My Favorite Movies #85 – Mean Girls

Mean Girls - PosterMean Girls

2004

Directed by Mark Waters

Netflix says… After growing up abroad, brainy teen Cady Heron moves to Chicago and haphazardly joins her new high school’s most powerful clique. But there’s hell to pay when the ex-boyfriend of the clique’s menacing leader shows interest in being Cady’s guy.

  • To see Mean Girls is to have a favorite line from Mean Girls.
  • Or lines. Plural.
  • Because there are so many very good ones.
  • But what can you expect from a movie written by Tina Fey?
  • I’m having to refrain just quoting the movie in bullet points throughout this post.
  • It’s taking a lot of restraint on my part.
  • I don’t know that I’ve ever written about Mean Girls on this blog before. I’m not sure that I’ve ever written about it on my previous blog, either.
  • But I do have strong opinions about how important this movie is to society.
  • Hear me out…
  • This is the kind of movie that should be required viewing for every middle and high school student in America.
  • This and Carrie.
  • As cheesy and, okay, hilarious as the trust fall scene near the end is, the talk that Tina Fey’s character gives to the girls in the junior class is the kind of reminder that everyone needs to hear.
  • Everyone in high school has insecurities. And there will always be someone who’s willing to point out those insecurities. But it’s irresponsible to treat people that way.
  • It’s hypocritical, too.
  • Because, seriously, everyone has insecurities. Even Regina George.
  • The things that make us feel most insecure should not be used as weapons against us. And yet…
  • Take a look inside most social settings and that’s exactly what you’ll find.
  • What’s great about Mean Girls is that it’s able to use humor to get this message across. And it uses the humor very well.
  • If you haven’t seen it just because you don’t like Lindsay Lohan, find a way to get past that and watch it anyway. Because it’s brilliant.

Next week we’ll take a trip up north. Well, north for me, anyway. Because number 84 on the list is The Whole Nine Yards (which takes place, mostly, in Canada). It’s probably the best movie about a dentist that there is.

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