Timothy Gunatilaka
September 24, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mean Girls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/30/04
performer
Lacey Chabert, Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Tim Meadows, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler
director
Mark S. Waters
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Tina Fey
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

Tina Fey should be a gymnast. Pitting new gal in town Lindsay Lohan against queenie meanie Rachel McAdams and her plastic minions, Fey’s first script is a shrewd balancing act of sweet and sour, deft and daft dialectics. Sure, some of <Mean Girls‘ bits are played out (is another ESP-ESPN joke really neccesary?), but with goofy gags like Amy Poehler’s demented wannabe mommy pushing booze on the kids, the jungle psychoanalysis of adolescents, and an ever-evolving teen vernacular (”Fetch!”), Fey’s subversive wit taps into fart-induced hee-haws without wholly becoming the usual tweenybopper trifle.

EXTRAS Further highlighting Girls‘ subtle mastery is director Mark Waters’ commentary on technical attentiveness to foreshadowing, film speeds, and layering Lindsay’s hair. Yet the overflow of interviews with cast and crew gushing about their own movie gets tired fast. We understand already — Mean Girls is so fetch!

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