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Mean Girls (DVD)

/ Oct 6th, 2004 No Comments

SYNOPSIS:
Tina Fey, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live's news segment, acts as one of the actresses and lead writer for Mean Girls, a witty satire about what it is to be popular, evil, and seek revenge against those that wrong you. The movie also is a great satire of the relationships that women forge at an early age and how they can really bring out the worst in each other. Lindsay Lohan, best known for her Disney work, busts out (literally) in this role which is more meant for adults than for her usual teen audience (this film is rated PG-13) .
EXTRAS

Impressive stuff here:

Available subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Commentary by director Mark Waters, producer Lorne Michaels, screenwriter/actress Tina Fey
Commentary by director Mark Waters, producer Lorne Michaels, screenwriter/actress Tina Fey
Deleted scenes with commentary from the director and screenwriter
Bloopers
"Only the Strong Survive" featurette
"The Politics of Girl World" featurette
"Plastic Fashion" featurette
Paramount has done an excellent job putting together a ton of extras for people to check out..

ENTERTAINMENT
This movie was so far and away different from what I expected. I guess I should have done a little research and realized that Mean Girls had a distinctive SNL flair. This was not your next "Lindsay Lohan teenie bopper" flick at all … this was a satire that showed just how ridiculous women can be with each other. The comedy is definitely adult themed, the topics very mature, and the comedy moreso. Personally, I thought it had it moments and was worth watching. Lohan brought in a good performance, and the supporting cast, led by the hilarious performance of Tim Meadows who had some really hilarious scenes as the school principal.
LASTING FACTOR
I have no idea how many times I'll be rewatching this DVD, but I have loaned it out to a few people who have wanted to re-watch the film after already seeing it in the theater. If you like teen revenge films with a lot of skin, then this is right up your ally.
AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY
The widescreen filming and video quality is adequate, and the Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround sound is fairly impressive. For a movie such as this, A/V quality is not that much of a big deal … nevertheless this DVD gets solid scores.
ORIGINALITY
I think we can all reel off about 5 movies about the same type of subjects in Mean Girls … a nice girl takes revenge against the popular crowd … somehow she gets caught up in being one of them … et cetra et cetra. The theme wasn't so original, but perhaps the resolution of most of the conflicts were. It wasn't completely predictable, but for the most part, didn't offer too much new for film.
OVERALL IMPRESSION
Overall, Mean Girls is a pretty decent film worth a rent if you never caught the movie in the theater. It's got some really funny parts, and on the whole will make you nod your head in approval. The lasting factor isn't all that great as this isn't a movie you'll be playing too many times in your DVD player, but the DVD is definitely strong when it comes to extras.

SYNOPSIS

Tina Fey, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live's news segment, acts as one of the actresses and lead writer for Mean Girls, a witty satire about what it is to be popular, evil, and seek revenge against those that wrong you. The movie also is a great satire of the relationships that women forge at an early age and how they can really bring out the worst in each other. Lindsay Lohan, best known for her Disney work, busts out (literally) in this role which is more meant for adults than for her usual teen audience (this film is rated PG-13) .

EXTRAS

Impressive stuff here:

Available subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Commentary by director Mark Waters, producer Lorne Michaels, screenwriter/actress Tina Fey
Commentary by director Mark Waters, producer Lorne Michaels, screenwriter/actress Tina Fey
Deleted scenes with commentary from the director and screenwriter
Bloopers
"Only the Strong Survive" featurette
"The Politics of Girl World" featurette
"Plastic Fashion" featurette
Paramount has done an excellent job putting together a ton of extras for people to check out..

ENTERTAINMENT

This movie was so far and away different from what I expected. I guess I should have done a little research and realized that Mean Girls had a distinctive SNL flair. This was not your next "Lindsay Lohan teenie bopper" flick at all … this was a satire that showed just how ridiculous women can be with each other. The comedy is definitely adult themed, the topics very mature, and the comedy moreso. Personally, I thought it had it moments and was worth watching. Lohan brought in a good performance, and the supporting cast, led by the hilarious performance of Tim Meadows who had some really hilarious scenes as the school principal.

LASTING FACTOR

I have no idea how many times I'll be rewatching this DVD, but I have loaned it out to a few people who have wanted to re-watch the film after already seeing it in the theater. If you like teen revenge films with a lot of skin, then this is right up your ally.

AUDIO & VIDEO QUALITY

The widescreen filming and video quality is adequate, and the Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround sound is fairly impressive. For a movie such as this, A/V quality is not that much of a big deal … nevertheless this DVD gets solid scores.

ORIGINALITY

I think we can all reel off about 5 movies about the same type of subjects in Mean Girls … a nice girl takes revenge against the popular crowd … somehow she gets caught up in being one of them … et cetra et cetra. The theme wasn't so original, but perhaps the resolution of most of the conflicts were. It wasn't completely predictable, but for the most part, didn't offer too much new for film.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Overall, Mean Girls is a pretty decent film worth a rent if you never caught the movie in the theater. It's got some really funny parts, and on the whole will make you nod your head in approval. The lasting factor isn't all that great as this isn't a movie you'll be playing too many times in your DVD player, but the DVD is definitely strong when it comes to extras.

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
Sean W. Gibson

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