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Mean Girls

  • 2004
  • PG-13
  • 97min
  • 83%
  • 7 / 10

After spending her childhood years being homeschooled in Africa, teenage Cady Heron tries to fit in at a public school in Illinois but finds herself befriending an elite and popular group.

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After reading Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman, screenwriter Tina Fey approached Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels to pitch an idea of a film based on the book. Michaels then contacted Paramount Pictures to option the book. Since the book is nonfiction, Fey had to write the storyline from a blank slate. She pulled inspiration from her own high school experience and from her experience of working at Evanston Township High School. Lindsay Lohan was originally set to play the role of Regina George, but the filmmakers believed that she mirrored Cady’s character more. In addition to that, Lindsay had apprehensions about a mean girl role, as she felt it would damage her public image. This led her to accept the role of Cady. Amanda Seyfried was also considered for Regina, but producers felt that her eccentric brand of humor and her proclivity to zone out would be a great fit for the role of Karen. Rachel McAdams finally clutched the role of Regina, since Fey saw McAdams’ kind and polite demeanor would be perfectly suitable for a beguiling character. Producers were initially opposed to hiring Lizzy Caplan for the role of Janis Ian as they felt Caplan exceeded their beauty standards for the role. However, Caplan proved that she was able to show raw emotions.


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Based on American author Rosalind Wiseman’s self-help book titled Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy that follows a teenage girl who tries to get on the good side of a clique of girls at a public high school after being homeschooled all her life in Africa. It was directed by Mark Waters from a screenplay penned by Tina Fey.