Friday, July 20, 2012

Mean Girls (2004) - Review

Maybe this isn't a movie I should like; it is rather girly, after all. But hey, call it a guilty pleasure. It's essentially a teen movie, and I can't help but love the genre (particularly the 90s fare like Can't Hardly Wait). Luckily, with Tiny Fey penning the film, it can be girly, but also have funny moments and a ton of those characters that you love to hate (or hate to love... I forget).

It's a typical teen movie setup; new kid makes friends with dorky kids and the befriends the popular kids, slowly becoming one herself.  There's a lot of wackiness involving the characters and so on and so on; yes, she learns her lesson in the end.  Okay, so it's not the most original movie ever.

However, the humor is mostly well-done, at least as far as the main characters go (though the side characters are way more one-note).  All of the main actors do a good job of portraying the over-the-top caricatures of the classic high school stereotypes, and Tina Fey shines as the likeable math teacher.

It's not without its faults, but the movie is just a lot of fun to watch.  Lindsay Lohan, pre real life shenanigans, is actually very likeable in the lead role; she's actually a big part of why the movie works so well.  Ultimately though, its charm is something difficult to explain.  I mean, is Can't Hardly Wait a great movie?  No, not at all.  It's actually pretty dumb.  But it's a fun movie and I love it anyway.

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