Mean Girls is an iconic piece of cinematic brilliance, which shaped many of our teenhoods and has been played at many the sleepover.
The movie, with all it's amazing jabs and one-liners, actually taught us quite a few life lessons, which we have carried with us into our new lives of adulting.
1. Women are more than their stereotype
Oftentimes, women can be pigeon-holed into certain stereotypes.
From not being able to call yourself a feminist if you enjoy hip hop music, to being considered tasteless for liking certain cheesy novels, women are far more diverse than their apparent interest.
Cady proves this with her mathematical prowess and her penchant for baby prostitute perfume.
2. Don't allow societal norms to impact your perspective on your body
One of the most problematic instances in Mean Girls is the high value placed on Regina George's 'hot body.'
Once Cady strips her of this, she is seen as less desirable to her peers, and is even shunned for her fluctuating body weight.
If MG taught us anything, it's to accept our body as it is, no matter how many or how few Kälteen bars it sees in it's lifetime.
3. It's okay not to get along with everyone
If Janis Ian taught us anything it's that being yourself, despite what other's think, is the most fulfilling things you can do for yourself.
While Janis may have held a major grudge against Regina for the way she treated her, she never tried to conform to be anyone but herself.
4. Writing down your feelings can be therapeutic.
Yes, the Burn Book was cruel, negative, and ultimately used as a tool of destruction to dismantle the plastic hierarchy, but the cathartic elimination of bad vibes from your mind by putting them down on paper can seriously help.
Some of the best bloggers out there started by simply putting their daily thoughts out there in a digital journal, so hashing out your issues in a structured way could be helpful.
As long as you don't use Facebook as your diary, it's all G.
5. Velour tracksuits should never have a resurrection
We may have all rocked them in the 00s, but not even Regina George could pull off this look.
Miniature Santa Clause costumes, on the other hand, belong in everyone's wardrobe.
McAdams not having a social media presence means there’s very few photos or information about her private life. However, Rachel spoke fondly of motherhood in a rare interview with The Sunday Times in 2018.
“It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me, hands down," McAdams said. "[People say] your life is not your own anymore, but I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person.”
She added, "I waited a long time [for motherhood]… It's just how it happened," she said. "And I didn't want to do it before it was the right time."
Most recently, Rachel filmed her latest movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, in Iceland and got to take her toddler along with her. “He'll never remember any of it, but I feel like somehow that might stick to his soul and his personality a little bit, so it was great to get to travel,” she told Entertainment Tonight.
She added, “We've been cuddled up for so long together that it was wonderful to go out into the world and get to work at the same time. I felt really lucky to be able to do that.”
We are always eager to try out new fitness classes because jogging on the treadmill for 20 minutes is just way too boring.
And we think we may have found the perfect class.
On December 1, Fearless Moves is hosting a mega festive fitness session in Everleigh Gardens on Harcourt street at 10.30am. The session will feature a ton of Christmas classics along with famed Mean Girls Christmas dance moves.
“Oh my gosh- shooting that movie, I had never been in a movie before,” Tina Fey added. ”I had no idea. I had just done Weekend Update. But it was a good time.”
Lindsey Lohan and Rachel McAdams became huge stars after the release, playing the renowned characters Cady Heron and Regina . George (who reminded everyone of their secondary school enemy). Both actresses were already known before the 2004 classic was made.
Lohan and McAdams could actually have ended up in the others' role, but after Lohan's portrayal of Anna in Freaky Friday, the filmmakers weren't convinced that the audience would believe her as the villain.
Tina Fey became a household name after writing the film; "I knew she would be able to play Cady and go from being completely innocent- someone who knows nothing- all the way to being a horrible beotch and back to being a good person again." That character arc though..
Amanda Seyfried was also screen tested for the role of Regina, but the producers preferred her as ditzy Karen.
Everyone forgets that the budding actress and soon-to-be star was only 17 at the time;
“It was the first movie I'd ever done. I had the best time," she told ET. She literally hasn't aged a day between Mean Girls and Mamma Mia.
