Mean Girls (2024)

Movie Info

Movie Info

Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr.
Run Time
1 hour and 52 minutes

VP Content Ratings

Sex & Nudity
Star Rating
★★★★4 out of 5

Relevant Quotes

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold…

Romans 12:2a (JB Philips)
Cady & her two nerdy friends Janis & Damien. (c) Paramount Pictures

I avoided the 2004 version of this film and decided to screen this one because I had already seen the one or two other films worthwhile at the cinema plex—and am glad I took in because it is a fun-filled diversion, featuring Tiny Fey again as the understanding teacher Mrs. Norwood. Judging by the trailer of the 2004 film, except for a change of younger cast members and the addition of a bevy of songs, the remake stays true to the original plot.

New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) needs time for adapting to her high school, with two outcasts at first befriending and orienting her, Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey).

Soon Cady has caught the attention of “The Plastics,” led by the triumvirate consisting of Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her underlings Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). A reigning beauty throughout her school career, Regina is arrogant and oblivious to anyone else’s feelings or needs except her own. Cady adapts to this top dog group as they groom her, but then takes a romantic interest in Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney) who sits just in front of her in class. Bad move, because he is Regina’s ex-boyfriend, and the vengeful girl is liable to put Cady into her Burn Book, a scrapbook in which she castigates anyone who crosses her.

The film is an interesting look at highly privileged white students who probably have always ignored anything approaching such serious matters as the Black Lives Movement. (You might want to compare this film to the challenging The Hate You Give, about a Black girl caught between her Black world in her home neighborhood and the white world at an upscale high school her mother demands that she attend.) These girls have no financial problems, as we can see by the costly costumes, they don for their lavish Halloween Party and their musical revues.  They definitely belong to the 1% of society—and probably among females, rank near the top of that, possessing sexy, alluring bodies that they enjoy flaunting in public. (Of course, we have to leave out of this Cady, whose single Mom had been raising her in a remote region of Kenya,)

Besides the music, an additional touch is the ubiquity of cell phones and social media, which was infancy in 2004, and thus not as an integral part of the girls’ lives back then. In the new version, it can make and break a student’s reputation at school, as we see in the film. The student body is caught in a herd mentality, with seemingly no one able to think or act upon their own, except maybe for the two outcasts.

Tina Fey’s original message is still intact—that girl-on-girl bullying can too easily spin out of control in a social-media-obsessed age that focuses upon female physical appearance, rather than brains and character. Parents of tween and teenage girls will especially want to see this so they can have a meaningful conversation with their offspring.

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