Reviewed by: Raymond L. Antio
|Featuring:||Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Jonathan Bennett, Lizzy Caplan, Ana Gasteyer|
|Director:||Mark Waters, Mark S. Waters|
Directed by Mark Waters (“Freaky Friday”), from a screenplay by Emmy winner Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”), “Mean Girls” is a fictional comedy based on Rosalind Wiseman’s New York Times bestseller, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, which Times praised as ‘a chilling account of the life of our girls navigate in their school lunchrooms and hallways’.”
Raised and home schooled in Africa, Cady Heron has to try and fit in as a new face in the junior class at an Evanston, Illinois High School. In her mind, peer grouping pressures force her to choose between popularity and all the advantages that go with it, and obscurity and all the disadvantages that come that. Trying not to be cruel, Cady juggles the opposing forces until she has to make a choice between the two.
Language: Several references to female anatomy, both slang and clinical. Girls are referred to as sl**, bi***, wh***, and lesbians.
Sexual content: A teacher removes a coffee stained top and exposes herself, in bra only, to the class and the schools principal. Several instances of open mouth kissing by students. Two students make out semi-clothed. Two students make out clothed on a bed. A teacher is seen passionately kissing a student. A group of students are described as “sexually active.” Tight fit clothing with exposed mid-drift and cleavage.
Violence: Several scenes of people being hit by buses, both fantasizing by another character and in actuality for the story line. There is a large-scale fight with punching, kicking, and pushing. Several characters fall and run into objects. The main character fantasizes about attacking someone in animal-like fashion.
Alcohol/Drugs: Teens seen drinking at parties. Mother offers to provide alcohol to teens. Group of students described as “burnouts.”
Morality/Spiritual Issues: A character’s Mother, who describes herself as a “cool Mom,” is proudly taking pictures of her daughter scantily dressed as a tramp for a costume party as the Father looks on in anguish. “Cool Mom” catches her daughter in bed with a boy and asks if they need a condom before adoringly closing the door to let them continue. A teacher is known to be having relations with two students. One character is declared as gay, and another is thought to be a lesbian by everyone. The main character imagines that someone that is home schooled is perceived as a “religious freak,” cut to a scene of a group of malnourished children with few teeth. The eldest child states, in a southern drawl, that “on the sixth day God created guns to kill animals and homosexuals.” A character’s 7-8 year old sister is seen grind dancing to music videos and later pulling up her top, (back to camera, t-shirt on) imitating a spring break video commercial.
The film takes a straight-line secular trip through high school in America. Sadly some, or all, of the situations in this film occur in schools but, not surprisingly, a spiritual solution is not put forth to guide the characters to a resolution. Being raised in Africa, the main character mostly relies on her knowledge of the law of the jungle to guide her.