Belonging and Identity: Since Cady has been home schooled all of her life, her first high school experience is uniquely able to demonstrate to what degree belonging constructs identity, particularly for adolescents within a high school setting. Her first day of class she is completely isolated because she doesn't know anyone and has no one to sit with at lunch. Fortunately for her, she's saved by "The Greatest People You'll Ever Know" who take her aside and initiate her into the mysteries of high school life, particularly in this school. Throughout the year, Cady's identity will be constructed and re-constructed as much by who she hangs out with as by what she does. Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film directed by Mark Waters. The screenplay was written by Tina Fey and is based in part on the non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, which describes how female high school social cliques operate and the effect they can have on girls. The film stars Lindsay Lohan and features a supporting cast of Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, (in her film debut), and Lizzy Caplan. The film is produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Screenwriter and co-star of the film, Tina Fey, was a longtime castmember and writer for SNL. The film also features appearances from SNL cast members Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer and Amy Poehler. Plot
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), the 16-year-old homeschooled daughter of zoologist parents (Ana Gasteyer and Neil Flynn), recently moved from Africa, is unprepared for her first day of public high school at North Shore High School in Evanston, Illinois. With the help of social outcasts Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damien (Daniel Franzese), Cady learns about the various cliques. She is warned to avoid the school's most exclusive clique, the Plastics, the reigning trio of girls led by the acid-tongued queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Regina was once Janis' best friend, but they have grown to...
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