Mean Girls is one of the most quotable films of a generation. Wear pink on Wednesdays, don't cross The Plastics, and tell Aaron Samuels the date on October 3. But now that millennials have gone from relating to the sassy highschoolers to channeling their inner cool moms, you may be wondering whether or not this cult classic film should be re-watched with your children. (Note: Some spoilers are ahead.)
Tina Fey wrote Mean Girls.
Tina Fey's film is a woman-led comedy starring Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron, Rachel McAdams as Regina George, Amanda Seyfried as Gretchen Wieners, Tina Fey as Mrs. Norbury, Amy Poehler as Mrs. George, and more. It's a bubble-gum teen film about high school cliques, popularity, friendship, and finding yourself, which is somehow both funny and heartfelt.
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) believes she knows how to survive the toughest when she enters public high school for the first time and falls prey to the unwritten social norms that teenage girls face today? Is her journey to the top worth it to get Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) to notice her?
In the movie, there is jargon and sexuality.
Mean Girls includes crude jokes, sexual references, and name calling, such as a slut-faced ho bag, a slick b-tch, and a scene in which a teacher is raping a minor girl, and another where he is committing statutory rape with two students. There is a Halloween party where most of the high school girls dress up as total slut.
Drinking underage, assault, and body-shaming are common.
At one point, Mrs. George offers alcohol to Regina and her friends, and one time, Cady drinks so much that she breaks up and throws up. There are also fantastical violence scenes, where Cady imagines jungle-like battles happening at school. Examples of body shaming, dieting, and tricking a girl to eat calorie-loaded energy bars
Mean Girls depicts the difficulties of completing high school in a realistic way.
Mean Girls has adult themes, but it is also a good reflection of the difficulties and prejudices high school girls often face. It depicts the ways teens will go to in order to succeed, regardless of who gets hurt along the way.
According to Common Sense Media, it's a biting satire that doesn't shy away from some adults' hypocrisy and doesn't prey on adolescents' language and behavior.
Mean Girls is rated PG-13.
The PG-13 rating applies to sexual content, language, and some teen partying. This film probably wouldnt be suitable for kids or tweens, but it remains a viable option for families with teenagers. Especially if it provokes discussion on bullying and popularity.
Mean Girls is now available on Paramount+.