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Mean Girls Review

Mean Girls (2024) Tim Meadows, Tina Fey, Christopher Briney, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Angourie Rice, Bebe Wood, Avantika, and Auli’i Cravalho in Mean Girls (2024)

A cult classic reimagined, “Mean Girls [2024]” is a masterful interpretation of the hit Broadway musical and the beloved original movie.

While this new adaptation was met with heavy criticism from fans of the musical, it definitely does not deserve the hatred. Many have seemed to forget that this is not a typical pro-shot or remake of the original musical but a brand-new interpretation.

The familiar plot’s revamp comes along with a new energy that many theater fanatics have found off-putting. While some beloved songs are missing altogether, others have been transformed and scared those who have listened only to the soundtrack without watching the movie. Even though some songs no longer have the classic show-tune sound, the calmer melodies are well-suited for the big screen.

Despite the songs being more subdued in nature, the movie remains full of life. The stunning visual effects and camera work show how modern cinematography can elevate an already perfect story. Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner, who specializes in Broadway shows, showed his true colors with his expert use of vivid lighting.

Die-hard fans may miss some of the more familiar numbers that were cut, however, Gretchen’s hair is still full of secrets, Karen continues to spell orange with a “d” and “fetch” is still not happening. This reimagined version keeps many nostalgic nods to the 2004 hit while leaving behind the more insensitive and outdated remarks about weight, teen drinking and derogatory language.

Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprised their original roles of Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall respectively while other characters like Janis, Auli’i Cravalho, and Damian, Jaquel Spivey, got more of a character overhaul. Janis is the envy of all art students as she is frequently shown embroidering and sporting adventurous makeup looks of her own creation. Damian embraces his flamboyant personality and his love of colorful shirts while somehow managing to be more and more hilarious every minute.

Renee Rapp’s modern-day Regina George is no longer the Rachel McAdams’ classic version. Rapp’s interpretation is a more nuanced and less outwardly vicious mean girl. Her effortlessly smooth line delivery made her ruthless comments cut deep.

Cady, played by Angourie Rice, transforms into a mean girl making her seem almost worse than Regina George ever was. Angourie Rice’s performance shows tremendous skill as her entire demeanor evolved alongside Cady’s popularity. Her newfound power is emphasized by the plastics switching from their infamous pink to Cady’s signature shade of blue.

The complexities and minute details that fill the movie at all times are perfect. Subtle hints to the original and Broadway version make for an effortlessly nostalgic masterpiece. While this version is new in many ways, the core message regarding teenage cruelty has remained the same; Judging someone does not make you better than them.





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