We actually can't fathom the movie without Johnathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels (Ariana Grande clearly agrees), but James Franco was actually considered for the role. Bennett won the part after making Lohan blush on set, and because Fey thought he looked like Jimmy Fallon.
“It wouldn’t have been the same without him,” Seyfried said about casting Bennett at the time. His appearance in Thank U, Next cemented his iconic role.
Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame also auditioned for the role of Karen, which is interesting, but she probably would have been too similar to her Sharpay Evans vibes. Scarlett Johansson apparently also tested for Karen's role.
Bennett and Lohan recently renunited, and the internet shut down;
Rachel McAdams actually wore a wig for the part of Regina, as she couldn't fully bleach her brown hair to go blonde for the role.
“I just thought that was very Regina- long, blonde, Barbie hair,” McAdams said during an interview on set. "The colour looks perfect.” McAdams originally auditioned for Lohan's role, but we can't imagine her as anyone but the devious Regina.
Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners) shared how her two-year-old daughter, Julia, saw the Jingle Bell Rock scene and said, "That's Mama!", which is hella cute.
“Fifteen years- how is that possible?" Chabert said. “It feels like yesterday. I will never forget making that movie and I am so flattered people still love it and talk about it as much as they do. I’m honoured to have been a part of it.”
The movie has spanned a sequel (little known) and even a Broadway musical, but also has influenced female-created filmmaking and pop culture hugely.
Chabert agreed that rebooting the film could be fun, but she said there's been no talks of it recently;
"It was such a fun character that I think it would be so much fun to revisit these women and see where they are now.”
Director Mark Waters spoke to Cosmopolitan UK about how different the movie would be if it was made in 2019;
"There’s a lot in the movie that is very ‘un-PC’. I would think there would be more micro-managing over things you should or should not be portraying with teenage girls doing to each other and the way they relate to boys."
Waters spoke about how inappropriate some of the jokes may appear nowadays, especially about underage sex;
"It’s hard for me to delve into what would or would not be considered too ‘un-PC’ but we made light-hearted jokes about the gym coach having affairs with the students with lines like, 'Step away from the underage girls.'"
"You can’t really make that joke, it’s very transgressive. We did it in a light hearted no big deal way, but it is a pretty big deal," he explained.
The use of social media and phones would influence a 2019 version of the hit film, as technology and teen bullying would have evolved hugely since 2004.
Phones and social media were only emerging at that time. "If you’ve seen the Broadway musical, there’s a massive component of social media and devices that didn’t exist then, it really wasn’t an issue," Mark emphasises.
"We had cell phones, but the whole era of texting and social media didn’t exist. The way that teen bullying goes on these days is over devices as opposed to physically from person to person any more. Even those ideas of having the four-way phone calling seems incredible quaint these days with people talking on their land-line."
Imagine…the Burn Book all over Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. What a nightmare…it would never be forgotten once it hits the screens.
The age of the characters versus the actors who played them is extremely surprising; It turns out that Cady Heron and Regina George were supposed to be the same age in the movie, but Rachel McAdams is actually eight years older than Lindsay Lohan.
Even crazier, Amy Poehler (AKA Regina George's outrageous mum) is only seven years older than McAdams.
In the scene where Cady was asked "If her muffin was buttered", it was actually meant to be if "her cherry was popped." Now THAT'S intense.
TinaFey and AmyPoehler coached RajivSurendra on how to rap for his on-screen performance in the talent show, which is amazing. Is there nothing they can't do? He went on to become a respected writer and artist after his elaborate but failed attempts to win the lead role in Life of Pi, and subsequent autobiography Elephants In My Backyard.
Lizzy Caplan's character was called Janis Ian as an ode to the musician of the same name, who was the first Saturday Night Live musical guest in 1975.
Ian's famous song, At Seventeen, can be heard playing in the background when the Plastics are fighting at Regina's house. Caplan's character is persistently bullied and called a lesbian throughout the movie; the real Janis Ian is openly lesbian.
Daniel Franzese, who played Damien (our fave) was meant to be in the Thank U, Next video until his tour clashed with the date;
“I thought it was so cute. Ariana asked me to be in the video too, and I was ready to do it until they changed the date at the last second, because of my tour."
