Mean Girls

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Mean Girls ★★★ 2004 (PG-13)

“SNL” head writer/performer Fey successfully takes her sassy wit to the big screen with this clever teen comedy. Cady (Lohan) is a home-schooled kid raised in Africa attending school for the first time at 16 who uses jungle animals as her frame of reference. The popular girls are The Plastics, Barbieesque divas led by Regina (McAdams), who take in the brainy Cady for sport. When Cady stupidly reveals her crush on Regina's ex, she quickly becomes a target. Familiar but updated, edgy portrayal of the high school social caste system is probably the smartest teen comedy since the heyday of John Hughes. Based on the non-fiction book “Queen Bees and Wannabees” by Rosalind Wiseman. 97m/C DVD . US Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Sey-fried, Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Daniel Franzese, Courtney Chase, Neil Flynn, Jonathan Bennett; D: Mark S. Waters; W: Tina Fey; C: Daryn Okada; M: Rolfe Kent.