Published Jan. 29, 2024
BY SARA EYJOLFSDOTTIR
“Fetch” may never happen, but a modern interpretation of “Mean Girls” with actors and songs from the hit Broadway musical certainly did happen, complete with a cohesive cast, but just one too many songs.
First hitting the screens in 2004, “Mean Girls” tells the story of Cady Heron (that’s kay-dee not cad-dy), a previously homeschooled 16-year-old who must now navigate the complexities of high school, and the Plastics.
With only 75% of the audience aware that “Mean Girls (2024)” was a musical before purchasing a ticket, according to IMDb, the fact that quite a few of the musical numbers seem to last an eternity and are somewhat poorly executed give the film the air of being something to get through rather than enjoy.
Angourie Rice plays the complex protagonist in a manner that could rival Lindsay Lohan herself, with the perfect blend of nativity and mean girl energy, but falls flat with her songs, making it evident that there is an emphasis on acting over singing for some of the casting. On the flip side, Reneé Rapp as Regina George steals the show with her performance and vocals, not a shock for those familiar with the musical and her time portraying everyone’s favorite queen bee on Broadway.
Despite a mostly new cast list, “Mean Girls (2024)” incorporates a healthy amount of familiar faces, including Tina Fey and Tim Meadows portraying Ms. Norbury and Mr. Duvall, respectively, the same North Shore High School staff members we fell in love with all those years ago, topped off with a brief cameo from Lohan.
This modern cast does not have an easy task. With essentially the same dialogue as the original “Mean Girls,” both written by the ever-talented Fey who looks exactly as she did 20 years ago, most line deliveries were unfortunately unable to match the original.
With almost every other scene blatantly featuring major brands such as Spotify and Elf Cosmetics, the limit does not exist for the amount of product placement “Mean Girls (2024)” was able to incorporate.
The pacing of the film is exquisite throughout, making up for the intense quantity of songs and likely the result of the newest version following the same structure, timeline and mostly similar dialogue as the original “Mean Girls.”
For musical lovers and “Mean Girls” aficionados alike, this film is likely to get the job done. Just don’t forget, on Wednesdays we wear pink.