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‘Mean Girls’ adaptation lives up to original


We wear pink to go watch the new “Mean Girls.”

On Jan. 8, the musical adaptation based on the 2003 smash hit “Mean Girls” debuted in theaters, living up to the original. Instead of being an overly catty film for teenagers, the film turned out to be a truly hilarious version.

“Mean Girls” follows new student Cady Heron, a homeschooler from South Africa, as she tries to navigate the ins and outs of American high school. After crossing paths with devious queen bee Regina George, Heron is invited to join the most sexy and cruel group at school, the Plastics. 

Will Cady lose herself in the world of shiny plastic royalty, or will she stay true to her friends throughout her battle with Regina? 

In this movie, Cady Heron is played by Angourie Rice. Despite playing the main character, her quiet singing was outshined by the others in the cast. However, in a way it worked out in her favor because she is seen as shy and awkward throughout the movie.  

Reneé Rapp, who played Regina George on Broadway, reprised her role in this movie as well. She had a powerful voice that commanded the student body, literally making them act like animals. Rapp also had a lot of attitude in the film that helped to portray how conniving Regina really is.

Other than the return of Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey), Janis Sarkisian (Auli’I Cravalho) and Damian Hubbard (Jaquel Spivey) were the best parts of the movie.

Cravalho and Hubbard had great on-screen chemistry. Their voices harmonized beautifully during their duets, and it seemed that they genuinely had a good time together. 

The major difference between this movie and the 2004 “Mean Girls” was the addition of the original broadway songs. The music has been a huge hit as it is trending on TikTok, Spotify and Apple Music.

Watching “Mean Girls” felt like watching TikTok or scrolling through social media. A few social media stars, such as Chris Olsen and the Merrell Twins made guest appearances. Megan the Stallion even collaborated with Reneé Rapp for a special video.

The new “Mean Girls” is a must watch movie that deals with the topics of friendship, high school cliques, bullying and self-realization in a comedic way. 

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