I watched Mean Girls last night, and thought it was good overall, but kind of went all over the place toward the end. At first it struck me as being like Heathers without the murder, but it deviated from that later on. The ending almost seemed too happy, and even though the girls didn’t take the talk therapy session seriously, it still came across to me as suggesting that sort of thing really can work with teenagers. I guess I felt that, for a movie called Mean Girls, it wasn’t cynical enough. Maybe that’s just due to my own issues with high school, though. Not that my experience was anything like this movie portrayed (being a guy and not even really trying to make friends almost certainly had something to do with that), but it was still pretty bad. I kind of think the people who claim to have actually liked high school just have poor memories. I wonder how it was for Tina Fey, who must have been about the age I am now when she wrote the screenplay.
One reason I’m glad I did see the movie is that it had some good performances, and some actresses I just generally like. Lindsay Lohan was cute before she decided to become a coke fiend. I don’t know. I make fun of her, but I kind of feel sorry for her in a way, even though I probably shouldn’t because her bad choices were her own decision. I remember reading some article several years ago that said that, of all the prefabricated Disney starlets of the time, she was the one most likely to have a lasting career. I can’t remember who else was mentioned in the article aside from Hilary Duff, though (I’m pretty sure it was before Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez achieved any significant fame), and I guess Lindsay is still more famous than her. Actually, didn’t Hilary “write” a novel? I remember seeing it at Target. Anyway, I guess I feel that Lindsay wasted her potential. I still don’t get why the rich and famous ever feel the need to drive drunk. Hire a driver, dumbass! Moving on to someone else, the first movie I saw Rachel McAdams in was Red Eye. That came out only a year after Mean Girls, but she played a high school junior in one and a hotel manager in the other. That’s versatility, I suppose.
Also amusing to me is that Amy Poehler played her character’s mom (her performance was one of the funniest parts of the movie), and they’re only seven years apart in age. Really, Amy seems to be eternally youthful; I kind of can’t believe she’s forty now (not that forty is particularly old, mind you). Then again, I don’t know that I’ve seen much of her since she’s had kids in real life.
And Amanda Seyfried is adorable even when she’s playing a total moron.