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Mean Girls
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Directed By
Mark S. Waters

Written By:
Tina Fey, Rosalind Wiseman

Cast:
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Jonathan Bennett, Lizzy Caplan, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Flynn, Elana Shilling, Jonathan Malen, Les Porter, Eve Crawford, Michelyn Emelle, Chris Ploszczansky, Dwayne Hill, Diego Klattenhoff, Wai Choy, Laura DeCarteret, Jill Morrison, Bruce Hunter, Talia Russo, Stefanie Drummond, Valerie Casault, Andreja Punkris, Jack Newman, Sharron Matthews, Daniel DeSanto, Graham Kartna, Ely Henry, David Aherne, Molly Shanahan, Jeff Moser, Miranda Edwards, Bathsheba Garnett, Danielle Nguyen, Alisha Morrison, Julia Chantrey, Jacky Chamberlain, Olympia Lukis, Kristen Bone, Jessie Wright, Tyson Fennell, Stephan Dickson, Noelle Boggio, Jordan Dawe, Alexandra Stapley, Nicole Crimi, Erin Thompson, Michelle Hoffman, Randi Lee Butcher, Erin Jarvis, Kaylen Christensen, David Sazant, Clare Preuss, Megan Millington, Tara Shelley, Shannon Todd, Krysta Carter, Nicholas A. Catalano, John Gadsden, Lucila Grzetic, Rajiv Surendra, Ayo Agbonkpolo, Ky Pham, Jan Caruana, Dan Willmott, Jo Chim


 
Mean Girls (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
September 8th, 2009

It's funny to look back on MEAN GIRLS and ponder what could have been with Lindsay Lohan. She's a train wreck with very little potential to pull herself out of the Tara Reid waters at this point, but back in 2004 she was rocking a full, womanly body, a great pouty face and the potential to continue to get better as an actress.

Still, for me, MEAN GIRLS was more about showcasing just how great the people around the lead Lohan were. This was about seeing Rachel McAdams, widely known in her personal appearances as being one of the nicest celebrities to meet or ask for an autograph, play the b*tch so well. It's been a joke in the industry that the best person to hire to play the biggest b*tch is the nicest girl you meet. It gives them a chance to let that side of themselves out and McAdams does it with a genuinely fun flourish.

This was also the movie which helped to rocket Tina Fey into the spotlight as a writer and propel her to the stint that she's working on as a head writer and actress on her show "30 Rock." Fey opened the door a crack with this movie and took her time moving through it, ensuring that she'd have better longevity. It seems that trepidation works better in these cases than the bull in a china shop when an opportunity arises gig.

Lacey Chabert, so great as the friend who is willing to bend to another personality rather than getting her own, is another great treat as Gretchen. I wish that the scenes of her giving a bj hadn't been cut in order to obtain a PG-13 rating. How I hate the MPAA.

Even the smaller roles, down to Tim Meadows as the at-a-loss principal and the great Lizzy "watch me get nude on True Blood" Caplan as the school's butch rebel are great additions.

MEAN GIRLS might be toned down from what it originally was supposed to showcase (think more bitter, like HEATHERS), but with all the great people and good dialog in it, it's a recent excellent high school movie that is impossible to overlook.

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