Twenty years after the release of Mean Girls, the highly anticipated cult classic is returning to theaters in musical form.
The “new twist” on Tina Fey’s 2004 hit is a screen adaptation of the Mean Girls musical (whose Broadway run was cut short due to the pandemic), and is released on January 12.
Fans have been closely analyzing the first trailer released last week, with some questioning why there is no indication that the new film is a musical (Paramount Pictures has since released another trailer). short clip With a splash of song).
The opening titles make open play to Gen Z fans, telling viewers that “this isn’t your mom’s Mean Girls.” Perhaps not surprisingly, the move has proven divisive with millennials who watched the original film as preteens and teens.
After all, Mean Girls may be back for a new generation, but it never really ended. Social media is still full of quotes about successful “bringing”, wearing pink on Wednesdays, and telling people “you can’t sit with us.”
From Ariana Grande’s 2019 ‘Thank U, Next’ parody music video, which featured many of the film’s original stars, to the Walmart commercial released this month, which starred three of the four main cast members , is woven into the fabric of the original film. Contemporary pop culture.
But while people will continue to watch Mean Girls in 2023 — and it’s still managed to attract new fans — it’s widely seen as a time capsule of the nerdy high school experience. For audiences in 2023, this is the period piece that made Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried household names.
Meanwhile, the new trailer’s soundtrack is by Olivia Rodrigo, and it features Coach Carr (who cautioned students not to have sex because they’ll “get pregnant and die”) using TikTok. Is.
The indication that the new film is set not in 2004, but in 2024, has shocked some fans.
“I thought the Mean Girls musical movie would be a period piece from the early 2000s,” writes one Twitter user. “It feels wrong to set it in the present day.”
One fan suggests this concept won’t work in 2024 “because of how much society has changed.”
Another called the original film a “typical millennial story” and said that bringing it into modern times feels “forced”.
One 22-year-old woman warns, “I fear a contemporary Mean Girls redux will only end in disaster, given how firmly rooted the original was in 2000s culture.”
The movie poster for the new film features the strapline “Plastic is forever”, while Tina Fey and Tim Meadows are set to reprise their original roles as teachers at North Shore High. But a lot has changed since the “Plastics” (the bullying trio portrayed by McAdams, Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert) took over the school in 2004.
Diet culture, slut-shaming and female stereotypes are not just one-liners, but intrinsic plot points to the 2004 film. Protagonist Cady Heron’s major sabotage of queen bee Regina George involves making her gain weight by giving her nutrition bars designed to help malnourished people.
Naughty People was full of the kind of stories that would now likely attract accusations of sexism and fatphobia. Take, for example, the 2001 rom-com Shallow Hell, which featured Jack Black’s lead character falling in love with plus-size woman Rosie (Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit) after being hypnotized by her inner beauty.
While the Mean Girls Broadway show is technically set in 2018 (and incorporates the social media of that time into its narrative), its plot, characters, and aesthetics remain true to the noughties classic.
In both the 2004 film and subsequent musical, being thin, being ostracized from academia, and having an attractive boyfriend are portrayed as the best ways to be liked (or scared). But recent high school stories have begun to look at the age-old concept of the teen clique from new angles.
In the 2023 series of the Netflix drama Sex Education, the popular group is a progressive gang of socially conscious students who turn the image of Mean Girls on their head. Teen Vogue described the “coven” at Cavendish College as “a fresh Gen Z trope we see all around us but often struggle to understand: the politically conscious badass.”
Similarly, in the 2022 comedy film Senior Year, the character Rebel Wilson awakens from a 20-year coma and finds that the rules of high school have drastically changed. Her competition for the queen bee is now a self-described “authentic, socially conscious, body positive, environmentally conscious and financially kind” influencer.
While fans have expressed excitement over something new being added to the Mean Girls canon, and many have praised the casting of 23-year-old Renee Rapp (who starred in the Broadway musical), others have said that now is the time to let the franchise build The time has come.
“Mean Girls belongs in the aughts,” wrote one fan, who asked: “Will there be a burn book in 2023?”
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