High school hierarchy at its best: Mean Girls tells it all

April 30, 2004, midnight | By Betsy Costillo | 16 years, 8 months ago

High school cliques. The Alpha Female. The cute guy, and the ultimate revenge. Sound familiar? Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman, Mean Girls is the classic story of high school hierarchy and teenage warfare, written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey and directed by Mark S. Waters, which could hit home with all teenage girls who have experienced the nasty world of high school.

Cady Heron (Lindsey Lohan) has just returned to the United States after growing up and being home schooled in Africa. On her first day of public school, she finds herself lost in a completely different jungle with a new species of animal: the teenager.

Cady first befriends two geeks, (Daniel Franzese and Lizzy Caplan), who lay down the social survival rules for her, and warn her away from ‘The Plastics' (Lacy Chabert, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried), the most beautiful and popular girls in school.

However, after Cady is invited to eat lunch with The Plastics by the Queen Bee herself, Regina George (Rachel McAdams), she finds herself a part of the master plan to take down the queen. Unfortunately, Cady falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), and a full-out war breaks loose between the two girls. Cady finds herself resorting to the deceptive, backstabbing warfare of the high school jungle as she challenges Regina for control of the pride.

Lohan pulls off the role of "good girl gone bad" as easily as McAdams plays a real-life Barbie with a twist of witch. Both girls bring endless laughs to the film as they backstab each other and fight their way to the position of Alpha Female.

While Mean Girls is certainly following Clueless and She's All That down the road of the dumb-blonde and chick fight genre, it manages to be highly humorous while still implying a serious message about teen behavior, and give parents a pretty good insight into the lives of their teenagers.

Mean Girls is Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, and some teen partying.

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