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Mean Girls (2004)

Director:
Mark Waters
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mean Girls
RUNNING TIME
97 minutes
Producer:
Tony Shimkin
Lorne Michaels
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Rosalind Wiseman):
Tina Fey


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Cady Heron Lindsay Lohan
Regina George Rachel McAdams
Ms. Norbury Tina Fey
Mr. Duvall Tim Meadows
Mrs. George Amy Poehler
Cady's Mom Ana Gasteyer
Gretchen Wieners Lacey Chabert
Janis Ian Lizzy Caplan
Damian Daniel Franzese
Cady's Dad Neil Flynn
Aaron Samuels Jonathan Bennett
Karen Smith Amanda Seyfried

 

Review

The influence from Heathers is almost painfully obvious throughout this familiar, well-meaning and over-Americanised high school film. The only thing missing in the link to Michael Lehmann's 1989 film is the Christian Slater character. The three Heathers and Winona Ryder's Veronica Sawyer are represented almost a hundred per cent.

Writers Fey (script) and Wiseman (novel) have also clearly drawn inspiration from The Breakfast Club, but of course, the characterisations here are much less subtle and far more stereotypical. The latter is a surprising flaw for a movie which seems to be taking its target group rather seriously, because if it is one thing Mean Girls succeeds in, it is having a basic understanding of the teenage (girl) way of thinking and of the shortcomings of the educational system (brilliantly represented through the pinpointed Mr. Duvall character).

Unfortunately, there is too much idiocy bulging between the poignant observations and the occasional hysterical comedy. In the end, very few of these girls feel like actual human beings. They should be caricatured versions of existing types, not altogether constructed puppets. Or perhaps I'm just too used to the European school system to be able to appreciate this.

Copyright 5.9.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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