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REVIEW

Mean Girls

The film takes a refined approach, steering clear of offensive humor related to Cady's upbringing, and offers a fresh perspective on the high school social landscape. By: Wee Yan Ling

Genres: Musical, Comedy

 

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

 

Length: 1h 52m

 

Producers: Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey

 

Production company: Broadway Video, Little Stranger

 

Description

 

The film takes a refined approach, steering clear of offensive humor related to Cady's upbringing, and offers a fresh perspective on the high school social landscape.


Cady befriends Janis, a profoundly insightful semi-goth and Damian, Janis’ openly gay best friend. The duo introduces her to the complexities of high school cliques, bringing the attention to the Plastics, featuring Regina George, Gretchen and Karen as they are viewed as the apex of popularity. The film adopts a visual style marked by vibrant colours and the breaking of the fourth wall under the direction of Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. The unique take of imagery through the use of smartphones help to bring about the pervasive influence of social media. 


 

Mean Girls is prominent for its keen observations on high school dynamics all thanks to the sophisticated screenplay by Tina Fey. The film draws inspiration from Rosalind Wiseman’s nonfiction book and navigates both comedic and sociological dimensions. Director Mark S. Waters also intuitively sidesteps teenage comedy clichés as he features realistic scenarios such as house parties without the expected chaos and a crush that unfolds without the typical heartbreak. 

 

Renowned for his Freaky Friday and House of Yes, Waters has demonstrated a knack for avoiding contrived plot conveniences which makes his film a departure from the mainstream. Even as misunderstandings arise, they remain plausible which adds on to the depth and authenticity of the film. Mean Girls has managed to deconstruct high school society with levity and sociological acumen which makes it stand out from the teenage comedy genre.

 

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