FILM: Mean Girls (2004)

Plot Summary: Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film, directed by Mark Waters. The screenplay was written by Tina Fey and based in part on the non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, which describes how female high school social cliques operate, and the effect they can have on girls. The film stars Lindsay Lohan and features a supporting cast of Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, and Lizzy Caplan. The film is produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Screenwriter and co-star of the film, Tina Fey was a longtime castmember and writer for SNL. The film also features appearances from SNL cast members Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, and Amy Poehler. Wikipedia: Mean Girls

Credits: Director: Mark Waters; Writers: Rosalind Wiseman (book), Tina Fey (screenplay); Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams Mean Girls (2004)

Accomplishments: 2005 BMI Film Music Award – Rolfe Kent; 2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actress Nomination – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 Kids’ Choice Awards Blimp Award Favorite Movie Actress Nomination – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team – Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried; 2004 MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Female – Rachel McAdams; 2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Nomination – Rachel McAdams; 2004 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Movie Comedy Nomination; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Movie Star Female – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Actress Comedy – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Blush – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Movie Star Female Nomination – Rachel McAdams; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Movie Star Male – Jonathan Bennett; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Comedy Nomination; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Actress – Comedy Nomination – Rachel McAdams; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Blush Nomination – Rachel McAdams; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Chemistry Nomination – Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Fight/Action Sequence Nomination; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Hissy Fit; Nomination – Rachel McAdams; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Liar; Nomination – Lindsay Lohan; 2004 Teen Choice Awards Movie Sleazebag Nomination – Rachel McAdams; 2004 Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination – Tina Fey Awards for Mean Girls (2004)

Film Review: Though narrative cohesion isn’t the strength of ”Mean Girls,” which works better from scene to scene than as a whole, the intelligence shines in its understanding of contradictions, keeping a comic distance from the emotional investment of teenagers that defined ”Ridgemont High” and later the adolescent angst movies of John Hughes. (Like Mr. Hughes’s writing, Ms. Fey’s combines comic practicality and a fascination with the cruelty born of suburban privilege.)

The sureness of tone in the script achieves such clarity that our sympathies remain with Cady even as she begins to become what she has beheld. She has a genuine taste for it, the trap for all double agents. (Sometimes, the film is like a teenage version of the undercover mob saga ”Donnie Brasco.”) But ”Mean Girls” concentrates primarily on its eccentric and funny small touches, like an exchange between two jealous Korean girls or the electric car parked in Cady’s parents’ driveway.

Cady’s loving but distracted mom and dad are played by Ana Gasteyer and Neil Flynn, who adds affection to the dizziness he shows as the janitor on ”Scrubs.” Other ”S.N.L.” cast members, past and present, include Ms. Gasteyer; Amy Poehler, flinging herself into playing Regina’s desperate-to-be-cool mother; and, as the school principal, Tim Meadows, who reveals a savvy, weary dignity that he never had a chance to display in all his years on ”S.N.L.” (These supporting performers are also skilled improvisational actors, like Ms. Fey, who shows up as a frazzled but sane teacher.) Tribal Rites of Teenage Girls Who Rule by Terror

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