On April 30 “Mean Girls” was released…

On April 30, 2004 “Mean Girls” was released. The film was based on Rosalind Wiseman’s non-fiction book, “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” written by Tina Fey, and produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.

“Mean Girls” theatrical poster
Paramount Pictures

The film focused on the social cliques that are normally seen in high school, as seen through the eyes of former home-schooled student, Cady (played by Lindsay Lohan), as she encounters a group of girls who are deemed “The Plastics,” who have a strong influence over the student body. “The Plastics” were played by Rachael McAdams (Regina), Lacey Chabert (Gretchen), and Amanda Seyfried in her film debut as Karen. In time, Cady begins to slowly transform into “plastic” herself, being the superficial individual she despises, and finding herself enthralled into the world of backstabbing, manipulating, and lying. 

The Plastics: Gretchen, Regina, and Karen Paramount Pictures

The Plastics: Gretchen, Regina, and Karen
Paramount Pictures

“The Plastics” introduced:

Rounding out the cast are former SNL stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, and Ana Gasteyer. Originally, Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams auditioned for each other’s roles, but producers felt they fit the role of Cady and Regina respectively. Amanda Seyfried originally auditioned for the role of Cady, but producers felt, due to her humor, she fit the persona and role of Karen best. 

Lacey Chabert (Gretchen), Rachel McAdams (Regina) ,Amanda Seyfried (Karen), and Lindsay Lohan (Cady) in

Lacey Chabert (Gretchen), Rachel McAdams (Regina), Amanda Seyfried (Karen), and Lindsay Lohan (Cady) in “Mean Girls.”
Paramount Pictures

Many of the film’s lines have ventured into the lexicon of today’s pop culture. Such phrases as “fetch,” “on Wednesday we wear pink,” as well as the term, “plastic,” have developed a cult following of their own, often used in everyday language. The film itself was a critical and commercial success, earning about $130 million dollars, and earning a huge cult following and cementing itself in pop culture.

One of the most iconic scenes from the film that has often been imitated by fans was when The Plastics performed “Jingle Bell Rock”:

The Plastics performing

The Plastics performing “Jingle Bell Rock”
Paramount Pictures

There have been many talks regarding a possible sequel. As of 2014, there has been talks that the movie studio New Line is looking to adapt Rosalind Wiseman’s “Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future” into the big screen, tentatively titled, “Mean Moms,” with Jennifer Aniston in talks to star in it. The book is a follow up to “Queen Bees and Wannabes.”

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