'Mean Girls' 10-Year Anniversary: Film Is as 'Fetch' as Ever

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Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 10:52 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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"Mean Girls," the popular comedy depicting high school drama starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert, turns 10 on Wednesday.

The film made $121 million at the box office when it debuted in theaters a decade ago. Today, it is still referenced on social media and in pop culture.

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"It's one of the most popular topics on Twitter, though the movie predates the platform," the New York Times reported. "Tumblr, home of memes that slap 'Mean Girls' lines over photos of everything from 'Hunger Games' to Capitol Hill encounters, says that in the last month alone, users have created more than 10,000 posts and 477,000 notes related to the film."

"Mean Girls" is about a formerly homeschooled girl, played by Lohan, who begins high school and becomes the "insufferable pet" of her school's most popular clique. "Mean Girls" is based on Rosalind Wiseman's book "Queen Bees and Wannabees," and the screenplay was written by Tina Fey, the Times noted.

"In fact, 10 years later, 'Mean Girls' is so popular that it's a wonder Janis Ian hasn't hatched a plot to destroy it," The Daily Beast reported. "A smart script, visionary casting, and some lucky timing (not to mention the rise of .gifs) have helped 'Mean Girls' become the ultimate high school movie."

When it first came out in 2004, "Mean Girls" received OK reviews. But Fey's script and the characters have proven to be enduring. 

"It's only in hindsight, after the endlessly quotable dialogue cemented itself in our lexicon and its untested cast of actors blossomed into bona fide Hollywood starlets, that the movie seems brilliant in any way," The Daily Beast reported."Tina Fey's script was sassy and sharp and just the right balance of irreverent and wise. We couldn't stop quoting it."

Newsday pointed out that "Mean Girls" is still relatable for teen girls, which is another reason for its long popularity.

"Fey's script is funny because it's true, which is arguably the best kind of funny," the article said. "It's that sort of understated humor that not only qualified 'Mean Girls' as a dark comedy, but also made it so relatable for girls aged 13 to 20."

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