‘Mean Girls’ movie review: Regina George’s back 20 years later… and not much has changed


A scene from 'Mean Girls'

A scene from 'Mean Girls'

This isn't just another teen movie. This is a film based on music, mean Girls, which in turn was based on the 2004 film directed by Mark Waters, starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams as Cady and plastic queen Regina George, respectively. Twenty years and a musical treatment later, the teen movie has changed… and yet, has remained the same.

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Directors: Samantha Jayne, Arturo Pérez Jr.

Starring: Angourie Rice, Renee Rapp, Auli'i Cravalho, Christopher Brini, Avantika Vandanpu, Bebe Wood

Story line: Home-schooled Cady Heron moves from Kenya to the United States and must negotiate a new kind of wilderness

Duration: 112 minutes

Mean girls are mean and smart phones have stepped up the game, as the 2024 version follows the tune of the original film. Cady (Angourie Rice) is 16 years old when she returns to America and joins a new jungle called high school. He is helped to navigate the aforementioned woods by artistic Janice (Aulis Cravalho) and flamboyantly gay Damien (Jackal Spivey).

Plastic (“because they're shiny, fake, and hard”), queen bees Regina (Renee Rapp), Karen (Avantika) and Gretchen (Bebe Wood) are at the top of the food chain. There are also other groups including math and theater buffs and jocks. Cady loves math and goes to calculus class where she commits the sin of falling in love with Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron (Christopher Briney).

A scene from 'Mean Girls'

A scene from 'Mean Girls'

Math teacher Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey) is impressed by Cady and is less than impressed when Cady pretends not to understand calculus in order to get a chance to talk to Aaron. The burn book, the wild party, the protein bars that Cady convinces Regina will make her lose weight, the dance and the math competition (with Lohan as moderator – oops) they're all there.

There is a huge amount of singing and dancing with background dancers, which we all remember from Nasir Hussain and K. Those who have grown up on Raghavendra Rao's films will welcome them with mock glee. Fey and Tim Meadows reprized their roles from the 2004 film, while Jon Hamm made a stellar appearance as physical education teacher Coach Carr. From music, rap reprized its role and Emily in Paris'Ashley Park, who played Gretchen, is French teacher Madame Park.

The movie is a bit fun and entertaining; That's all anyone can say about it. There doesn't seem to be any real point to this movie other than the fact that Hollywood could do it, so it did. and coincidentally all repetitions mean Girls Are based on Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 self-help book, Queen bees and wannabes, Whatever happens comes with vengeance.

Mean Girls is currently playing in theaters

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