“She said I can be in another one of her music videos, and when ‘Seven Rings’ came out, I was like, ‘Girl, I will twerk,’ and she said she’d get me in one eventually.” We cannot WAIT for that.
The poor lad can't even wear pink anymore because of the fan fervour;
“I do not wear pink. I think that’s part of my persona that sometimes I embrace and sometimes I have to avoid. It just makes it too easy. I also get ‘You go, Glen Coco’ a lot.” Gas.
“Damian is actually based off someone named Damian Holbrook, who’s a writer for TV Guide and one of Tina Fey’s best friends. He’d be doing some glamour profession. Cady would definitely be doing something with animals. She’d be a zoologist or a vet or something. Regina would definitely be Miranda Priestly.”
Daniel also spoke about the LGBTQ aspect of his character's potential;
"If the movie came out today, Damian might have had a boyfriend. He’s in that sweet spot of trying to figure out who he is but decided he’s going to wait to do that until after they leave school, when he’s in college, so he can get to a place of peace. I think a lot of LGBTQ kids go through that.”
He also explains why he think the movie still resonates today;
“It really, for the first time, brought to light what was happening in girl world. And this was during Hollywood’s heyday of girls ruling the clubs, from the Olsen twins to Paris Hilton to Nicole Richie to Lindsay Lohan to Hilary and Haylie Duff," he says.
"The girl world was happening both in media and in people’s real lives. So I think this started to break down that structure so people could understand what this was."
“I also think my character, Damian, really resonated with LGBTQ people before we were really seeing a rise in acceptance, and it was the first time that we really saw a character who was able to breathe, and I think that affected a lot of people," he concluded. There was a scene filmed which was cut of Damien auditioning for American Idol.
They searched through FOUR cities to try and find the perfect actor for Damien, and they certainly found him.
Tina Fey allegedly was a real life mean girl in school, which is so random to think about.
The movie is based on a real high school, New Trier, which is located in Chicago and has a rep for being one of the best in America.
15 years on, a lot has changed in Girl World, but the movie still resonates with a massive audience and for good reason.
The research carried out investigated how the phrase 'trashy movies' in terms of pop culture could be utilised in a better way.
The online survey collected data from regular viewers of films considered trashy, and measured their intelligence and IQ. The result? They're darn ACADEMICS.
One reason why these films appealed to people with high IQ's was the ironic value of the badly made films, as well as the culturally subversive elements.
Trashy films can be less cautious with its use of plot-lines and execution, less rigid in structure, which is enjoyable for smart folk allegedly.
More original ideas and less clichés seemingly feature in badly made movies…interesting. *strokes chin* Trashy dramas with absurd plots and terrible acting can also be plain GAS to watch, it's so bad that it's good.
There's a reason why the world and it's mother watched A Christmas Prince, and it ain't because of the acting lads.
Who knew that Kris Jenner was the queen of ad-libbing?
The Kardashian momager is a key cameo in Ariana Grande's iconic noughties-inspired Thank U, Next music video, and the blooper reel has just been gifted to us and all we can say is; God is a Woman.
That woman is Kris.
Blooper reels are undeniably traditional when it comes to 1990s romantic comedies, and Ari has also bequeathed the audience with a WHOLE DELETED SCENE from the Legally Blonde aspect of the video.
The "I'm taking the f*cking dog" scene from the renowned Reese Witherspoon flick features Ari masquerading as Jennifer Coolidge's lawyer while confronting her ex-boyfriend.
Troye Sivan getting smashed into a locker multiple times also features ("she's gonna f*cking slam me, I just know it"), not to mention a GAS moment where Miranda Sings' water breaks while Ari (AKA Regina George) walks past her.
The funniest part HAS to be Kris Jenner getting a little too into her cameo role as Regina George's mom.
While in the audience recording her beloved 'daughter' performing the song, Jenner whispers to the woman beside her;
“When I was raising Ariana I always told her that if a guy ever f*cks with her, she should just say "thank u, next." I told her … if she ever had sex without a condom, she’d get chlamydia and die.”
Wow, now THAT is called good acting.
