Mean Girls

This Summer: be part of the in-crowd

Mean Girls is an American teen genre comedy directed by Mark Waters. The screenplay was written by Tina Fey and is partly based on the non fiction book Queenbees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman.

The film uses a stereotypical American High School setting to explore the turbulent and wild nature of 'mean girls' in a humourous way. Mean Girls focuses on the attempt of the protagonist, Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) to fit into a school situation that is totally alien to her.
This is because of the social and cultural isolation she experienced in Africa which has disconnected her from the world of fashion, music and film and also the complicated social structures of American high schools. As Cady has been homeschooled up until the age of 16,she soon discovers that she is completely unprepared for the 'jungle' of an American high school.

The film explores a common theme of teen fiction and film genre – the difficulty of not belonging.The film emphasises this idea of belonging being difficult and something painful to endure. It deals with many aspects of belonging through the characters.They reveal that connections to groups and communities can create a sense of belonging,it can enrich one's identity and relationships and can lead to acceptance and under-
standing,or could have negative repercussions on an individual.

On her first day at North Shore High School, Cady is befriended by two 'outsiders', the 'arty' Janis and 'too gay to function' Damien who also don't belong to the mainstream. Janis and Damien take her under their wing and introduce her to the life of high school.As with most films of this genre, Mean Girls presents its characters   in stereotypes that a teen audience are able to recognise – the 'popular' group, the 'nerds', the 'jocks' etc. Cady is given a summary of the different social cliques by Janis: “Where you sit is crucial 'cause you got everybody there.You got your freshmen, ROTC guys, preps, J.V...