Teenage Movies: ‘Mean Girls’ v. ‘Clueless’

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It’s time to ditch films like Disney’s hits ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Camp Rock’ and go back in time to the old favourites ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Clueless’ which will never be outdated and boring, so get your best friends round and leave the guys at for home for a girly night in! Now you may be thinking that ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Clueless’ are a bit old and past their sell by date but they were so in when they were released and seen for the first time so I recommend you buy or rent these awesome movies and see how high school life was like all those years ago.

‘Mean Girls’ tells the story of a home schooled girl whose parents are zoologists living in Africa. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is totally unprepared for her first ever day at a public high school but with a little bit of help from school misfits Janis and Damien, Cady learns about the many different cliques of the school including the Plastics, a group of girls led by Queen Bee Regina George who once believe it or not was once Janis’ best friend. Janis uses Cady to her revenge on Regina by cutting off Regina’s resources, which include Regina’s two best friends Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith. During the film Cady is used as a messenger and is forced to hang out with the Plastics and gradually loses her individual personality and remakes herself in the image of Regina. The film was directed by Mark Waters, produced by Lourne Michaels and written by Tina Fey who also stars as Ms. Norbury who is Cady’s Maths teacher. ‘Mean Girls’ was based on the New York Times best-selling book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman.

‘Clueless’ tells the story of Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverston...

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...aracters in ‘Mean Girls’. I think this as ‘Clueless’ involves more characters in the storyline than ‘Mean Girls’ plus also ‘Clueless’ includes more black-American actors and actresses and they generally tend to use more slang than white people do as it comes more naturally to them. Also I would say that slang was more of a new, popular, cool thing in the 1990s than of the 2000s. The only differences really are that the voiceovers are from different points of view from two girls of different class and from different levels of the social hierarchy. Cady Heron being the newcomer who comes from Africa and apparently needs help and Cher Horowitz who is a happy, care free, popular rich kid.

So, if you like the sound of these two films and would like to see them for yourself buy or rent them out and enjoy going back in time to school in America without moving an inch!

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