As well as Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, the acclaimed video also paid tribute to Bring It On and 13 Going On 30.
"Ashley Albright is running a fashion house. She's like a Diane Von Furstenburg with really good luck."
Aubrey Fleming: I Know Who Killed Me
Aspiring pianist and writer Aubrey disappears on a night out in the 2007 psychological thriller, and yet another random twin who was separated at birth turns up.
"So there's two ways I can go with this, because we didn't know if she had a sister or not. One is six feet under, the other one is FBI. They've both changed their names, so it's CIA, FBI and they're friends with Anna Coleman. So they're taking over the White House."
Cady Heron: Mean Girls
Cady is arguably the most famous character in the Lindsay Lohan repertoire, and lately featured as part of Ariana Grande's iconic Thank U, Next music video.
"Cady Heron is definitely back in Africa building homes for orphan gorillas. For sure, obviously."
Elizabeth 'Lola' Steppe: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
The Broadway obsessed 15-year-old gal played by Lohan who gets embroiled in the New Yorker life with Megan Fox.
"Lola would be a director on Broadway. She'd be directing Mean Girls right now, duh."
Rachel Wilcox: Georgia Rule
Rachel's a rebel who gets caught up in drug use, sex and drinking at 17. Jane Fonda plays the badass granny who turns Rachel's life around.
"Rachel would be a lawyer, definitely a female activist, for sure."
Casey Stuart: Life Size
The tomboy who plays quarterback on the seventh grade football team. Casey sets the world into crazy mode by trying to RESURRECT her dead mother. Yup, that was a plot-line, with Tyra Banks.
"Casey would be living in Texas dating a really famous football player. She'd be friends with Giselle and Tom Brady, they'd have kids parties together.
So there you have it: a comprehensive breakdown of every Lindsay Lohan character's lives in modern day.
According to the woman herself; "I'm pretty sure they could put every character together and create a really good Capitol Hill office."
Hmm, interesting notion. The standard at the moment doesn't exactly seem sky high to be fair…
Check out the original video below;
As far as modern-day Lindsay Lohan herself goes… who know's what character's she'll decide to play next.
This culmination of references led fans to believe the video was Mean Girls focused, however, a behind the scenes video released by Ari shows that there were a few films which will receive homage in Thank u, Next 2.0.
The behind the scenes shows recreated scenes from Bring It On, Legally Blonde and 13 Going On 30.
Ariana is starring alongside actors from the original films in the upcoming videos, including Jennifer Coolidge and Stefanie Drummond (yup, army pants and flip flops girl).
We cannot WAIT for the actual video to drop today:
Mirroring the cult classic LiLo movie, Collen says, “One time on Twitter, I heard that Ariana was pregnant, so I got pregnant so we could be pregnant at the same time.''
She continues, “Turns out it was just a rumour.”
Jonathan Bennet, who played Lindsay's love interest Aaron, also takes the p*ss out of another line from the movie when he says, “Ariana Grande told me my hair looked sexy pushed back. She’s not wrong.”
As well as all of that, there is even a a not-so-veiled ref to Ariana's engagement to Pete Davidson ending.
The 25-year-old has been teasing us on social media over the last few days, posting amazing pics from behind the scenes, dressed as Regina George and posing with the infamous Burn Book.
And people are seriously excited about it.
One wrote, ''Can you release this shit already im tired of waiting.''
Another said, ''I am not kidding when i say EVERYONE is talking about this mv. family, friends, teachers, people on the train, podcasts, EVERYONE. she really is about to put out the mv of the decade, huh?''
A third said, ''THIS IS GONNA BE ICONIC IM SO FREAKIN READY.''
Thank U, Next is a massive hit for Ariana and looks set to hit its fourth consecutive week at number one in the UK singles chart.
The book and it's launch are chock-a-block with Mean Girls puns.
'Kalteen Bars, Gretchen's Wieners, Fetch-uccine Alfredo, You Go Glen (Hot) Cocoa, Ms. Norberry Pie, Just Stab Caesar Salad and Is Mac and Cheese a Carb?' are all recipes – and of course, it was released on Octber 3rd.