“Mean Girls”: The Movie of an Era

Nadia Sadiq, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Practically everyone has seen or at least heard of the movie Mean Girls at some point of their life. Tina Fey’s movie adaptation inspired by Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabees has reached cult status since its release in 2004. What makes the movie so popular that we’re still quoting it today?

Maybe it’s the simple plot: a girl going to high school after being homeschooled her entire life meet some of the worst people you could and ends up being influenced by them too much. There’s so much that people could relate to—even the average student at MAC. Everyone at some point has had a friend or known someone who was a bad influence, or been scared about a new life change like high school.

What made the movie reach meme status, though, were the brilliant one-liners in the film. Even phrases like “word vomit” and “fetch” entered the vernacular of students. The comedy and Fey’s wit made the film more light-hearted and stand out from other high school themed movies. The Burn Book, while hilarious, seems a lot like bullying—cyber bullying in particular— but was tackled in a way that made us forget that for a moment.

No matter the reasons, Mean Girls has become the movie of our generation. You’ll see all sorts of costumes inspired by it at Halloween—maybe you spotted one at MAC—and memes galore on the internet. And there’s always that one friend who can quote it word-for-word. If you haven’t watched the film yet, I highly suggest searching it up—it is definitely worth the watch.

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