Mean Girls is a 2004 high school comedy written by Tina Fey. So, despite the subject matter, you know that at some point it will be awesome.
Just The Facts
- Mean Girls follows the journey of an outsider as she hangs out with the popular crowd.
- Oh, and the girls are mean. Not just the popular girls, but the loser girls too. And then the former outsider becomes is mean. But then everyone decides to be nice again at the end.
- The film was directed by Mark Waters, whose brother David was responsible for Heathers. Which of course was an eighties high school comedy about an outsider hanging out with the popular crowd. This may or may not be a pattern.
Mean Girls: Waaaay Too Smart For Its Audience
Although it's commonly known as the spawn of Tina Fey's brilliant mind -- a mind possibly fuelled by the most wonderful kind of sorcery -- Mean Girls is loosely based on a self-help book for teenage girls. Now when we say 'loosely', we mean that Fey read it one time and went, "Teenage girls are bitchy and stuff, aren't they? And they go to movies and stuff, don't they? Hello greenlit movie idea."
The film delivers a real message to the masses -- being a teenage bully is neither cool nor particularly rewarding. It will result in you either being hit by a bus, or being forced to spend the rest of your life being Lindsay Lohan.
For the love of God, pick the bus!
It's not difficult to see why many people pass it off as just a mindless teen flick. After all, there are the telltale signs:
- The slightly weird girl who falls for the hunky love interest and then changes herself to win his affection.
- The way no one ever really goes to class. (Except math, but that's 'cause Tina Fey teaches it.)
- They say those 'hip' words all the cool kids are spouting these days.
- There's a big party. Actually, several big parties.
- The pretty, popular girl is played by an actress who graduated high school when Adam was a boy.
Recent photo of Adam. (With bandana.)
Underneath all the lying, snarking and adding of unnecessary letters to the word 'bitch', lies the idea that, well, it's only high school. As the main character Cady says during her epiphany moment, "Calling someone fat doesn't make you thinner. Calling someone dumb doesn't make you smarter." Some characters learn their lesson -- like the girl who got hit by a bus, for instance...but then again, narrowly avoiding death or paralysis kinda makes you reflect on stuff. Some characters choose to ignore everything they've learned in the past ninety minutes and join a different clique when theirs deteriorates. But we the audience understand -- surely we realise that the moral of the story is that silly girl mind games aren't worth it in the end, right?
Wrong. So very head-shakingly wrong.
Yeah, that could've happened. We all could've learned so much from this hilarious social commentary if the intended audience wasn't a bunch of tweens who were far more interested in how to spell the words "grotsky little beyotch" for future references. (Two of those words aren't words, kids!) Like always, all the film really did in relation to the girl bullying problem was give them more names to call each other. I mean, take 'fugly' for instance. Why say 'fucking ugly' when you can say 'fugly'? It's both cutting and time-efficient. Genius, Ms. Fey. Genius. (Or sorcery. We're still not convinced it isn't sorcery.)