Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Highlights the cliques and cruelty of high school, including a girl who is called a lesbian just because she’s different.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 97 min
Language: USA, Canada/English
MPAA: PG-13
Director: Mark Waters
Writer: Rosalind Wiseman, Tina Fey
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Daniel Franzese, Neil Flynn, Jonathan Bennett, Tim Meadows, Rajiv Surendra, Elana Shilling, Graham Kartna

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Mean Girls

Mean Girls doesn’t feature a lesbian character, but it’s one of the most entertaining comedies I’ve seen in a while. What it does do is highlight the cliques and cruelty of high school, including a girl who is called a lesbian just because she’s different.

Part of the ‘art freaks,’ Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan, Orange County) is dubbed a dyke by the ‘plastics’ (the mean girls). Even though she’s straight, she uses this to her advantage by telling everyone that she has ‘a big ol’ lesbian crush’ on the leader of the plastics.

Her best friend is Damian (Daniel Franzese), who is ‘too gay to function,’ and they go so far as to wear matching tuxes to the Spring Fling dance. Janis does start dating a boy at the end, confirming for the audience that she really is straight.

Janis and Damian turn out to be the nicest kids in the school. The journey of Cady (Lindsay Lohan), the main character, is both an entertaining and educational one as spurred on by Janis, she first seeks to be mean to the mean girls, but then becomes one herself for a time. Good messages about just being yourself.

Written by Tina Fey of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ who also plays a math teacher. (‘At Seventeen’ is playing in the background for Janis Ian’s character at one point. The name is a great touch!) (AB)