Mean Girls: Teen Classic Is Still Shaping Pop Culture


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From Screen To Stage And Back Again

The Plastics are returning, and they’ve never been more fierce. Get ready to don your favorite shades of pink and relive the iconic high school moments because a modern twist on the cult classic hit the screens on January 12, 2024. Mean Girls made a comeback to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and fans are hyped up for its revival.

Take a quick look at lists of highly anticipated films of 2024 and one thing is clear - people are eager to see The Plastics come back again, and the robust early ticket sales for the film are proof. In this article, Hollywood Branded revisits the cultural phenomenon that continues to influence fans of all ages, and its journey from the theater screen to the Broadway stage, and back again.

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A Modern Makeover

Tina Fey, the mastermind behind both the original screenplay and the Broadway adaptation, gave the green light for a contemporary reboot that incorporates the best of both worlds. Drawing from the success of the musical, Paramount's revamp will blend some of the most beloved soundtracks into this new adaptation, promising a fresh take on the beloved tale.


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The cast lineup is impressive. Angourie Rice steps into the shoes of our central character, Cady, while Renee Rapp reprises her stellar role as Regina, straight from the Broadway stage. Auli’i Cravalho and Christopher Briney join in as part of the lead cast, alongside Fey and Tim Meadows returning to reprise their original film roles of Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall respectfully.

Pink is such fun!

Paramount has lined up an assortment of promotional partners for the film, including Pilot whose film-themed campaign includes television and digital advertising, social influencer partnerships and takeover of their Amazon storefront. Pilot is releasing a limited-edition pen pack inspired by the film, which features a collection of 6 shades of pink ink alongside gray and black. The campaign’s theme: Pink Has Never Been So Fun. A truly fetch collection!

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The Cultural Odyssey

Let's rewind to the roots of this cultural juggernaut. Mean Girls, directed by Mark Waters, wasn't just another teen comedy— it was the teen comedy of the early 2000s. It was your typical high school story of queen bees, popularity contests, adolescent jokes, and classmate crushes. The film struck a chord with both audiences and critics and its commercial success launched the careers of several actors. Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams brought their A-game to the screen, supported by breakout performances from Amanda Seyfried, and Lizzy Caplan. Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic gave it a nod with rave reviews, highlighting its fresh humor and portrayal of high school life.

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The film bagged praise from critics like Roger Ebert and Ann Hornaday, with Entertainment Weekly dubbing Fey's screenplay as one of the sharpest high school satires ever. Its impact goes beyond the screen, earning titles like the Greatest Teen Comedy and the Best Movie of the 2000s from Rotten Tomatoes and Marie Claire, respectively.

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Moreover, Mean Girls didn't just stop at critical acclaim—it became a cultural phenomenon. From "Mean Girls Day" celebrations on October 3rd—marked by fans donning pink in reference to the film's iconic dress code—to the creation of GIFs, memes, and social media posts, its influence continues to reverberate across various platforms.


The cast's reunions for charitable causes further solidified the film's legacy. Over the years, they've come together to raise funds for causes like aiding victims of tragic events and supporting projects for clean water access. The cast's reunion moderated by Katie Couric in 2020, aimed at promoting voter registration, stands as a testament to the film's ongoing impact.

From Screen to Stage

By 2013, a musical adaptation of the film was in the works and had its world premiere in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017. The musical soon moved to Broadway and opened officially in April 2018. After 833 performances, the Broadway show closed, although the national touring company continued to perform through 2023 to fans across the country. The musical was honored with numerous writing, performance, and design award nominations, and brought home several for writer Tina Fey and the ensemble cast. Songs from the iconic score are incorporated into the reboot of the film, to bring a fresh take and new energy for its fans to relish and enjoy.


Timeless Influence

As Mean Girls continues to charm audiences, inspire reunions, and drive charitable initiatives, its influence as an emblematic teen comedy of the 21st century remains undisputed. The film's quotable lines, relatable characters, and timeless humor ensure its place not just in cinematic history but as an enduring piece of cultural zeitgeist.

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