Mean Girls (2024) Review

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When does a reboot not become a reboot? Perhaps when it is the Mean Girls remake based on the 2017 Broadway musical that was adapted from the 2004 film, itself loosely based on Queen Bees And Wannabes, a non-fiction parenting book published in 2002. However, it can appear as if nu-Mean Girls comes with a lot of sparkly pink baggage attached but, from this zippy opening prologue number onwards, it’s very much a case of speedy boarding onto first-class flight that requires zero prior knowledge which manages to reward its fans with good inside gags.

Musical Switch has mainly increased character depth and provided an opportunity for the direct expression of feelings and motives such that breaking the fourth wall would have come off as too awkward without the use of songs. Unlike the voice-over narration from Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), other characters are well developed; what is more, why have an internal monologue when you can look at the camera and sing out loud any well-developed power ballad along with backup dancers?

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As before, Cady is brought into friendship by two nerds Damian (Jaquel Spivey) and Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) who convince her to help them take down A-list clique The Plastics under the leadership of Regina (Reneé Rapp). So there isn’t really anything major different about the storyline. It’s those moments where we feel like we’re watching original Mean Girls cosplay though some cases just do not work quite right especially as far as fresh lines, subtle updates or evolutions go. What works better than most instances where this endlessly meme’d line from 2004 is repeated verbatim is Dim bulb Karen (Avantika Vandanapu) breathlessly comforting Regina over an unfortunate massive zit on her face landing on “Is sexy like face breast?

Aside from just being straight-up funny in the manner of 30 Rock, Tina Fey’s screenplay captures how nice-sounding words from modern progressive discourse can be used to manipulate people. For example, Regina whispers huskily into Aaron’s ear telling him that “a lot of unresolved trauma from the way things ended with us” or Cady getting called out at Halloween: “If you don’t dress slutty, that is slut-shaming us.” A new generation with a different vocabulary but the same tricks.

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