Combustible Celluloid
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With: Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rajiv Surendra
Written by: Tina Fey, based on the book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" by Rosalind Wiseman
Directed by: Mark S. Waters
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying
Running Time: 96
Date: 04/19/2004

Mean Girls (2004)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Girl Glower

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Tina Fey wrote the clever screenplay for Mean Girls (2004), taking a realistic look at just how vicious high school girls could possibly be to each other (many saw it as an update of Heathers, from 1989). It succeeds in straddling a line between cynicism and genuine care, and it gets pretty dark even if Fey reportedly had to soften her original script to get the PG-13 rating. Lindsay Lohan stars, before being ground up into tabloid headline fodder, as Cady, who returns with her parents to the U.S. after being raised in Africa. She immediately tangles with three popular, and dangerous "mean girls" (Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried). One scene takes place at the winter talent show as the girls perform "Jingle Bell Rock" in sexy Santa outfits.

Paramount's DVD release comes with an audio commentary track by director Waters, writer Fey and producer Lorne Michaels. It also includes three featurettes (Only the Strong Survive, The Politics of Girl World and Plastic Fashion -- total 45 minutes), "Word Vomit" bloopers (6 mins.), deleted scenes with optional commentary (7 mins.) and a trailer, as well as previews for The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, Secret Central, School of Rock, The Perfect Score and The Prince & Me.

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