Mean Girls is the teen comedy of our generation. It has a cult following, its own holiday on October 3, and a stage musical. I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting much from Mean Girls before I watched it. I assumed it would just be like any other teen movie. Then I watched it… and I still didn’t get it. It felt like a lot to process. Then over time I started to understand it better and now it’s one of my all time favorite teen movies. I must have seen Mean Girls at least 20 times since I’ve watched it. I even bought the movie on DVD. Mean Girls is the brainchild of SNL alumni Tina Fey. It’s an adaptation of a book she didn’t realise had no narrative structure. Originally meant to be a raunchy R rated comedy, Mean Girls transformed into something better. Mean Girls is about the previously homeschooled math expert Cady (it’s pronounced like Katy) Heron. She has trouble fitting in at first, until she makes two friends that introduce her to “the Plastics.” Teen royalty consisting of dumb blonde Karen Smith, gossip girl Gretchen Weiners, and queen bee Regina George. Over the course of a full school year (Halloween, Christmas, and a school dance) Cady attempts to bring down Regina for being such a mean girl. Mean Girls is able to balance over-the-top situations with relatable ones. It’s endlessly quotable with lines like “That is so fetch,” “You go Glen Coco,” and “On Wednesdays we wear pink.” I would even say that Regina George is the greatest movie mean girl of all time. It’s also Lindsay Lohan’s last good performance (before she lost it). Mean Girls is so fetch!
P.S. I am not trying to make fetch happen.