MEAN GIRLS (2024) – “Is actually pretty fetch”

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DIRECTOR

Directed by: Samantha Jayne & Arturo Perez Jr. (Feature directorial debut)

MAIN CAST

• Angourie Rice as Cady Heron
• Reneé Rapp as Regina George
• Auliʻi Cravalho as Janis 'Imi'ike
• Christopher Briney as Aaron Samuels
Jaquel Spivey as Damian Hubbard
• Bebe Wood as Gretchen Wieners
• Avantika as Karen Shetty
• Tina Fey as Ms. Norbury
• Tim Meadows as Principal Duvall
• Jenna Fischer as Ms. Heron
• Busy Philipps as Mrs. George
Jon Hamm as Coach Carr

SYNOPSIS

It is based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Mark Waters's 2004 comedy film – both written by Tina Fey.

New student Cady Heron gets welcomed into the top of the social food chain by an elite group of popular girls called the Plastics, ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina's ex-boyfriend, she soon finds herself caught in their crosshairs.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Ok, I’ll say it, the 2024 musical Mean Girls film is actually pretty fetch. Was there any real need to make this hybrid of the 2004 film and Broadway musical? Not at all. But, that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. And really, that’s what this movie does for its near 2-hour runtime – entertains! For one, the entire cast is impeccable (both the returning and new faces). Renee Rapp as Regina George is especially great, as she not only embodies the character that Rachel McAdams made famous, but adds her own twists. That goes for everyone really. However, if I’m being honest, this new version sanitizes the “meanness” of the original a little too much. “The Plastics” are offensive-lite and nowhere near as nasty as they were originally portrayed. That’s not the only update the movie has going for (or against) it, though. There’s plenty of new jokes and sassy punchlines to go around. Of course, the biggest change to the original film is all the music. And, well, it’s fun. There truly are some standout musical numbers with impressive choreography. And thankfully, it doesn’t feel “tacked on.” In fact, the film has a wonderful pace to it, easily hitting all the key plot points while also throwing some clever winks and genuine surprises along the way. So, it’s best you “get in loser” and check it out for yourself.

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