Director: Mark Waters
Date released: 18th June 2004
Written by: Tina Fey
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams
Mean Girls is the Casablanca of chick flicks; it’s endlessly quotable. It’s also based on a psychology book about the dangers of high school clique culture. Fey’s adaptation is clearly written by someone who understands how people think and how to structure that into a microcosm of society in which people group themselves based on artificial facades. It’s a demonstration of how that works, what it does to people, why the long term effects are ultimately destructive and how to fix it – effective, moderate authority figures. In real life, this is almost never the case because the teaching staff – in my experience – are themselves a clique, often competing with the students, and when those people actually have power, it’s very traumatic for the young boys caught in between, ignored and forgotten in a prison environment that hates them (which is not excluded from this story, which shows the outer fringes of the whole setup, like Regina George’s father, scared into silence by the sinister control of the women around him that use emotional abuse to get what they want). It’s not just a teen comedy; it’s written truthfully and wants to get through to you.
It’s October third.