In celebration of “Mean Girls Day” we take a look back at the film and what made it truly so fetch.
In 2004 a lot of us were still in our glory days of primary school; before we cared about what other people thought and before we were gifted with the modern cult classic that is Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, based on Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman – which is a bit of a mouthful, I can see why they went with Mean Girls in the end.
Before the film hit our screens, Lindsay Lohan to many was the girl that was in The Parent Trap (another modern classic in my opinion). All I remember is when the film first came out I so shocked that Lindsay Lohan wasn’t actually a twin, watching the Parent Trap was never quite the same afterwards. But now, like many others, it is one of my favourite films to watch, particularly while suffering through a Hive-induced hangover.
The film follows the story of Cady Heron moving from Africa after the childhood many of us probably wish we had and being thrown into the jungle that is an American high school. The school is a jungle of cliques and the queen is Regina George, the leader of The Plastics. Regina takes Cady under her wing, and morphs her into a mini version of herself. Cady makes friends, loses friends, disappoints her parents, joins the mathletes, becomes Prom Queen and of course falls in love – it is a teen movie after all.
What made it so special however was that unlike all of the other teen movies of that time, the moral of the story was actually a relevant one and it didn’t feel cheesy or cringe worthy. Usually at the end of a film even if the story has a perfectly well intended moral to it, it always runs the risk of coming off as a little bit cheesy a la High School Musical.
To put it simply Mean Girls is one of the most quotable movies of our generation (maybe a slight exaggeration) but it is also one of the best teen movies out, taking its deserved place on the shelf next to classics such as The Breakfast Club, 10 Things I Hate About You, Grease etc.…. everyone and their dog has seen this film and if you haven’t then I suggest you get your act together and do it soon. Cause in the words of Gretchen Weiner, Mean Girls is so fetch!
By Caitlin Young