Release Date:  April 30, 2004
Rating:  PG-13 (for sexual content, language and some teen partying)
Genre:  Comedy
Run Time: 93 minutes
Director:  Mark Waters
Actors:  Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Jonathan Bennett

Despite an opening scene that mocks home-schooled children, who are portrayed as total geeks or homophobic religious weirdos, “Mean Girls” will leave many parents feeling like traditional high schools may be the last place they want their teens.

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) has just landed in suburbia, Illinois, after years of being home-schooled in Africa, where her parents did research – and which makes her different from other home-schooled kids, she points out. A blank slate when it comes to the intricacies of social relationships (another slam on home-schooling), Cady isn’t prepared for the jungle of public high school. Fortunately, Damien (Daniel Franseze) and Janis (Lizzy Caplain) take Cady under their wings. Janis is a Goth and Damien is “too gay to function,” but they explain the social hierarchy to Cady, and not without great bitterness.

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When the popular “plastics” invite Cady to join their group, she is both flattered and tempted (after all, it’s every kid’s dream), but she doesn’t want to offend her new friends. So she accepts Janis’ offer to spy on them. Janis, who hates the plastic’s Queen Bee, Regina (Rachel McAdams), has a bone to pick from the 7th grade. Soon, Cady is caught in a web of deceit, even as she grows more popular with the spiteful Regina and her sycophants, shallow Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and ditzy Karen (Amanda Seyfried). Then Cady falls for Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), Regina’s old boyfriend. Cady and Regina become arch enemies.