Mean Girls (2004) – Blu-Ray Steelbook Review

Paramount Pictures delivers a fun new edition of Mean Girls on blu-ray, in a collectible steelbook designed to look like the film’s Burn Book.

Mean Girls, which has since inspired a stage musical, is still a delightful, and incredibly funny film written by Tina Fey, about high school and specifically teenage girls, their cliques and their behaviours.

Lindsay Lohan stars alongside Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried, who portray The Plastics, high school royalty. Lohan plays Cady, who has just returned from Africa with her parents, and for the first time ever, has to socialize and interact with the animals known as the North American teenager.

She falls in, initially, with the art crowd, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese), and at their urging goes undercover in the Plastics when Regina (McAdams) invites her into the close-knit circle.

The film skewers teen culture, while also treating it authentically, which is what makes it so funny, and so heartbreaking. Seeing the way teens, specifically, young women treat one another with such dislike and disdain. They embody the axiom keep your friends closer, and your enemies closer.

And while it’s produced by SNL producer Lorne Micheals, it’s not strictly a SNL film, though Tina Fey brings aboard some familiar faces from the cast including Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer and Tim Meadows. They serve as a supporting cast to Lohan and the rest as Cady goes into insidious, and devious battle with the Plastics and attempts to win the heart of a boy she likes, Aaron (Johnathan Bennett), who just happened to be Regina’s ex.

Mean Girls remains a lot of fun, and the new steelbook comes kitted out with all the legacy extras that the film has put together over the years, there are behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes with commentary, bloopers, and a pair of commentaries featuring director Mark Waters and Tina Fey.

Tina Fey has written a brilliantly funny, and authentic script that resonates with anyone who has ever gone through high school and is likable as she is, she knows to step back into a supporting role to let the Lohan, McAdams, Seyfried, and Chabert shine.

And they do.

I remember when I was working at a video store, and this one came along. It was easy to dismiss it as just another teen comedy, but when you actually watch it, it reveals itself to be smart, funny and a commentary on teen society, high school, as well as the relationships that shape us and define who we are.

Treat yourself to the supremely enjoyable Mean Girls, available today in a new steelbook edition from Paramount Canada, It is just so fetch! Check it out!

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