'Mean Girls 2': When is a sequel not a sequel?
So Mean Girls 2 premiered on ABC Family last night, and as Gretchen Wieners might say, it was so not fetch. The flick tells the story of a pretty outsider who transfers to North Shore High, befriends an unpopular artist, and conspires to bring down the Plastics, a group of three snotty, cruel classmates: a devious queen bee, a dumb, promiscuous blonde, and a high-strung brunette. Soon enough, the protagonist gets a makeover and becomes a member of the ruling class herself. It’s only after a major crisis turns the entire school against her that our girl can get back on track and finally rid the school of Plastics once and for all.
Yes, Mean Girls 2 isn’t a sequel so much as it is a thinly veiled, low-budget remake of the 2004 hit with which it shares a name. This isn’t unusual for straight-to-DVD sequels to popular movies, especially those aimed at teenagers: Every iteration of the Bring It On franchise follows the same blueprint — dueling cheer squads from different socio-economic backgrounds fight for a title — while National Lampoon’s Van Wilder inspired a similar series of movies about college bros behaving badly. And don’t even get me started on American Pie, which has spawned four nearly identical follow-ups on home video (as well as two theatrical sequels that did continue the original film’s story).
Which prompts an important question: Is Paramount preparing to launch a new DVD franchise based around Mean Girls? And if so, what can we do to stop them?
Taken on its own merits, Mean Girls 2 isn’t a total travesty — Amanda Bynes look-a-like Meaghan Martin had some appeal as the movie’s Lindsay Lohan surrogate. But as a supposed sequel to one of the best comedies of the ’00s, it’s pretty heinous. By all means, make rip-offs about bitchy teenage girls one-upping each other at a school presided over by Principal Tim Meadows — just don’t sully Mean Girls‘ reputation by associating those rip-offs with Tina Fey’s masterpiece.
Tell, me, PopWatchers: Did any of you waste two hours of your lives watching Mean Girls 2 last night? And if so, am I being too hard on it?