History YMMV / MeanGirls

24th Mar '17 5:00:02 AM TywinIsGod
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** Janis Ian's plan is to slowly ruin Regina's life by bringing her down one piece at a time. Get rid of her boyfriend, trick her into gaining weight and turn her friends against her. All banking on the fact that Regina's ego wouldn't [[RefugeInAudacity believe in someone doing that to her]].

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** Janis Ian's plan is to slowly ruin Regina's life by bringing her down one piece at a time. Get rid of her boyfriend, trick her into gaining weight and turn her friends against her. All banking on the fact that Regina's ego [[SmugSnake ego]] wouldn't [[RefugeInAudacity believe in someone doing that to her]].
16th Mar '17 12:22:03 PM TywinIsGod
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** A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]]. Notably when Cady lies and says that there's nothing about Janis in the Burn Book, Janis seems annoyed (perhaps narcissism that the girls aren't even talking about her full stop?) - and at times Janis seems just as bitchy as Regina.
** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these pets dog moments are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or [[TakeAThirdOption both]].

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** A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]]. Notably when Cady lies and says that there's nothing about Janis in the Burn Book, Janis seems annoyed (perhaps narcissism that the girls aren't even talking about her full stop?) - and at times Janis seems just as bitchy as Regina.
Regina and is more of a DirtyCoward to boot.
** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these pets pet the dog moments are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or [[TakeAThirdOption both]].
12th Mar '17 3:45:03 AM Xtifr
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* GeniusBonus: The whole "We should kill Caesar" speech may just be a history report, but when taken out of context, it sounds like something an actual Roman senator would say about Creator/JuliusCaesar.

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* GeniusBonus: The whole "We should kill Caesar" speech may just be a history report, but when taken out of context, it sounds like something an actual Roman senator would say about Creator/JuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
1st Mar '17 5:26:38 AM MCanter89
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** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these pets dog moments are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or [[take a third option| both]].

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** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these pets dog moments are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or [[take a third option| [[TakeAThirdOption both]].



* GeniusBonus: The whole "We should kill Caesar" speech may just be a history report, but when taken out-of-context it sounds like something an actual Roman senator would say about Creator/JuliusCaesar.

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* GeniusBonus: The whole "We should kill Caesar" speech may just be a history report, but when taken out-of-context out of context, it sounds like something an actual Roman senator would say about Creator/JuliusCaesar.



** Though it also counts as a HarsherInHindsight depending on your view, the movie follows [[Creator/LindsayLohan Cady]] as she falls in with the wrong crowd and goes from a mild-mannered nice girl into a party-happy temperamental bitch. Lohan's constant arrests and trips to rehab afterwards have led to the [[MemeticMutation widespread idea]] that Regina got the last laugh on Cady in the end. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mean_girls_xl_05--film-A.jpg This shot]] has become surprisingly prophetic. [[note]]Yes, that is Lohan in the garbage bin.[[/note]]

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** Though it also counts as a HarsherInHindsight depending on your view, the movie follows [[Creator/LindsayLohan Cady]] as she falls in with the wrong crowd and goes from a mild-mannered nice girl into a party-happy temperamental bitch. Lohan's constant arrests and trips to rehab afterwards have led to the [[MemeticMutation widespread idea]] that Regina got the last laugh on Cady in the end. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mean_girls_xl_05--film-A.jpg This shot]] has become surprisingly prophetic. [[note]]Yes, that is Lohan in the garbage bin.[[/note]]



* PopularityPolynomial: Mean Girls was moderately successful when it first came out before fading into obscurity. Its popularity suddenly exploded in TheNewTens into [[MemeticMutation one of the most quoted movies ever.]]

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* PopularityPolynomial: Mean Girls was moderately successful when it first came out before fading into obscurity. Its popularity suddenly exploded in TheNewTens into [[MemeticMutation one of the most quoted movies ever.]]ever]].
20th Jan '17 3:25:50 PM Tropervilliara
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** A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]]. Notably when Cady lies and says that there's nothing about Janis in the Burn Book, Janis seems annoyed (perhaps narcissism that the girls aren't even talking about her?) - and at times Janis seems just as bitchy as Regina.
** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or both.

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** A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]]. Notably when Cady lies and says that there's nothing about Janis in the Burn Book, Janis seems annoyed (perhaps narcissism that the girls aren't even talking about her?) her full stop?) - and at times Janis seems just as bitchy as Regina.
** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these pets dog moments are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or both.[[take a third option| both]].



* DesignatedHero: Janis. She is just as manipulative as Regina, taunts her by revealing her manipulations in front of the entire school (throwing Cady under the bus in the process), [[MoralDissonance and gets cheered for it]]. This, combined with her HollywoodHomely appearance, has only fueled some fans' theories that Janis is herself a [[FallenPrincess former]] AlphaBitch.

