PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min. Directed by: Mark Waters (VIII). Release Date: April 30, 2004. DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004.
So, it’s finally here. 365 movies watched in 365 days. It’s been an interesting road, and I’ve managed to complete not only my primary objective, but all the little goals I set for myself over the course of 2011. It’s been a crazy year, filled with changes, good and bad, and quite frankly I’m not only glad it’s done, I’m glad I was able to finish the year off with a movie that I enjoy.
Mean Girls represents one of a large number of guilty pleasure movies for me. I avoided seeing this in the theaters because I thought it would be a “chick flick,” which it is, although it has an aggression to it that might almost be masculine, despite the pink and purple. It serves as the high point in the career of Lindsay Lohan, or it might just be the start of her downward spiral into shame and madness. It is the start of the careers of Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, who, as always, are entertaining as hell to watch. And, even more interesting, is that both of the latter two ladies used this film to help kick start their careers.
No matter how many times I’ve watched this movie, it never fails to make me laugh, and there are only a few of the cast members that don’t at least manage to make me smile. It’s also one of those movies that makes me laugh despite of the absurdity of the story and the behavior of the characters, and I frequently struggle with comedies of the absurd. Sometimes, they just push past whatever humor boundaries I have and become stupid, and I don’t really think that this ever does.
Is this movie characteristic of the life of the average American high school girl? In some ways, I think that it is. There is a certain truth to the whole balance between school work, and all the issues that come with society. But, in many ways, this seems more like a caricature of what people THINK the average high schooler’s life is like than a factual portrayal.
Mean Girls isn’t complicated. It isn’t deep. It’s more than a little silly. If you’re looking for a film with a bit of mental chew, this isn’t going to be your cup of tea. If; however, you’re looking for something that’s going to put a smile on your face, this is the way to go. Today, I was looking for something to get me in the mood for tonight’s festivities, and this was the perfect solution. I was only surprised that I hadn’t written about it before.