100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die

Mean Girls (2004)

Country: USA
Director: Mark Waters
Screenwriter: Tina Fey
Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Jonathan Bennett

Teen comedies are given to immaturity. Thinking the target audience couldn't care less about sharp intelligence and witty irreverence, screenwriters of nonsense like She's All That settle for generic mediocrity, churning out dumb scripts for pretty faces to lifelessly act out. And then there's a scribe like Tina Fey, who's smarter in her sleep than most of Hollywood's writers are on three cups of coffee.

Taking a crack at the high school movie, the hilarious Saturday Night Live writer approached teenage cliques with an inclusive spirit. The characters, from Lindsay Lohan's scheming good girl to Rachel McAdams' despicable monster, aren't caricatures. Fey understood they couldn't be if she was going to sell the movie's high-quality brand of of lowbrow humor. —MB

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