Joanne Park ENGL1B MW 6:40-8:00 Mean Girls
"Mean Girls" Teach You to be Nice. Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” is a teen comedy film that has become a classic. The movie is about a young girl, Cady Heron, who has been home schooled by her zoologist parents in Africa until the age of 16. As if attending high school for the first time wasn’t difficult enough, Cady experiences it all in a new country and a new culture. Cady finds herself having a hard time understanding the social norms in the school, and is drawn to the "the Plastics," the most popular clique in the school. Mean Girls does not only consists of the usual American teenage drama, dealing with boys, friends, family and school but also exposes more modern and considerable topics such as cyberbullying, sexualization, and body image. Ultimately the message is that popularity isn't everything and that girls need to support each other, not tear each other down. Some may say that this form of entertainment may be bad for a child's development, but as mentioned in Steven Johnson's "Everything Bad is Good For You", this form of modern film "turns out to be nutritional after all."(Johnson P.9). The movie draws out a laugh from the viewer while bringing to light significant issues of today's teens all while encouraging cognitive development through the 'Sleeper Effect'. Through positive role models, diverse characters, and a continuing theme of 'learning from your mistakes', the "mean girls" learn their lesson all while improving the viewers way of thinking through Multithreading. In the movie, common cliches are introduced, such as the typical crush, inevitable cliques, and the struggle with grades. And although it may appear to be a typical 'chick flick' "Mean Girls"
goes into depth about subjects that seriously affect today's teens. In the movie Cady finds herself accepted in the popular group known as the "plastics". Mark Deming, a critic with a B.A. in journalism simplifies the plot. "While Cady is grateful for her new friends, it doesn't take long for her to realize how manipulative they can be, and she soon discovers she's violated an unwritten law when she goes out on a date with Aaron, who is charming, good looking...and Regina's former boyfriend. It isn't long before Regina and her pals are on the warpath, and Cady must face a level of vengeful behavior for which years in the jungle never prepared her. "(Demin P.1). As humorous as Demin's summary may seem, teens find the movie relatable and witty, making the conflicts and resolutions familiar to them. Throughout the movie, "The Plastics” are constantly talking about their body image and how ugly they are. Because of their lighthearted manner the viewer sees how silly their statements are and come to see the ridiculousness of their insecurities. The effect of rumors is shown through characters previously introduced, causing the viewer to become attached to the victim. The infamous queen bee, Regina George states about Cady's close friend Janice, "I was like, 'Janis, I can't invite you, because I think you're a lesbian.' I mean I couldn't have a lesbian at my party. " It is clearly shown in the movie that Janice is heterosexual and that Janice was hurt by the rumors teaching the viewers the effect and power of that their words have. Sexualization is specifically shown in a scene where Regina George's younger sister imitates a scene of 'Girls Gone Wild'. Her age is never specifically...
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