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Mean Girls (2004)



Critic Consensus: Elevated by a brilliant screenplay and outstanding ensemble cast, Mean Girls finds fresh, female-fronted humor in the high school experience.

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Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live wrote and appears in this comedy about the alternately funny and terrifying pecking order among teenage girls. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a 15-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in Africa, where she was home-schooled by her zoologist parents. When her family relocates to the United States, Cady finds herself attending a high school in suburban Illinois, where she gets a crash course in the various sub-strata of the student body: the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, the "cool" kids, and so on. Much to her surprise, Cady finds herself embraced by a clique of rich and popular girls known to outsiders as "the Plastics," led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert), and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried). While Cady is grateful for her new friends, it doesn't take long for her to realize how manipulative they can be, and she soon discovers she's violated an unwritten law when she goes out on a date with Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), who is charming, good looking...and Regina's former boyfriend. It isn't long before Regina and her pals are on the warpath, and Cady must face a level of vengeful behavior for which years in the jungle never prepared her. Joining Tina Fey in the supporting cast are fellow SNL players Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows. The screenplay for Mean Girls was based in part on Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, a book by professional youth counselor Rosalind Wiseman. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Lindsay Lohan
as Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams
as Regina George
Lacey Chabert
as Gretchen Wieners
Amanda Seyfried
as Karen Smith
Tina Fey
as Ms. Norbury
Lizzy Caplan
as Janis Ian
Tim Meadows
as Mr. Duvall
Amy Poehler
as Mrs. George
Ana Gasteyer
as Cady's Mom
Neil Flynn
as Cady's Dad
Jonathan Bennett
as Aaron Samuels
Rajiv Surendra
as Kevin Gnapoor
Elana Shilling
as Spelling Girl
Graham Kartna
as Homeschooled Boy
Ely Henry
as Homeschooled Boy
David Aherne
as Homeschooled Boy
Ayo Agbonkpolo
as African Warrior
Molly Shannon
as Kristen Hadley
Jonathan Malen
as Kristen's Boyfriend
Jeff Moser
as `Farting' Guy
Miranda Edwards
as Michigan Girl
Les Porter
as Chemistry Teacher
Eve Crawford
as English Teacher
Jack Newman
as History Teacher
Michelyn Emelle
as Music Teacher
Bathsheba Garnett
as German Teacher
Ky Pham
as Trang Pak
Danielle Nguyen
as Sun Jin Dinh
Alisha Morrison
as Lea Edwards
Dwayne Hill
as Coach Carr
Jan Carunana
as Emma Gerber
Wai Choy
as Mathlete Tim Pak
Julia Chantrey
as Amber D'Alessio
Jacky Chamberlain
as Giselle Sgro
Olympia Lukis
as Jessica Lopez
Stefanie Drummond
as Bethany Byrd
Jessie Wright
as Cady (age 5)
Stephan Dixon
as Animal Dancer
Andreja Punkris
as Animal Dancer
Noelle Boggio
as Animal Dancer
Jordan Dawe
as Animal Dancer
Alexandra Stapley
as Taylor Wedell
Laura DeCarteret
as Taylor Wedell's Mom
Nicole Crimi
as Kylie George
Erin Thompson
as Dawn Schweitzer
Dan Willmott
as Mr. George
Michelle Hoffman
as Kissing Girl
Valerie Casault
as Kissing Girl
Sharron Matthews
as Joan the Secretary
Jo Chim
as Salesperson
Randi Lee Butcher
as Skater Girl
Erin Jarvis
as Skater Girl
David Sazant
as Marymount Captain
Clare Martina Preuss
as Caroline Krafft
Bruce Hunter
as Mathlete Moderator
Megan Millington
as Junior Plastic
Tara Shelley
as Junior Plastic
Shannon Todd
as Junior Plastic
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Critic Reviews for Mean Girls

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (55)

Fizzes with peculiarly feminine evil, of the kind that comes dripping through a pillowy smirk garnished with baby-pink lipgloss.

October 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.

December 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though better written, better acted and with more wit and subtlety than your average teen flick, the atmosphere in Mean Girls with its promiscuous sex and well, meanness, make it almost as nasty to sit through as these girls are to each other.

October 29, 2008 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Lacks the genuine bile that made Heathers so bracing.

July 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios' usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Nails the "survival of the fittest" mentality that permeates high school social life.

May 4, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mean Girls


It probably helps to be the target audience for this or to be able to relate to all the high school groups and drama. It feels a little far fetched at times, from an outside perspective, while other school movies like Clueless or Easy A seemed closer to reality. That being said there are some genuinely funny scenes here and the cast is overall charming and works.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Biting and absurd satire. So many quotable lines! "On Wednesdays, we wear pink." "Irregardless, ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean that's just like the rules of feminism." "Gretchen, stop trying to make 'fetch' happen! It's not going to happen!" "Get in loser, we're going shopping." "Grool... I meant to say cool and then I started to say great." "Sorry, we only carry sizes 1, 3, and 5. You could try Sears." "You can't sit with us!"

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would or should. It's actually a really good movie, like seriously. It's girly of course, but there's a lot of truth behind what's being displayed on screen. I could have gone my whole life without seeing it, and that would have been fine, but the more people talked about it, the more curious I got, especially since this movie was a breakthrough for several cast members I like. I also enjoyed the fact that this had so much involvement from the SNL crowd. Basically, this is a fun and highly entertaining farce that blends Heathers with Clueless and Jawbreaker, but sets everything in the 21st Century. The basic plot follows a 16 year-old girl who grew up in Africa, and spent almost her whole life being home schooled. After moving back to the States, her parents decide that she needs to attend public school to get some much needed socialization. Her world gets flipped upside down when, in her attempts to fit in, she becomes involved with The Plastics- the gorgeous, vapid, and domineering clique of popular girls And this is all about her trying to navigate the strange jungle that is high school- a world more foreign to her than the real jungles of Africa. Give it a shot if you haven't already. It definitely exceeds expectations, and that's coming from my mouth, the mouth of a goofy, offbeat straight man who has a beard and loves history and heavy metal. The film is funny, insightful, clever, and a lot better than it probably has a right to be.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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