The latest Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) production is so fetch. Lindsay Lohan (The Parent Trap) stars as home-schooled Cady Heron, who was raised in Africa by her useless zoologist parents. The 15-year-old attends high school for the first time, so she's "like a Martian" to the cool girls. They befriend her because she's pretty. Isn't that always the way? What else, if not levels of one's attractiveness, is there to talk about?
While doubling as a real friend to a Goth girl and a guy "who's too gay to function" and fake spy friend to popular girls, she makes a fatal faux pas--she falls for the ex-boyfriend of the leader of the Barbie clones. Life in the jungle has not prepared Cady for the sadistic gossip, backstabbing and degradation that teenage girls face today. And that's just what the girls inflict on each other.
Mean Girls contains the geek-to-chic sensibility of Never Been Kissed and the sophisticated psychological manipulation (that only movie teenagers could achieve) of Cruel Intentions. This film will convince young girls to be more sympathetic to each other and convince parents to home school their kids. Tina Fey wrote the less-than-brilliant-but-still-pretty-good screenplay and plays a sympathetic, human math teacher, while other SNL alumni Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler and Ana Gasteyer appear as supporting cast.