Sunday, 29 July 2012

Third Guest Post :)

Hey all; today I have a guest post from Jessica at http://jessica-girlonfilm.blogspot.co.uk
She has gave us an awesome film review on a film I must admit I loveeee! Iv watched it a fair amount of times and it never gets boring to me lol! Thank you Jessica hunny xxx

Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, the "home-schooled jungle freak" described as a "less-hot version" of evil personified: Regina George (Rachel McAdams.) The plot revolves around Northshore High School and the dramas of the various cliques. Everything changes when a new student arrives and the school is plunged into a "Girl World" war over boys, power, popularity and everything in between.

The audience is obviously meant to be teenage girls but I think this movie could appeal to many more people, as its funny, has a brilliant and clever script written by Tina Fey and is a pop-culture classic. It's also like a psychological experiment: what happens when the most competitive, ruthless and hormonal group in society (high school students) are crammed together in an intense, pressured environment (school) for many hours a day? The results are interesting, to say the least.

Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams are two of the meanest girls in school but the highlight of the film has to be Tina Fey in her role as Miss Norbury - "Hi, did you want to buy some drugs?" - the maths teacher. Amanda Seyfried is the ditzy Karen and Lacey Chabert is Gretchen, whose "hair is full of secrets." Man candy, stage right, is provided by Jonathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels, Regina's ex, who should be off-limits to Cady as according to the Plastics "that's just, like, the rules of feminism!" Janis Ian is played by Lizzy Caplan and although portrayed as being wronged by Regina, is just as scheming and delightfully bitchy as the other girls.

Structurally, the film takes the audience through a school year, taking in many high lights of high school, such as the Christmas concert, the Spring Fling dance, the Mathletes competition and the slutty Halloween party. The four main girls are often filmed walking in a row down the corridors or strutting around the mall, reinforcing their image as the celebrities of Northshore. This glamorous is contrasted to moments of hilarious physical comedy, such as Cady being tipped into a bin or the school canteen in her imagination becoming like a jungle watering hole; the jocks, cool Asians, art freaks and cheerleaders all spontaneously transformed into gibbering chimps, lionesses, monkeys and warthogs.

The one other thing that has made Mean Girls such a resounding success is the fantastic soundtrack. Featuring songs by Pink, Blondie, Kelis and Christina Aguilera the music would remind an adult audience of their own schooldays and is the perfect backdrop to the drama and emotion of being a teenage girl.

Overall, Mean Girls is a successful, thoughtful and hysterically funny comedy. It was made in 2004 but I can't help thinking it will still be popular in 2024 and probably more than that. The teen classic is directed by Mark Waters and was actually based on a non-fiction book: Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. It was produced by the team behind Saturday Night Live and features appearances from, among other regulars, Amy Poehler as Regina's embarrassing mom: "You girls keep me young. Ugh I love you so much."

It's one of Lindsay Lohan's best roles and despite spawning a terrible spinoff (Mean Girls 2 starring Meaghan Martin - "a thinly veiled, low-budget remake") will remain one of the most quotable movies ever written - Glen Coco anyone? All of its 96 minutes are a high point and it has, deservedly, been described as both "irresistibly funny" and "teen movie of the year" by The Times and Cosmo.

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