Run time: 112 mins
Like The Color Purple this month, Mean Girls also gets the musical treatment in this TikTok infused, Gen-Z update of the 2004 cult comedy.
Angourie Rice takes the role first played by Lindsay Lohan as Cady: she is a sweet, unworldly teen, once homeschooled by her academic mum in Kenya, and now relocated to the US and having to fit in at high school where everyone is suspicious of this gawky nerd. She teams up with the art freaks, Janice (Auliʻi Cravalho) and Damien (Jaquel Spivey) in order to take down queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her “plastics” minions in order to clear the way and win the heart of Regina’s ex, Aaron (Christopher Briney).
In the time-honoured manner, Cady is taken in hand and guided through the high-school jungle by the all-knowing alienated cynical types. Can women be overtly sexual and still wield economic power? The film posits this through the power of song.
There are plenty of laughs and fun along the way, and there are a smattering of sugar-rush musical numbers; also, the classic gags are effectively delivered. New generation, new vernacular, same mind-games.