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At Theaters: 4/30/2004 On Video: 9/21/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429957
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron thinks she knows about "survival of the fittest." But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time and falls prey to the psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today.
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Comedy - It's a teen comedy but it's not as crude as most. The sexual content and toilet humor are fairly minimal and the humor is of the type that should appeal to a wider audience.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Lindsay Lohan CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN
Rachel McAdams THE HOT CHICK
Tina Fey TV's - SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Tim Meadows THE LADIES MAN
Amy Poehler ENVY
Ana Gasteyer TV's - SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Director: Mark Waters FREAKY FRIDAY, HEAD OVER HEELS
Producer: Lorne Michaels THE LADIES MAN, SUPERSTAR
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About The Production
Inside The World Of "Mean Girls"
Fashion To Die For
About The Music
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PROFANITY: F-word wasn't said but used word F-ing once. 23 other words.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual talk but no nudity or sexual activity.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One party scene with drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: LOTS of chuckles and many big laughs and not just for teens.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Somewhere in the closing half-hour, "Mean Girls" gives up on being a comedy and decides to morph into a traditional teen movie, complete with a moral about the value of true friendship and the need to be oneself. The limp climax doesn't undo the solid humor, wicked social commentary, and delicious satire that precedes it, but it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. In the end, "Mean Girls" isn't mean enough.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers, "Mean Girls" is a smart and funny one. It even contains some wisdom, although I hesitate to mention that lest I scare off its target audience.

USA Today Full Review
Good "Girls," which gets funnier as it goes, is his (producer Lorne Michaels') best since 1992's "Wayne's World" and a sparky follow-up for Lohan and director Mark Waters to last year's PG-rated "Freaky Friday." But this time, the tone is a long way from Disney, even if both movies are alike in having titles that quickly sum up their comic sensibilities and suggest promise that's delivered.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 103 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
7
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
33
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
97%
30+Adults (M)
6
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (F)
27
Fairly High
89%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 103 moviegoer opinions. Teen females, the target audience, LOVED "Mean Girls." Nearly half rated it "Fantastic" and virtually none disliked it. For teen females I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "MEAN GIRLS."

The opinions drop significantly as the females age rises, but three-quarters of these ladies still enjoyed "Mean Girls" very much and the remaining quarter rated it as an OK movie. Only a very few adult females actually disliked it. I still recommend "Mean Girls" to these older ladies, especially moms taking their teen daughters to see it.

As for the guys. There weren't very many of them to supply an accurate gauge, but the teen males enjoyed it nearly as much as the teen females. Twentysomething and adult males could easily skip this movie unless it's a dad taking his teenage daughter to see it.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a cultural blank slate when she first sets foot on the grounds of North Shore High School in a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois. After living in Africa, Cady, now a junior, has no idea how "wild" things can be in civilization until she crosses paths with one of the meanest species of all - the "Queen Bee," who at this particular high school is the cool and calculating Regina George (Rachel McAdams).

But Cady doesn't just cross paths with this Queen Bee; she really stings her when she falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett). Now Regina's set to sting back by pretending to still like Aaron so he won't go out with Cady, all the while pretending to be her friend. With no choice but to use the same M.O. to stay in the game, the "Girl World" one-upmanship escalates until the entire school gets dragged into a first-class mean-fest.

Surrounded by jokes, mathletes, flaky teachers and subcultures galore, Cady climbs up - and slides down - the harrowing social ladder of junior year, and life in the jungle turns out to be cake compared to high school!

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