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Mean Girls - Special Collector's Ed.  (2004)

 

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

Release Date: September 21, 2004
Review posted: September 28, 2004

 

Reviewed by Charly Quach

 

SYNOPSIS

 

After growing up abroad, young teenager Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) moves to Chicago, where she quickly makes inroads into the most popular clique in high school -- that is, until Cady falls in love with the ex-boyfriend of one of the clique members… then there's hell to pay.

 

CRITIQUE

 

Based on Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls was written by Tina Fey (who also co-stars). She and Tim Meadows bring some Saturday Night Live style humor to this film. Lindsay Lohan turns out a decent performance as Cady, the movie’s leading good (and later mean) girl. Nearly everyone’s first impression of this film is that it is a film solely for teenage girls. After watching this movie, viewers should be pleasantly surprised.

 

The movie doesn’t contain much substance, but it isn’t supposed to. The movie is a raunchy, almost too real look at popular teenage girl behavior. It is meant to be a spoof, with some activity being familiar in high schools today, while the rest is a bit outrageous - everything from stealing boyfriends to gossiping is touched upon. The school-wide riot was a bit unbelievable, but there are many funny moments such as Gretchen (Lacey Chabert, TVs Party of Five) telling Karen (Amanda Seyfried) that she just can’t ask people why they’re white, and Damian (Daniel Franzese) saying “Oh no she did not”. The list goes on.

 

Most guys will, and should not be, ashamed to tell others how funny and entertaining Mean Girls actually is. Aside from the eye candy, Mean Girls provides (literally) laugh out loud comedy from start to finish.

 

THE VIDEO

 

Paramount presents Mean Girls in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Picture quality looks very good, colors are bright and clear, and the print is in great shape.

 

THE AUDIO

 

Paramount presents Mean Girls in English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, as are the various sound effects and pop songs.

 

THE EXTRAS


The commentary by writer/actor Tina Fey, director Mark Waters and producer Lorne Michaels is decent, but doesn't offer anything special. Some issues are touched upon, with Fey providing fun trivia, but there is also silence here and there.

Next are nine deleted scenes, which are fun to watch, with optional commentary from Waters and Fey. Then we get three featurettes: The Politics of Girl World, an interview with author Rosalind Wiseman, Plastic Fashion, a look at the film's fashion/costume design, and Only the Strong Survive, a usual making-of with cast and crew interviews as well as behind-the-scenes footage, that run for a combined 45 minutes or so.


Lastly, Word Vomit offers a little over five minutes worth of bloopers. The film's trailer, TV spots, and previews round out the bonus features.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

Mean Girls is a funny movie, and the DVD extras are pretty decent. It's definitely worth a look.

 

VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

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:: The Disc

 

:: Disc Ratings

 

THE MOVIE

8

THE VIDEO

8

THE AUDIO

8

THE EXTRAS

7

OVERALL

8

 

:: Merchandise

 

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