Mean Girls

Mean Girls ★★★★★

A few come close, but it’d take something truly amazing to dethrone this from being the queen of chick flicks. Expertly crafted by Mark Waters and Tina Fey, Mean Girls is a masterclass on clever screenwriting and a keystone of millennial culture.

Exaggerated as it might be, it hits all the right notes with cliques among teen girls that make little sense in the grand scheme of things (I once had the misfortune of having a Regina George in my friend group) and is a smart play on the fish out of water trope. Lindsay Lohan was perfectly cast as Cady, who’s been homeschooled her entire life and sheltered from high school dynamics, while the film also served as an excellent rise to stardom for Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. The standout though is Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Weiners, the heir to Toaster Strudel.

18 years later, Mean Girls is still the popular girl.

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