Monday, October 18, 2004

Mean Girls Rock

I rented the DVD of Mean Girls and watched it this morning. It stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried.

IMDB Plot Outline:
Cady Heron has never known what "high school" truly meant. She lived her first 15 years in the African jungle, home-schooled, living life with only her parents and the animals of the wilderness, knowing all of the rules of survival. However, when she moves out of Africa, she has to learn the rules of high school, a jungle in itself. She instantly makes friends with two sweet teenagers, Damian and Janis, who, in the terms of the high school, were in the "out crowd." Soon she meets the Plastics, the three crude, beautiful, popular girls, consisting of Regina, the unofficial leader, Gretchen, Regina's full-time follower, and Karen, "one of the dumbest people you will ever meet." They immediately let her into their group, but Cady, wanting to keep her first friends, is unsure. The two convince Cady to keep her relationship with the Plastics, only so that they can know their dark secrets. However, events turn for the worse when Cady falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels. When Regina finds out, she seeks revenge of Cady by taking Aaron back. When Cady finds out, what began as a game to discover secrets turns into a plan to destroy Regina. Now, Cady, Janis, and Damian plot together to bring Regina's status down. However, as Cady spends more time with the Plastics, she, too, begins to become one.
I'll admit, I was curious what this movie would be like and, to my surprise, I liked it. The actresses (since there aren't that many actors) do an excellent job portraying high school students in the midst of high school society. Every high school has its various groups of students, e.g. the nerds, the A/V kids, the burnouts, the jocks, and the ever-popular "Plastics." I found myself cheering for Lohan's character as she vied to put the head of the Plastics in her place. The changes in Lohan's character come through rather well as she hangs out more and more with the Plastics, becoming one herself. The plot, what remained of it, became rather interesting. My only complaint, and it really isn't much of one, is that the ending is rather happy-go-lucky. It's not perfect-perfect but it's pretty optimistic. Then again, this is a fluffy comedy about the throes of high school society so what should you expect?

All in all a funny, entertaining movie about high school society. I liked it.

A smattering of quotes:
I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me, but I can't help it that I'm popular.

There's a 30% chance that it's already raining!

Homeschooled Boy: And on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that Man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.

Don't have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don't have sex in the missionary position, don't have sex standing up, just don't do it, promise? OK, everybody take some rubbers.

And evil takes a human form in Regina George. Don't be fooled because she may seem like your typical selfish back stabbing slut faced ho-bag, but in reality, she's so much more than that.

But if you do touch each other, you will get Chlamydia... and DIE.

Calling somebody else fat won't make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn't make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George's life definitely didn't make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.
ALAN'S MOVIE RATING: Rental or Cable-Worthy. (But I'm going to buy it on DVD used when I can since I rather liked it.)