A sweet-souled daughter of zoologists, 15-year-old Cady (Lohan) goes from a lifetime of home-tutoring in ‘the African bush’ to a high school in suburban Chicago. Once there, she immediately grasps that the pitiless laws of the jungle apply equally readily to the various sharp-toothed species of American teendom. A scowly artiste (Caplan) and a zinger-zapping gay guy (Franzese) adopt comely Cady as one of their own and, just for laughs, set her on an undercover mission to infiltrate the a consortium of high priestesses led by terrifying alpha girl Regina (McAdams). Tina Fey’s deft, precisely detailed script dramatises Rosalind Wiseman’s bestseller ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’. Happily, Fey and Waters gently tweak the studios’ usual high-gloss caricature of adolescence and aim for acutely hilarious and surprisingly empathic sociology.
Cast and crew
Lindsay Lohan Rachel McAdams Lizzy Caplan Daniel Franzese
This movie, seemingly about the struggles of teenagers to either fit in or go their own nerdy way in secondary school gets better with each viewing (and each viewing reminds us that Lindsay Lohan actually can be a very good actress when she tries). Becoming mean in order to fit in and thereby abuse the nerdy kids is a topic that never changes, although the bullying in this school is fairly mild. There is enough comedy, courtesy of the incredibly talented Tina Fey, for those of us long past secondary school and enough truth about math and band nerds and the goth kids for younger audiences. The best part of this film is that it doesn't preach, although the impossibly good-looking and wonderful boyfriend does keep the film in fantasy mode at times. It's hard to reconcile the bitchy Rachel McAdams here with her most famous creation--the nearly angelic wife in ""The Notebook", but this film is full of actors early in their careers who had no fame or overblown reputations to live up to, so the film has a kind of honesty that is quite touching.