Genre Guesstimation – Mean Girls (2004)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to ensemblecarl@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“[narrating] Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.” – Cady

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After moving back to the states after having been home schooled for years by her parents in Africa, a young girl must find a way to navigate the political and social playground of high school.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about when it came out yet never had much of a desire to watch because it didn’t seem like something that I would enjoy.

Boy was I wrong!!

This was such a fun film and it surprised me how engaging it was the whole way through.

The way that the characters are developed is done so well and even though the film is filled with stereotypes, they are all created really well that they don’t feel like caricatures and instead seem like real people.

Tina Fey is an amazing writer and this movie is further proof as to how in touch with reality she is and is able to write characters and story lines that come across as being quite realistic the whole way through.

Parts of the story are presented in a very over the top fashion, yet they still manage to find a way to get their message across quite clearly.

The cast of this movie is quite talented and the added bonus of having lots of SN alumni in some key roles helps make this film even more fun to watch.

The story is quite layered and is able to work on various levels especially since the story is able to flow so well.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works so much better than I would have expected.  The characters are all developed quite well and despite each of them filling a typical stereotype, they all still come across as being three dimensional.  Fey is an amazing writer and this film is proof of that since she is able to make it all feel so realistic. The story works really well and despite a few aspects seeming a bit over the top, they are able to get the message across quite easily. The cast is filled with lots of SNL alumni that helps keep things quite fun.  The story is able to work on numerous levels largely due to the way that the story flows along so well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tina Fey envisioned backgrounds for all of the characters. If any of the actors had questions about their characters, she could fill in the blanks for them. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite, but comes close even though this is a fun film that is much better than I would have expected it to be.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Mean Girls (2004)

  1. I had passes to one of the big theater chains and I tried to talk my girlfriend into going to the movies FOR FREE instead of going to the art houses (like Laemmle) where we usually went to the movies. I was reading off the choices (Regal or AMC or something like that) and my heart sank when I noticed the pickings were slim, even for me, and I’m a pretty big fan of the usual cinema fare. But I liked the Mean Girls cast and I thought I’d heard it was good (I thought it was going to be something like Jawbreaker) and I tried to talk her into going. NO DICE! I don’t remember what we did instead.

    A year or so later, I’m hearing the buzz about Mean Girls and it’s already well on its way to be a modern classic! I saw it on DVD and I’ve seen it a few times since then. Great movie! It would be a contender for Favorite Movie of 2004 is it didn’t have to compete with The Life Aquatic.

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