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Star(s): Lindsay Lohan, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Niel Flynn
Director: Mark S. Waters
Writer(s): Tina Fey
Company: Paramount Pictures

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Hello? Why are you reading this review when you could be snagging some tickets on Fandango? Seriously, at least open up another browser and multi-task because by the end of this review, you’d better find yourself a nice spot in front of the big screen to laugh your ass off.

Mean Girls rocked the box office this past weekend to open with $25 million under its belt and steal the number #1 from Garner’s 13 Going On 30. Whoa. Was it Freaky Friday’s Lindsay Lohan apple-cheeked appeal? The funtastic directing chops of Mark Waters? Tina Fey’s wounding wit? The cast of SNL alums scattered all throughout the film?

Try all of them.

Based on Rosalind Wiseman’s analysis of teen social hierarchy “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence,” Mean Girls is the baby of SNL Head Writer and “Weekend Update” co-anchor, Tina Fey. Though, I’ve frequently found myself wondering about all those flat jokes on “Weekend Update” (and SNL for that matter), I know now where not to point the finger. (Hint: It's not Tina Fey.)

I shall now proceed to worship at the altar of Tina Fey.

Fey’s dark, barbed wit turns Mean Girls into a laugh-a-minute that takes off from Heathers and Clueless and creates its own wicked brand of comedy. I have never enjoyed a film from SNL folks as much. I LOVED (adored, treasured, cherished) Mean Girls. The permanent teen trapped in my body came for Lohan’s likeability and stayed for Fey’s sizzling round of zingers. Thanks to Fey, I laughed so hard my face hurt. Fortunately, everyone else in the theatre was laughing right along with me.

The turn out in the theater included all ages, races, sexes and sexual orientations. The beauty of Mean Girls is its mass market appeal. Who doesn’t remember the group of super snobs that reigned in their high school while making everyone else’s life truly miserable? Frequently, the innocent and ethereal are portrayed by lithe, blond girls with big blue eyes but Rachel McAdams is killer as Regina King, Queen Bee of badass teen trio, The Plastics. McAdams makes Regina a monster, part bitch Barbie and part source of all evil, even a haughty Heather would be wary of her.

Poor Cady Heron (Lohan) strolls into high school with no conception of what sort of jungle she’s walked into. Home-schooled in Africa by her parents, a pair of research zoologists, Cady is as wholesome as Lohan looks. Frustrated by all the school rules that don’t seem to trust the students, Cady makes fast friends with outcasts, Janis Ian and Damian — think of them as Winona Ryder’s Veronica Sawyer, Christian Slater’s jaded J.D., and Jon Cryer’s Duckie all rounded into two.

Janis’s beef with Regina and her minions, Gretchen Wieners (Chabert) and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried), quickly turns into Cady’s mission when Regina tongues down her former boyfriend Aaron Samuels at a party because Cady has expressed interest in him. A much cattier Cady suits up (er, um, down) to infiltrate The Plastics, win over her crush and save the future of what Cady calls “Girlworld.” Score one for the underdogs!

Ah, Girlworld, the messy place that is female interaction in high school. Double-crosses and backstabs abound. I’d love to say that it’s all exaggerated in the film but I went to high school, people, and I did it as a drama geek and an English class nerd. Fey is keyed into the high school jungle and the sort of winsome girl that could either flounder or survive in its midst. Cady does both and it’s spectacularly fun to watch.

Mean Girls is a kick-ass teen comedy that’s all bite! It’s a welcome addition to a new millennium where most teens have never heard of Heathers and are too young to remember Clueless. Lohan’s stardom has successfully launched into orbit with the help of Fey and Waters.

So, how are those tickets on Fandango coming along?

Darisa Diaz is a native New Yorker with an obsession for film who will watch anything (bad or good) for the sheer thrill of being entertained. She currently works as a freelancer writer and juggles various "admin" jobs to pay the bills. She has also labored long hours at CosmoGIRL! and Seventeen magazine.

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