By: The Dweeb
One of the better high school comedy flicks to come out in recent memory, Mean Girls is well, about a bunch of really mean girls. Scripted by relative newcomer and SNL alum Tina Fey, this film is smartly written and filled with all the great characters who embody all the stereotypes of life in High School. Man, I am so glad that that part of my life is a distant memory, trying to maintain the social status nowadays must be a living hell if these movies are any reflection of the real deal. Needless to say, I was surprised at the sophistication of the humor and of the characters depth. I was expecting another mind numbing entry from the bowels of Hollywood, not something that actually made me laugh.
The main character of Cady is played charmingly well by the up and coming Lindsay Lohan. She is the fish out of water as she has been living under a rock (almost literally in Africa) most of her life and has no idea how to deal with showing up at the door of the local high school. She applies her knowledge of the jungle to getting around and surviving high school. Director Mark Waters cleverly enhances these themes with quick cuts to what if like simulations of the kids suddenly looking like animals going crazy in the cafeteria and so forth. I enjoyed her performance as she came across as cute and innocent, but not in that annoying kind of way.
Since Lorne Michaels is the producer, naturally the film is populated with several SNL cast members who don’t usually get much screen time. I thought Tim Meadows as the Principle was great as well as Tina Fey, playing the out of luck math teacher/bar tender. Oh, and I just wanted to punch Regina George’s (Rachel McAdams) lights out every time she opened her mouth. Does every school have one of these queen bees these days? I also enjoyed Mrs. George (Amy Poehler) her annoying mother who doesn’t have a clue and lets her daughter run her life. Ship both of these two idiots off to the gulag I say! They definitely help keep the movie lively.
The DVD for Mean Girls is the typical full package. The sound and picture quality are what you expect from a newer film, and I must say the soundtrack is pretty groovin. Quite the diverse mix of music for a film of this type. There are also plenty of extras on this single disc, including the usual deleted scenes, gag reel and movie promotional materials. Some good stuff to sift through if that’s what you like. I can’t complain much, this is an enjoyable romp. Of course this far from Oscar material but you will be entertained and have enough laughable moments to make this film worthwhile. So “Go Fetch” it.