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Mean Girls (Blu Ray)

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Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) thinks she knows all about the "survival of the fittest." But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time.

Trying to find her place among jocks, athletes, and other subcultures, Cady crosses paths with the meanest species of all -- the Queen Bee, aka the cool and calculating Regina (Rachel McAdams), leader of the school's most fashionable clique, The Plastics. When Cady falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend, though, the Queen Bee is stung -- and she schemes to ruin Cady's social future. Cady's own claws soon come out as she leaps into a hilarious "Girl World" war that has the whole school running for cover.

Co-starring and written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, Mean Girls is "Viciously funny!" (Neil Turitz, Star)

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 210687783
UPC 097361427249
UPC 14 00097361427249
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/13/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Awards
MTV Award (2005) Lindsay Lohan, Winner, Best Female Performance,Lindsay Lohan, et. al., Winner, Best On-Screen Team,Rachel McAdams, Winner, Breakthrough Female,Rachel McAdams, Nominee, Best Villain
People's Choice (2005) Mean Girls, Nominee, Favorite Movie Comedy
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers, "Mean Girls" is a smart and funny one. It even contains some wisdom, although I hesitate to mention that lest I scare off its target audience. The TV ads, which show Lindsay Lohan landing ass over teakettle in a garbage can, are probably right on the money; since that scene is nothing at all like the rest of the movie, was it filmed specifically to use in the commercials?..."Mean Girls" dissects high school society with a lot of observant detail, which seems surprisingly well-informed. The screenplay by "Saturday Night Live's" Tina Fey is both a comic and a sociological achievement, and no wonder; it's inspired not on a novel but on a nonfiction book by Rosalind Wiseman. Its full title more or less summarizes the movie: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence...In the middle of all this, Lindsay Lohan, who was 17 when the movie was filmed, provides a center by being centered. She has a quiet self-confidence that prevents her from getting shrill and hyper like so many teenage stars; we believe her when she says that because of her years in Africa, "I had never lived in a world where adults didn't trust me." She never allows the character to tilt into caricature, and for that matter even the Plastics seem real, within their definitions of themselves, and not like the witch-harridans of some teenage movies...Will teenage audiences walk out of "Mean Girls" determined to break with the culture of cliques, gossip and rules for popularity? Not a chance. That's built into high school, I think. But they may find it interesting that the geeks are more fun than the queen bees, that teachers have feelings, and that you'll be happier as yourself than as anybody else. I guess the message is, you have to live every day as if you might suddenly be hit by a school bus.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review If John Hughes, Heathers, and their teen-comedy disciples are to be believed, adolescents develop a sense of hierarchy and social order long before they start to question their place in it, which is why conformity and cruelty tend to go hand-in-hand in the upper grades. Freely adapted from Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees And Wannabes, which offers a parent's guide to the harsh intricacies of "Girl World," the acrid bubblegum satire Mean Girls isn't content to accept this caste system as a given. In its sharpest moments, the film steps back and takes an anthropologist's view of high school, with cliques as tribes and lunchroom tables as a set of clearly demarcated territories...The home-schooled daughter of African zoologists, Lindsay Lohan keenly notes the connection between a suburban public school and the animal kingdom, but that doesn't prevent her from being a gazelle among lions when she attends school herself...Saturday Night Live news co-anchor Tina Fey, who wrote the script and appears in a key supporting turn, doesn't give Wiseman's concepts the full Luis Bunuel treatment they deserve, but she smuggles a few bitter insights into an often empty-headed subgenre. The best jokes riff on the arbitrary rules and trends that confine teenagers to the rigid social climate of an Edith Wharton novel, with minor fashion faux pas leading to poisonous gossip and even outright banishment. The film lacks the discipline to stay on point all the time, but Fey and director Mark S. Waters (Freaky Friday) have fun with offbeat throwaway touches, like burdening an already world-weary principal (Tim Meadows) with carpal tunnel syndrome, or giving gangsta inflections to a star mathlete. Considering the herd mentality of other PG-13 teen disposables, Mean Girls stands out like a "Floater" in Wiseman's Girl World, confident enough to think for itself and still fit in with its peers.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Scott Tobias
ReviewRating 7
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Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Smart, funny, well-acted and visually lively.
Gene Shalit, Today Awesome, cool and wicked-good!
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post ...funny as hell. And yes, I mean hell, not heck.
Us Weekly A hysterical comedy!
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe ...always entertaining and frequently smart...

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