Mean Girls (2004) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || PG13 - 96 minutes - $29.99 || April 14, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-04-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Mark Waters
Writer(s): Rosalind Wiseman (book); Tina Fey (screenplay)
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplain


Theatrical Release Date: April 30, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Ah, recalling my great high school days. High school is similar to my life in college now; I donít speak to a lot of people but I do manage to find constant streams of females to date. College is so much better, but its movies like Mean Girls that make me glad Iím no longer in that place where I wasted four years of my life. Iím not in a much larger place where Iím slowly wasting away my precious memories of being a kid.

Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and her family (including the hilarious and underrated Neil Flynn as her father) have moved to a quiet town from the giant continent of Africa. She has been home schooled all of her life, and is scared to go out into the real world that everyone else has to go through in their being. Her first day of school terrifies her though, since she picks the wrong seat multiple times at class, bumbles at meeting new friends, and accidentally causes her teacher Ms. Norbury to spill the lunch she brought for the class. She makes friends eventually though with two outcasts, as the click calls themselves, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese).

The outcasts and her are now friends, but Cady ends up sitting with the popular girls, known as the plastics, which consists of Regina (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), and Karen (Amanda Seyfriend). The group invites her to be with them, as they think sheís pretty enough to be one of them. They let her know about all the rules to follow to sit with them, such as wearing pink on certain days and always looking hot. After telling the outcasts about her fitting in with the plastics, Cady soon realizes that the plastics are nothing more than horrible people who pick on the less fortunate.

Janis hatches a plan to basically ruin Regina as though the two have a sordid past. Itís nothing really major and when you find out what it is itís sort of a ďmehĒ moment. Janis wants to bring Gretchen down a few pegs in her book, so Cady is going to infiltrate the group and try and ruin her as much as possible. She first needs to get Regina to lose her looks. Cady accomplishes this by giving Regina some bars that she says are carb burners when in reality they make you gain an incredible amount of weight real quick. Regina trusts Cady even though sheís still gaining weight in a few funny scenes.

There is also this book that the plastics keep that talk about everyone in the school. They take turns writing horrible things about their classmates even though they think no one will ever see it (yes, they see it, big shock). They convince Cady to write a few things in there even though Cady thinks that no one will see it so she agrees to. She also falls in love with a guy from her class, Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), but she thinks that guys only like stupid girls. Cadyís next move is to win over Aaron, so she hosts a party. Can Cady win over the guy of her dreams, or will the gaining-weight Regina have something to say about it?

Even though some of the material is a bit outdated for its time, this is still a funny film. Tina Feyís role, albeit small, is comical in the few scenes sheís in. Cady and Reginaís constant fighting throughout the film was also entertaining, but the best part comes from the underrated Amanda Seyfried who plays Karen. Karen is an exact clone of every female that Anna Faris plays in any film, but Karen is a better version of it. I laughed every time she was on screen because of the lines she had. Why hasnít Seyfried broken out the way Faris has?

I enjoyed this movie, although a few plot holes here and there and the running time is a bit too long. There were also a few directions the movie took that I didnít agree with or find to be entertaining (the ending involving Regina was kind of likeÖ what?) but overall itís a good movie for a Saturday night off of work.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Mark Waters, Tina Fey, and Lorne Michaels: The director, one of the writers, and the producer joins forces on an enlightening track. Fey is entertaining and the others talk about various scenes in the film and stuff you may have missed. They point out the bus scene at the start which foreshadows the ending to the movie, which I missed. This is one track to listen to and is the highlight of this package.

Multiple Featurettes (41 minutes): An incredibly lengthy special feature that is divided into three different parts all with different cast and crew interview. It talks about the idea of the movie, the cast and crewís involvements, and a bunch of other things. Itís long, but worth it if youíve got the free time and enjoyed the flick.

Blooper Reel (6 minutes): The cast flubs lines and these are the outtakes. Itís pretty funny seeing the cast mess up on a few of the lines, as the opening bloop is entertaining and sets the pace for this short extra.

Deleted Scenes (7 minutes): Tons of extra footage that didnít make it into the film so now you get a chance to see it. Some of them are comical, but the rest drag on and were cut for those reasons.

Interstitials (2 minutes): Three different previews for the film can be seen, showcasing the humor found in the film. I actually remember seeing this back in the day, boy that shows my age a bit.

The only Blu-ray Exclusive to be found on this disc is the Theatrical Trailer presented in HD.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For an "older" release, Paramount pulled out all the stops to make this a picture-perfect transfer and it almost works. Flesh tones are how they should look, bright and colorful, and contrast isnít much of an issue. There are however a few scenes where noise is present and a bit distracting at times though which was disappointing. Black levels were also great, although there were multiple issues where the color was a bit too soft and then too dark. Itís not that noticeable to the untrained eye though, so most probably wonít catch it like I do. Makes me special, doesnít it?

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is overkill for a movie like this but manages to benefit greatly from it. Surround use is quite constant, as the rears had music and dialogue at some points coming out of them. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of dialogue throughout, as though I never had to increase the levels at all. The party scenes sound great as well, with surround use yet again properly. More movies should use their audio like this, but thatís not to say everything is great. Despite all my praise about the track, the only downside is that thereís nothing of reference here. It does sound wonderful, but not to the extent you want to show it off.



.::OVERALL::.

I actually enjoyed this film a few years back and to this day still found it just as entertaining. Although odds are we wonít see another Lindsay Lohan film, well, ever, this is a classic that deserves to be seen. The video and audio are phenomenal and in every way an upgrade for those with the DVD; sadly though the supplements are exactly the same except for the theatrical trailer presented in HD. This is one mean girl to purchase when you get the free time, just donít spoil her.