It might not be something that women in their mid-20s want to acknowledge, but the pop culture classic “Mean Girls” will turn 10 on Wednesday. The movie catapulted already-rising star Lindsay Lohan into the limelight and also featured Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried who would go on to find Hollywood success with other films in the next decade.
Tina Fey, who starred as Ms. Norbury in the film, adapted Rosalind Wiseman's self-help book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" to create a box-office hit. The film became such a phenomenon for many reasons. It was a pretty accurate depiction of high school life and had jokes that are still funny even 10 years after the movie premiered in theaters on April 30, 2004.
Fey gave credit to real-life best friend Amy Poehler, who plays Regina George’s mom in the film, for the memorable Kevin Gnapoor rap. Even though Fey wrote the screenplay, Fey is “more of the rap person,” Director Mark Waters told Vulture in a February 2014 interview.
The film is rated PG-13, but it almost was rated R. The director said many of the sexual jokes had to be reworded. For instance, in the original version, Amber D'Alessio didn’t made out with a hot dog; it was more graphic. Walters said the revisions made the script better: "When you're trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even.”
The role of Cady Heron and Regina George were almost switched. McAdams auditioned for the role of the African new girl and Lohan auditioned for the role as the school’s queen bee. Paramount felt Lohan’s fans wouldn’t want to see her as a “Mean Girl,” and Walters thought McAdams was too old to play Cady. At the time she was 24. The role reversal worked, since Lohan was apparently intimated by the older McAdams, who barely spoke to her co-star.
In the film, Daniel Franzese, who plays Damian, came out as gay last week. One of the “Mean Girls” jokes about Damian is that he’s “too gay to function.” But it seems like he’s functioning just fine these days.
Aside from watching the teen flick, the only other way to celebrate 10 years of “Mean Girls” is to remember some of its best movie quotes. Check them out below, courtesy of the Internet Movie Database:
Karen: If you're from Africa, why are you white?
Gretchen: Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white.
Regina: Boo, you whore!
Karen: On Wednesdays we wear pink!
Gretchen: [Talking to Cady] And you can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week, so I guess you chose today.
Gretchen: I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me... but I can't help it that I'm so popular.
Janis: See? That's the thing with you plastics. You think everybody is in love with you when actually, everybody HATES you! Like, Aaron Samuels, for example, he broke up with Regina and guess what? He still doesn't want you! So why are you still messing with Regina, Cady? I'll tell you why, because you are a mean girl! You're a bitch! Here. You can have this. It won a prize.
Damian: And I want my pink shirt back! I want my pink shirt back!
Coach Carr: Don't have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don't have sex in the missionary position, don't have sex standing up, just don't do it, OK, promise? OK, now everybody take some rubbers.
Bethany Byrd: [to Mr. Duvall] Somebody wrote in that book that I'm lying about being a virgin, 'cause I use super-jumbo tampons, but I can't help it if I've got a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina!
Gretchen: That is so fetch!
Regina: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!
Karen: There's a 30% chance that it's already raining!
Regina: I gave him everything! I was half a virgin when I met him.
Karen: Do you wanna do something fun? Wanna go to taco bell?
Regina: I can't go to taco bell, I'm on an all-carb diet. GOD Karen you're so stupid!
Regina: Is butter a carb?
Janis: You smell like a baby prostitute.
Damian: Oh my God - Danny DeVito! I love your work!
Gretchen: Irregardless, ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean that's just like the rules of feminism.
Regina: You cannot do that. That is social suicide. *Damn*! You are so lucky you have us to guide you.
Cady: [voiceover] In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.
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