Mean Girls is back. The 2024 Mean Girls attempts to revive the pop culture classic vibe in the format of a musical based on the play, which was based on the 2004 movie. Tina Fey and Nell Benjamin handled the story. The question is, does the new film live up to the original or even the play it’s based on? Check out the review after the trailer.
New student Cady Heron gets welcomed into the top of the social food chain by an elite group of popular girls called the Plastics, ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, she soon finds herself caught in their crosshairs.
There is hardly anyone in their 30s and 40s who isn’t at the very least aware of the original 2004 film featuring Lindsay Lohan as the lead Cady and Rachel McAdams as Regina. The 2024 version features Angourie Rice and Reneé Rapp respectively in those roles. The film is a musical, so if you didn’t catch that from the trailers or the fact that it’s based on the Stage Play (which is based on the movie), now you know.
There are plenty of easter eggs to the 2004 film including cameo appearances by Tina Fey and Tim Meadows, along with others (no spoilers). However, the story itself is fairly formulaic and unchanged from the core of the original which isn’t specifically a knock on the film, but pointing out that the story itself while modernized for the times isn’t all that different. Where this film is very different is that it is a musical.
Being based on a stage play presents some unique challenges for a movie, in that it has to be able to bring in it a title song that carries away the film after you leave and is memorable. And it has a source to pull from, being the stage play itself. However, like many recent films with musical numbers, Mean Girls doesn’t fully pull off the musical numbers in a way that reaches the levels of memorable or catchy enough to be on repeat.
Still, for those looking to relive the Mean Girls world, updated for modern times of social media and smartphones this should hit all the right notes. However, if you are a fan of the stage play and musicals in general, the film doesn’t rise to the level it should for the category and may leave you wanting to go back and rewatch the 2004 version instead.
Mean Girls hits theatres this Friday.