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Wait… It’s a Musical? "Mean Girls" Review

With the new Mean Girls movie hitting theaters this week, the phrase that I’ve heard by far the most is “Wait…it’s a musical?” 

After two decades since The Plastics entered this world, Mean Girls is being projected onto the silver screen once  again. This time, however, with a twist. Tina Fey’s new musical adaptation of the 2004 film is based on the hit Broadway musical, which was based on the 2004 movie. The 2024 motion picture features songs from the original Broadway performance. Renée Rapp also reprised her role as Regina George in the new movie, acting alongside stars such as Auli'i Cravalho (Janis ‘Imi’ike), Angourie Rice (Cady Heron), and Jaquel Spivey (Damian Hubbard). This fun movie adaptation has a quick pace, following the story of Cady Heron’s High School social life, the dialogue spliced with musical numbers. 

Cady Heron is an 11th-grader who moved from Kenya to a midwestern American city. There, she begins to attend Northshore High School, and deals with an extremely elite clique called the Plastics, led by none other than the Queen Bee, Regina George. Cady then begins to live a double life, conspiring with friends Damian and Janis to embarrass Regina, and pretending to be a Plastic at the same time. Mean Girls has always been one of my favorite movies, the satirical and larger than life plot mixing with fun and interesting characters to create the horrific world of Northshore High. In my opinion, the musical numbers filled out the already excellent plot and created a fun, easy to follow movie. 

With a run time of 112 minutes, Mean Girls isn’t exactly a short movie. However, it doesn’t feel as if the plot is sedentary. The musical numbers are a perfect bridge from one scene to another, and allows characters to express their feelings to the audience without clunky dialogue. Because the initial film is twenty years old, some characters were in dire need of updating.

Janis is a prime example of this. Her character was more flushed out in the new movie, giving her a much more in depth backstory than the first film, explaining her hatred of Regina more. While still keeping the essence of her character, Janis has successfully transformed into a multi dimensional character, not just the revenge fueled teen that she was before. Without spoiling too much, I can say that I really enjoyed how every character was portrayed, but could still easily recognize them from the original. Social Media such as TikTok and Instagram are  also used in the new film, which brings Mean Girls into 2024 with a bang. However, some of the iconic lines from the first movie were kept, which really established a connection between the two movies. When you watch it on the big screen, keep an eye out for Lindsay Lohan— the actress who was Cady Heron in the original— appearing for a cameo!

The songs were a wonderful addition to the film. Because I have never seen the Broadway musical, hearing all the wonderful songs and seeing the choreographed montages were a really fun experience. My personal favorite was Revenge Party, sung by Auli’i Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey, and Angourie Rice. I think that the dance numbers were a great way to smooth out the sometimes abrupt changes between scenes, and they really showcased the cast’s musical talent. All in all, Mean Girls was a really fun movie to watch, and I’d gladly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a really exaggerated and entertaining musical about high school, or just wants to see a bunch of people plotting revenge.

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