Mean Girls

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Paramount Pictures Released 2004

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Director:
Mark Waters
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13

Mean Girls is a 2004 teen comedy written by Tina Fey. After Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) moves with her parents from the wilds of Africa to a suburb in Illinois, she finds herself thrust into an even more treacherous environment -- the American high school. Cady, who has beenhome-schooledby her parents for her entire life, is both amused and confused by the social behaviors of her fellow students. As soon as she arrives, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damien (Daniel Franzese) befriend the inexperienced Cady and teach her about the complexities of the different school cliques. Cady is especially interested in the "Plastics", the popular, catty girls led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams). When the Plastics decide to let Cady join their clique, Janis convinces Cady to spy on them to help her break apart their evil group. But as Cady begins to fall under the spell of the charming, yet conniving, Plastics, she begins to take her role as a mean girl a little too seriously and starts to lose her true identity.

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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The director, Mark Waters, working with a smart casting team, has assembled a superb group of players. Scene by scene you can't help being impressed by Mean Girls; it's like a grou...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    He (director Mark Waters) keeps the story light and bright, and he brings out real comic performances from his cast, including newcomer Seyfried, who plays her ditz with Judy Holli...

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    This sassy if wildly uneven comedy navigates the treacherous high school jungle that separates cool cliques from wannabes, wading through some nasty behavior before delivering its ...

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