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(Site) Comedy. 96 minutes. PG-13, “teen partying.” After being raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, home schooled Cady comes face to face with the inner workings of a true jungle when she enters public high school for the first time. Intrigued by the high school’s numerous cliques, Cady is accepted by the three most popular girls in her grade, The Plastics. After she develops a crush on Regina ’s (head Plastic) former boyfriend, Cady becomes the target of The Plastics’ backstabbing ire. Not willing to take the girls’ crap standing still, Cady uses the inner workings of the popular trio to disrupt their lives, but soon witnesses just how vicious high school girls, including herself, can be and how they stop at nothing for a little revenge.
I was interested in this movie for three (3) reasons: 1) I heard it was funny. 2) I’ve always wondered how and why females can be so nasty to one another, and I love watching it. 3) Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update chick Tina Fey wrote the screenplay (based on Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bees and Wannabes), co-stars, and I kind of dig her. That being written, here we go. Mean Girls is very amusing with a number of hard belly laughs; the funniest being a quick fart scene, of course. Although greatly exaggerated, the nastiness between the girls is dead on its target. Females can be so mean not only to other females, but to female friends! Hey, guys can be mean, but at least after we smack the snot out of each other, you can always find us three minutes later playing some dumb hockey video game and drinking beer together.  Regarding Tina Fey, whatever I dug about her is gone. I just didn’t see “it” in this movie and I’m sure she’s heartbroken. Fey’s character feels awkwardly out of place and I almost wonder if she purposely wrote her character into the screenplay just to play the part. She has only one scene that actually makes sense and fits in with the storyline. With its lack of lower common denominator humor, Mean Girls is written far better than most other teenage comedies and star a bevy of up and coming cute chickie pies, ahem, actresses (Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried). Extras include commentary by Tina Fey, the director, and SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels, deleted scenes, bloopers, and a few featurettes. Now that I think of it, the part when Tina Fey accidentally takes her shirt off is hot. Sorry, no nudity you sick, undersexed, gawking buffoon. I really need to get a girlfriend. – Denis Sheehan



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