Mean Girls Tina Fey should be a gymnast. Pitting new gal in town Lindsay Lohan against queenie meanie Rachel McAdams and her plastic minions, Fey's first script… Mean Girls Tina Fey should be a gymnast. Pitting new gal in town Lindsay Lohan against queenie meanie Rachel McAdams and her plastic minions, Fey's first script… 2004-04-30 PG-13 PT97M Comedy Lacey Chabert Tina Fey Lindsay Lohan Tim Meadows Lizzy Caplan Daniel Franzese Ana Gasteyer Rachel McAdams Amy Poehler Paramount Pictures
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Mean Girls (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
LOOKING NICE, ACTING NAUGHTY Lohan and Co.
LOOKING NICE, ACTING NAUGHTY Lohan and Co.

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Min. Age 10-12 Yrs Old

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Details Release Date: Apr 30, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 97 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Lacey Chabert, Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan and Tim Meadows; Distributor: Paramount Pictures; More

Tina Fey should be a gymnast. Pitting new gal in town Lindsay Lohan against queenie meanie Rachel McAdams and her plastic minions, Fey's first script is a shrewd balancing act of sweet and sour, deft and daft dialectics. Sure, some of ' bits are played out (is another ESP-ESPN joke really neccesary?), but with goofy gags like Amy Poehler's demented wannabe mommy pushing booze on the kids, the jungle psychoanalysis of adolescents, and an ever-evolving teen vernacular (''Fetch!''), Fey's subversive wit taps into fart-induced hee-haws without wholly becoming the usual tweenybopper trifle.

EXTRAS Further highlighting Girls' subtle mastery is director Mark Waters' commentary on technical attentiveness to foreshadowing, film speeds, and layering Lindsay's hair. Yet the overflow of interviews with cast and crew gushing about their own movie gets tired fast. We understand already -- Mean Girls is so fetch!

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints