Home-schooled 15-year-old Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) who was brought up in Africa by her zoologist parents, goes to high school for the first time in Chicago. She has no idea how 'wild' civilization can be, until she crosses paths with cool, calculating Regina George (Rachel McAdams), leader of the three-girl clique The Plastics, comprising Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and Karen (Amanda Seyfried). She becomes friends with social outcasts Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese), who suggest she pretends to be friends with Regina, so as to spy on her. In the meantime, Cady develops a crush on Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), who she meets in Mrs Norbury's (Tina Fey) maths class.
When ruthless bitchiness rules the school, being a teenager is no easy task, especially when you have no idea how you're supposed how to behave. Raised in Africa and home schooled her entire life, 15-year-old Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, enters totally unfamiliar territory – the public high school. It's a daunting first day, as she is forced to navigate the minefield of high school etiquette. In Mean Girls the scheming teenagers dubbed The Plastics are governed by the calculating, Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, who clearly relishes her manipulative role. Along with her two friends, the Plastics are loved, feared and revered by the entire year and Cady, although enticed by their popularity and lifestyle, has been enlisted to help bring them down. The film is directed by the guy who brought us Freaky Friday, Mark S. Waters and also stars Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live, as the affable maths teacher who helps the girls see the morality of their ways. Fey also wrote the screenplay, adapted from the best selling book by Rosalind Wiseman, Queen Bees and Wannabes. For me, Mean Girls gets too caught up with sermonising about respect for your fellow students. But that said, I love a funny revenge story and in this film, the girls are bright, the boys are handsome and the story is fast paced. That, mixed with an amped soundtrack featuring music by Missy Elliot and Blondie, makes Mean Girls a tad predictable, but fun.
Comments by Jaimie Leonarder: This is one cool teen flick Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) finds that there is no difference from the jungles of Africa to the concrete jungles of high school in America. Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman this is an insightful comedy into the rules and etiquette for teenage female behavior. In a world where only image matters the 'Plastics' can sway even the most tender soul.
Comments by Megan Spencer: Not quite Heathers, Mean Girls nevertheless tries its hardest to make us laugh and appreciate the perversity of contemporary American high school life. Though I can't wait to see what SNL head writer Tina Fey comes up with on her own in future screenplays when she moves away from the fall-back position of adaptation, in this case a sociology book about teen girls.