Mean Girls vs. Reality

By: Sarai Abraham

Mean Girls is a movie that can be summed up in two words: mean girls. It is about three mean girls in high school nicknamed The Plastics that rule the school. The Plastics consist of three girls, Gretchen Wieners (the gossip), Karen Smith (the dumb one), and the ringleader herself, Regina George. Regina George is the queen bee. Any move made by the girls at North Shore High School is never made without thinking about how she would respond. Being asked to join The Plastics is a rarity that must be discussed by the group first. “…I mean you wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends first if it looks good on you” said Gretchen Wieners. It was a shock when new girl Cady Herron was asked to join The Plastics. She agreed to join The Plastics, and it later became a way to help her friend, Janis Ian (enemy of Regina George) get revenge on Regina George by ruining her life in any way possible. But Cady eventually became like those she surrounded herself with, and was swept into “Girl World”. This included like gossiping, lying and pride. In the end, she realizes that she lost herself and slowly tries to find her way back home, but not without conflict of course.

The movie Mean Girls was written by Tina Fey. The Plastics played by Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried were very convincing mean girls from their body language, to their ability to not break character even when the camera was not on them.

You might be thinking, why would I want to watch a movie about some catty teenage girls? I would be lying if I said the movie is not about stereotypical high school girls, their crushes and gossiping. But I would also be lying if I didn’t say the movie is so much more than that. It emphasizes the importance of staying true to oneself; the value of true friends, the insignificance of popularity and remembering you cannot please everyone. Mean Girls deals with more than just “teenage girl” issues that can only be applied in high school, it includes issues that apply to everyday life.