Ric’s Netflix Picks: “Mean Girls”

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Are you a lady between the ages of 19 and 31?

Chances are, you love Mean Girls.

Sixteen-year-old Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) has just started public school for the first time and wants to fit in. She quickly makes friends with outsider Janis (Lizzy Caplin), who warns her against making friends with the popular girls, the Plastics. The leader of the Plastics, Regina George (Rachel McAdams) takes an interest in Cady and invites her to join them. Regina, along with Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), the out-of-touch rich girl, and Karen (Amanda Seyfried), the naive ditz, rule the school. As Cady tries to strike a balance between high school royalty and peasantry, Janis sees an opportunity to destroy the Plastics. She enlists Cady to infiltrate and demolish the Plastics piece by piece. What begins as a carefully balanced act can quickly tip in the wrong direction. Can Cady avoid becoming what she sought to dismantle?

Considered by most to be a staple of the early 2000’s movie scene, Mean Girls is one of the most memorable and longstanding movies from that era. Countless terrible, click-bait based websites have countless terrible click-bait articles about the movie. My Facebook News Feed sees at least a few Mean Girls-related statuses or posts every month. It has a lot of quote-worthy moments, immortalized as GIFs across the internet.

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Mean Girls is the movie that launched the train wreck that has been Lohan’s career. She was at the top of her game back in 2004 and has only gone downhill since. On the flip side, this movie also launched McAdams, as she appeared in The Notebook and Wedding Crashers just shortly afterwards. She is still doing big things, and recently appears in the Snippet Studios reviewed About Time. I’m not familiar with Caplin or Seyfried’s [Editors Note: Les Miserables] work, other than the latter’s cameo in A Bag of Hammers, a Ric’s Netflix Pick. Chabert has been pretty busy as a voice actress since, perhaps best known for being Eliza Thornberry of The Wild Thornberries and Meg Griffin in season one of Family Guy. Filling out the supporting cast is a host of talented, big-faced comedians including Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) and Neil Flynn (Scrubs).

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Mean Girls is one of those movies that resounds with teenagers. It came out during my high school years and almost every girl I know in my age range still loves it. Unsurprisingly, nostalgia plays a big factor in the movie’s persistent popularity, but the movie also touches on a lot of common issues that high school kids encounter. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned veteran, go ahead and watch it. Just stop trying to make “fetch” happen. It’s not going happen.

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Rating:

4.3 out of 5.0

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