Ten years ago today, the iconic teen film Mean Girls was released in cinemas. It has since become a highly popular and relatable film among the Y Generation, particularly girls. How so, you ask? Let me tell you:
1. Mean Girls quotes are always mixed in with other popular shows and movies
No matter what show you’re into, whether it’s Harry Potter, Game of Thrones or even Disney movies, there will always be a time where the Mean Girls quotes are weaved into the show.
2. It makes fun of how bad and awkward sex education is taught in school.
Everyone remembers the scene where the gym teacher Coach Carr gives “the talk” to students and how contradictory it was. As I grew up and listened several times about how scary sex is in secondary school, I realised that students always get misleading information and are told to “NEVER HAVE SEX BECAUSE IT’S EVIL AND NO CONTRACEPTIVE CAN SAVE YOU, but at least try them anyway, even though you have no idea how to use them.”
3. Gretchen Wieners is historically accurate.
During Gretchen’s reading of her hate fuelled history essay of Julius Caesar in the perspective of Marcus Brutus, you can easily tell she is masking her anger at Regina George and she snaps. As I discovered while studying Greek & Roman Civilisation in Arts, what she says in her essay is surprisingly accurate. Like Regina George is the boss of everyone in 21st century high school, Caesar becomes the boss of everyone in the Roman Republic during 1st century BC. However Brutus and others from the Roman Senate get really pissed off about Caesar and decided to kill Caesar in the Ides of March 44BC.
4. Tina Fey is awesome
Wait, what? Yes, the script of Mean Girls was written by Tina Fey who played Ms Norbury. One day she read Rosalind Wiseman‘s Queen Bees and Wannabes and thought that it should be made into a film. As the book is nonfiction, Fey wrote the plot from scratch, borrowing elements from her own high school experience; for instance, Janis Ian is an amalgam of Fey herself and her “art freak” friends. The real Janis was a musician, in which she sang the song At Seventeen, which can be heard playing in the background when the girls are fighting at Regina’s house. Other characters bullying the Janis Ian character persistently call her a lesbian throughout the film; the real Janis Ian is an out lesbian. So you can all worship the goddess that is Tina Fey for the existence of Mean Girls.
5. We all know Plastics
But we will never admit it, and we all secretly dislike them because they’re not very nice.
6. Mean Girls has a pretty good soundtrack
You may not know all the names or who the artists are, but when you hear them, it makes you think of the film, particularly “God is a DJ”, “Built This Way” and “Milkshake”
7. It is actually a funny teen girl film
The teen girl film is a hard nut to crack because it can often be too mawkish, forgettable or tries too hard to be funny because “girls aren’t funny”. However, Mean Girls is not one of those films. It has many hilarious and memorable moments and dialogue. Throughout my years in an all-girls secondary school, quoting Mean Girls was the norm.
8. The acting is brilliant
Like the previous post, good actors in teen girl films can be hard to find. But it worked in Mean Girls, many of the actors went on to have successful careers such as Rachel McAdams (Regina George) was in “The Notebook” and “About Time”, and Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith) was in “Mamma Mia” and “Les Miserables”. I wish I could say the same with Lindsay Lohan…
9. It shows how hard people try to fit in.
The protagonist Cady Heron, moves to America from Africa and is an outsider, she makes friends with Janis and Damian who use her to destroy the Plastics. In the process, Cady’s personality totally changes from a sweet girl with her own personality to an actual Plastic. The boy she likes Aaron, doesn’t like this Plastic persona when he realises who she really is. So the moral of the story is to not be afraid to be yourself.
10. It has become a rite of passage for teenage girls to watch Mean Girls