lohan) moves back to the States from Africa, where her parents were research zoologists, and starts her junior year at her first public school. She makes nice with alterna-girl outcast, Lizzy (Janis Ian), and her gay boytoy, Damian (Daniel Franzese), but gets sucked into "The Plastics" (aka 'teen royalty') and forgets who her 'real friends' are. During Cady's time with "The Plastics," she learns the hierarchy of 'girl world.' There's the queen bee, Regina George (Rachel McAdams) and her wannabe sidekicks, Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert) and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) who ignore and manipulate the rest of the students in the twisted game that is adolescence. So Cady learns the art of betrayal (dates Regina's ex-boyfriend), sabotage (tells Regina that weight-gaining bars will help her lose 3 pounds), revenge (turns Karen and Gretchen against their leader), fashion (daily trips to the mall), gossip (starts rumors about her teacher), and hateful words (writes in a 'burn book' that starts a riot at school).
Mean Girls isn't going to be nominated for any awards, but the acting is okay. Lohan, McAdams and Chabert definitely succeeded in channeling some of the 'cool girls' from my high school. Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame wrote the screenplay and co-stars as math teacher Ms. Norbury. And the soundtrack would make a perfect last-month-of-school anthem for 16-year-olds, with artists like Kelis, Missy Elliot, The Donnas, Pink, Blondie and Katy Rose, but it doesn't seem to be coming out.
The size 0 teeny boppers dressed in head-to-toe Abercrombie at the theater may have been better off reading the book that inspired the screenplay, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence in order to gain some real insight into life as a teenage girl. However, the chances of a high schooler picking up a book by a New York Times bestselling writer instead of seeing that latest in teen screen movies is slim to none.
So, like, if you're 16, go have a, like, totally awesome time at the movies. But if you've been driving a car for more than a year, go see a movie about something you don't experience everyday.
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