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Review – Mean Girls Musical Movie 2024

Mean Girls, the 2024 version is directed by Samantha Jane and Arturo Perez Jr. in their directorial debut. And once again, just like the 2004 film written by Tina Fey. And this film is inspired by the Broadway musical, which of course was based off of the 2004 original film. And it sounds a story of Katie Heron, who’s a hit with the plastics. An A-list girl click at her new school when she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of Alpha Plastic, Regina George. I was 16 years old when Mean Girls came out in ’04 and I was the perfect age for it.

It’s very difficult to describe how much of an impact that movie had on my generation at that time. Everybody was immediately quoting it. It felt like an instant classic. And I think it’s one of those rare examples of when you are the exact right age for a movie when it comes out and you completely immediately know, yeah, this is going to be a thing that sticks around for a long time. I can tell you now is a 35-year-old that I don’t always know if that’s going to happen with films that seemed like their aimed at audiences younger than I am now.

Like when Edge of Seventeen came out, I loved that movie. I have no idea if it’s sticking around in the consciousness of the generation that it’s aimed at. I hope it is. It’s a great movie. But when I saw Mean Girls in ’04, I was like, yeah, this one is not going away. Which is why I was really happy that Tina Fey returned as a screenwriter here because she also wrote the original film and she plays the same role even that she played in that movie alongside Tim Meadows, who interestingly also has an arm cast in this movie, but not out of necessity like he did in the ’04 version.

If you look into the backstory of why he had an arm cast, it’s kind of funny. This movie without a doubt follows the same structure of the original Mean Girls, pretty much beat for beat. The difference of course is that it’s a musical. They break out into song and there’s a lot of that. So if that’s going to bother you, obviously you’re not going to want to see this movie. Musicals aren’t necessarily my favorite genre, but when they’re done right, like I think in the case of this film, I can have a lot of fun with them.

The best part of this movie is the cast. And Gory Rice is great as Katie. Renee Rap is a standout as Regina George. And those are tough shoes to fill. Rachel McAdams is pretty much iconic at this point for that role. I’m not a music critic or anything, but I thought they all had great voices and the music really worked for me. Some of the songs sounded very fun. I never saw the Broadway musical. I’ve never heard it before. So this was all new to me. I suppose the biggest hurdle that fans of the original film are going to have when it comes to this movie is the fact that you have heard these lines spoken in a certain way probably a hundred times because you love the movie and you watch it a lot as I do.

I just watched it with all my friends last summer. And the best way that I can describe that feeling is a bit inside baseball. So bear with me for a second. But if you’re a filmmaker and you watch the rough cut of your movie like 200 times and you’re using a temp score, it’s really difficult to not get married to that temp score and really like it and want your movie to sound that way and get used to the way it sounds. In the second you get the actual score in there. The one your film will have forever.

There might be some separation anxiety from missing the way your film used to sound and having to get used to the fact that it’s still the same movie but now it sounds like this. I’m going to come to the 2024 version of Mean Girls. There are many moments where I heard lines spoken and I thought that’s not how it’s supposed to be said. And then I had to realize no that’s just a different interpretation of this and that’s fine. If it was bad or noticeably like off, then that’s one thing. But if it’s a talented actor just reading the line their way, that’s okay. But it’s going to be difficult for me and other fans of the original Mean Girls to not hear our favorite movie version of that when we listen to this one.

It’s going to happen. But at the same time I was actually pleasantly surprised by the fact that Tina Fey has taken a very if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it approach to this movie. There’s not that much updating that she did. I mean of course there are some social media elements. There’s some more modern phrases that are used. But a lot of the stuff that was good in the original movie is still good here. It’s a bit like William Freakens adaptation of 12 Angry Men. In many ways it’s pretty much the same movie just with different actors and in colour. And it’s still really good because that text is great.

And Tina Fey is a great writer. But there is a bit of an adjustment period if you’re a big fan of the original movie while you watch this one. You see scenes that you are like, yeah, that’s from the original. And I know that no way now they’re singing. That’s new. Oh wait, now we’re back to what I know. Oh, they’re singing again. But that’s not to say the film is bad at all. I mean I actually did really enjoy it. I think more so than I thought I would. I was actually kind of dreading seeing it because I am such a big fan of the original.

And the movie did a lot for me. And I also think that a first time viewer of this movie who’s never seen the original film will have none of these concerns at all. It’s just going to be a new experience for them. So if you are a massive fan of the original film or especially the Broadway musical, check this one out. It’s definitely one of the better January movies I’ve seen. Also, I want to let you know that for the first time and I don’t even know how many years I did a most anticipated movies of the year video. It’s going to be coming out on the 15th. Look forward to that.

I had a lot of fun sifting through all kinds of movies that are coming out this year. Discovered a few things I didn’t even know were coming out. I’m excited to share that with you guys. Thank you so much as always for reading.

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