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Mean Girls (2024) Movie Review

Comedy / Musical

By Diresh SheridPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
70% Rotten Tomatoes | 6/10 IMDb

The 2004 teen comedy "Mean Girls," originally penned by Tina Fey and inspired by Rosalind Wiseman's book "Queen Bees and Wannabes," has cemented its status as a millennial cult classic over the past two decades. While the original film boasted zesty one-liners and a star-studded cast including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried, its humor often stumbled into racially insensitive territory and other problematic tropes typical of the mid-2000s. However, this fresh interpretation helmed by directors Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr., based on the 2018 Broadway adaptation, injects a contemporary twist into the narrative, breathing new life into the familiar tale.

Centered around Cady Heron (portrayed by Angourie Rice), previously homeschooled in Kenya by her research scientist mother (Jenna Fischer), the film embarks on a less precarious journey by specifying the setting and steering clear of offensive attempts at mining Cady's upbringing for humor. As Cady navigates the treacherous landscape of public high school cliques, she finds solace in the friendship of art enthusiasts Janis 'Imi'ike (a stellar Auliʻi Cravalho) and Damian Hubbard (a riotous Jaquel Spivey), who serve as both guides and narrators, breaking the fourth wall through melodic interludes.

The arrival of Regina George (a breakout performance by Reneé Rapp), the reigning queen bee of the Plastics, ushers in a seismic shift in Cady's world. Regina's magnetic allure captivates Cady, setting the stage for a tumultuous journey through the intricacies of teenage social dynamics. Bebe Wood delivers a poignant portrayal of Gretchen Wieners, Regina's loyal yet vulnerable sidekick, while Avantika's interpretation of Karen adds a comedic flair albeit occasionally veering into overplayed territory.

The plot thickens as Cady becomes entangled in a web of deception and revenge orchestrated by Janis, fueled by a dark history between Regina and herself. Complicating matters is Cady's burgeoning infatuation with Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), Regina's former beau, leading to a cascade of events that blur the lines between popularity and morality.

This reimagined rendition seamlessly integrates plot elements from the original film with a contemporary twist, juxtaposing traditional musical numbers with social media motifs. The rise and fall of Cady and Regina's popularity mirror the ebb and flow of trending topics, underscored by a cacophony of cellphone recordings and online reactions. While visually captivating, these sequences occasionally rely too heavily on visual cues at the expense of nuanced character development.

Similarly, the musical numbers, while serving as a conduit for emotional expression, lack the infectious hooks of traditional show tunes. However, standout performances such as Gretchen's introspective ballad "What's Wrong with Me?" and Janis' empowering anthem "I'd Rather Be Me" inject depth and poignancy into the narrative, elevating the thematic resonance of self-worth and identity.

Despite Angourie Rice's competent portrayal of Cady, the film's dynamic energy is undeniably fueled by the magnetic presence of Rapp and Cravalho. This ensemble-driven approach mitigates the impact of Rice's comparatively subdued performance, ensuring the film retains its narrative momentum and emotional resonance.

Ultimately, "Mean Girls" emerges as a cautionary tale against the perils of conformity and cruelty, championing authenticity and self-acceptance. Fey and her collaborators have succeeded in revitalizing the beloved tale for a new generation, striking a delicate balance between homage and innovation. In this iteration, "fetch" has finally become a reality, resonating with audiences as a vibrant celebration of individuality and teenage resilience.

In conclusion, the latest rendition of "Mean Girls" breathes new life into the beloved classic, infusing it with a contemporary flair while retaining the essence of its timeless themes. Directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr., this fresh adaptation, based on the Broadway musical, navigates the tumultuous world of high school cliques with renewed relevance and vibrancy.

While the original film showcased the star power of Lindsay Lohan and company, it stumbled in its handling of sensitive issues and outdated humor. However, this modern interpretation takes strides to rectify these missteps, offering a more nuanced portrayal of teenage life that resonates with today's audiences.

Anchored by standout performances from Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, and Auliʻi Cravalho, the film explores the complexities of friendship, identity, and social dynamics with depth and authenticity. Through catchy musical numbers and clever nods to contemporary culture, "Mean Girls" captures the zeitgeist of modern adolescence while delivering a timeless message of self-acceptance and empowerment.

Despite some narrative shortcomings and occasional lapses in character development, the film ultimately succeeds in reigniting the magic of the original while forging its own path forward. With its blend of humor, heart, and social commentary, this latest iteration of "Mean Girls" stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Tina Fey's iconic creation.

In a landscape dominated by reboots and remakes, "Mean Girls" proves that there's still room for innovation and reinvention. By embracing the spirit of its predecessor while boldly venturing into new territory, this fresh take on the classic tale ensures that "fetch" is finally here to stay.


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