Wednesday 17 January 2024

REVIEW: Mean Girls (2024 film) - Starring Angourie Rice and Reneé Rapp

Review by Jon Donnis
In 2024, the iconic teen comedy "Mean Girls" makes a triumphant return to the big screen, this time infused with the vibrant energy of a musical under the direction of Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. The screenplay, penned by Tina Fey, adapts her original 2004 comedy, which was inspired by Rosalind Wiseman's book "Queen Bees and Wannabes." This new rendition follows the storyline of Cady Heron's foray into North Shore High School, navigating the treacherous world of high school cliques and the notorious Plastics.

Sixteen-year-old Cady Heron, portrayed by Angourie Rice, emerges from a homeschooling life in Kenya to face the challenges of North Shore High School. The film integrates the contemporary landscape of social media and mobile technology into the narrative, successfully modernizing the tale while retaining its essence. Cady's entanglement with the Plastics, Regina George (Reneé Rapp), Gretchen Wieners (Bebe Wood), and Karen Shetty (Avantika), sets the stage for the drama to unfold.

One of the film's main features is its musicality, with well-crafted songs performed with gusto by the cast. Fey's decision to bring the Broadway adaptation to the screen pays off, infusing the familiar tale with a new layer of dynamic energy. Rice, Rapp, and the ensemble cast, including Auliʻi Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey, and Christopher Briney, deliver solid performances, each capturing the essence of their characters. Tina Fey reprises her role as Ms. Norbury, adding a touch of continuity to the film, while Tim Meadows returns as Principal Duvall.

"Mean Girls" excels in blending the charm of the original teen comedy with the dynamic flair of a musical. The film provides good comedic entertainment, and Fey's decision to translate the musical to the big screen is a resounding success. Fans of the Broadway adaptation and the 2004 film will find a satisfying mix of nostalgia and contemporary flair.

While the musical numbers are a highlight, the film occasionally feels more like an extension of the original "Mean Girls" movie than a standalone project. Some heavy-handed visuals and overproduced songs may distract from the overall experience. Comparisons to the 2004 film may leave some viewers feeling that the original still holds the crown.

"Mean Girls" (2024) earns a commendable 7 out of 10. While it may not surpass the brilliance of the 2004 film, it successfully captures the essence of the Broadway adaptation. For fans of the stage show, enthusiasts of lively musical numbers, and those open to the updated take on the classic story, this rendition promises an entertaining and harmonious experience. The blend of teen comedy and Broadway flair makes "Mean Girls" (2024) a worthwhile addition to the legacy of this beloved high school drama.

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