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Mean Girls: A good musical adaptation of the teen classic

In 2004, Saturday Night Live writer and actor Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for a coming-of-age teen comedy titled "Mean Girls" based on the novel "Queen Bees and Wannabes" and starred Lindsay Lohan in the lead role. The film was an instant hit, catapulting Lindsay Lohan's stardom and establishing Tina Fey as a comedic genius. The film also launched the careers of several prominent name actors, such as Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, and is regarded as one of the best movies of the 2000s and an instant classic in the teen comedy genre. In 2017, "Mean Girls" was adapted into a Broadway musical, receiving twelve Tony nominations but no wins. The latest version of "Mean Girls" follows mostly the same formula as the original but delivers a good time at the movies. Tina Fey returns as writer and producer and reprises her role as Ms. Norbury to provide the same charm that we saw back in 2004, and while some changes made to this film don't work, it manages to make up for it within its musical numbers. Angourie Rice delivers an excellent performance as Cady Heron, bringing the same charm and likability to a character that was made famous by Lindsay Lohan. Reneé Rapp steals the show as Regina George. While Rachel McAdams reigns supreme, Rapp's take on the iconic character is just as fun to watch, making it easy to like her despite her being the film's main antagonist. The supporting cast consisting of Auli'I Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, and Tim Meadows, reprising his role of Principal Duvall, are all great in the film. The main problem that this film suffers is that the musical numbers go on for a long time, and it rushes the movie, trimming down significant elements. The biggest one is Regina George's downfall, which in the original was built up for a large portion of the film, whereas in this version, it happens very abruptly. While not as good as the original, "Mean Girls" is a fun musical for fans of the beloved teen classic, and that is thanks to Tina Fey's hilarious screenplay and excellent performances by Angourie Rice and Reneé Rapp.


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