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3,393 Ratings

Mean Girls

Directed by Mark Waters
United States, Canada, 2004


Raised in the African bush, Cady Heron thinks she understands ‘survival of the fittest’. The law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when she enters a 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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Mean Girls Directed by Mark Waters

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

2005 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay (Screen)



Critics reviews

Part of the appeal of the movie is its faux naïveté. It’s a first-person story that’s filled with the interior monologue of a smart and perceptive middle-class suburban girl who’s distinguished from her classmates by the fact of never having had classmates. She was raised in Africa and home-schooled by her zoologist parents; through her eyes, the unexceptional appears strange and novel. It’s [a conceit] that depends on an anchoring star who is, in effect, the Jamesian central consciousness.
April 30, 2014
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Fey drills down into the ways in which young women gain and maintain power within both the ever-shifting sands of high school popularity and the relentlessly image-obsessed culture fed to them by mass media. Mean Girls allows itself a bit of speechifying about the self-destructive impulses behind the girls’ endless name-calling and back-biting, but the most satisfying moments come when Fey allows us to see the subtle cracks in each character’s fastidiously maintained façade.
March 14, 2014
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