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* DesignatedHero: Janis. She is just as manipulative as Regina, Regina (if not more so), taunts her by revealing her manipulations in front of the entire school (throwing Cady under the bus in the process), [[MoralDissonance and gets cheered for it]]. This, combined with her HollywoodHomely appearance, has only fueled some fans' theories that Janis is herself a [[FallenPrincess former]] AlphaBitch.
20th Jan '17 12:46:27 PM Tropervilliara
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** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her.

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** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her. How much of these are genuine, or for a cheap narcissistic laugh or both.
13th Jan '17 6:11:14 AM manofwarb
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Added DiffLines:

* NightmareFuel: There are young boys being raised to believe that gay people should be hunted with Remington bolt action rifles.
** We notice how a silly rumor based on an offhand comment got Ms Norbury into serious legal trouble. Thankfully averted when Cady owns up to the rumor, but imagine how this suspicion of drug dealing would have utterly ruined a teacher's career and life.
** Regina's mom is apparently just fine with giving teenagers alcohol, if they ask her for it. Considering how alcohol consumption has amplified effects on minors ...
30th Dec '16 4:27:35 PM fearlessnikki
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]].

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]].evolving]]. Notably when Cady lies and says that there's nothing about Janis in the Burn Book, Janis seems annoyed (perhaps narcissism that the girls aren't even talking about her?) - and at times Janis seems just as bitchy as Regina.
** Regina herself appears to care for the other Plastics in her own twisted way. When Jason is two-timing Gretchen, she gets revenge. She gives Cady a makeover and compliments her appearance. And she seems genuinely hurt when her friends turn against her - especially when she finds out everything Cady did to her.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Special mention has to go to Glen Coco. To put this in perspective, he appears on screen for about 4 seconds, the only part of him shown is the back of his head, he does not speak, and we only hear a single line about him:

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
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Special mention has to go to Glen Coco. To put this in perspective, he appears on screen for about 4 seconds, the only part of him shown is the back of his head, he does not speak, and we only hear a single line about him:



%%* FountainOfMemes: Karen.

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%%* * FountainOfMemes: Karen. Karen is the DumbBlonde of the group, and lots of her lines are instantly quotable ("so if you're from Africa, why are you white?") as are her facial expressions.



** Regina's "I couldn't have a lesbian at my party..." took on a whole new (and funny) meaning when Creator/LindsayLohan picked up a girlfriend, and now that Creator/AmandaSeyfried has done [[Film/JennifersBody two]] [[Film/{{Chloe}} movies]] in which her character [[GirlOnGirlIsHot makes out (and in one case, has sex) with another woman]].
*** For an added bonus, take a look at the list of songs during the credits. One of them is performed by Samantha Ronson, Lohan's on-and-off girlfriend.
** The fact that the film was toned down to PG-13 after Lindsay Lohan was cast, due to her being too "family-friendly" to star in an R-rated film.
** And that Lohan considered that starring in the film as a "mean girl" would hurt her rep.

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** Regina's "I couldn't have a lesbian at my party..." took on a whole new (and funny) meaning when Creator/LindsayLohan picked up a girlfriend, and now that Creator/AmandaSeyfried has done [[Film/JennifersBody two]] [[Film/{{Chloe}} movies]] in which her character [[GirlOnGirlIsHot makes out (and in one case, has sex) with another woman]].
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woman]]. For an added bonus, take a look at the list of songs during the credits. One of them is performed by Samantha Ronson, Lohan's on-and-off girlfriend.
girlfriend. Cady also sees two girls making out at the Halloween party and looks uncomfortable.
** The fact that the film was toned down to PG-13 after Lindsay Lohan was cast, due to her being too "family-friendly" to star in an R-rated film.
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film. And that Lindsay Lohan considered worried that starring in the film as a "mean girl" would hurt her rep.



** Though it also counts as a HarsherInHindsight depending on your view, the movie follows [[Creator/LindsayLohan Cady]] as she falls in with the wrong crowd and goes from a mild-mannered nice girl into a party-happy temperamental bitch. Lohan's constant arrests and trips to rehab afterwards have led to the [[MemeticMutation widespread idea]] that Regina got the last laugh on Cady in the end.
** Cady sees two girls making out at the Halloween party and looks very dismayed.
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mean_girls_xl_05--film-A.jpg This shot]] has become surprisingly prophetic. [[note]]Yes, that is Lohan in the garbage bin.[[/note]]

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** Though it also counts as a HarsherInHindsight depending on your view, the movie follows [[Creator/LindsayLohan Cady]] as she falls in with the wrong crowd and goes from a mild-mannered nice girl into a party-happy temperamental bitch. Lohan's constant arrests and trips to rehab afterwards have led to the [[MemeticMutation widespread idea]] that Regina got the last laugh on Cady in the end. \n** Cady sees two girls making out at the Halloween party and looks very dismayed.\n** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mean_girls_xl_05--film-A.jpg This shot]] has become surprisingly prophetic. [[note]]Yes, that is Lohan in the garbage bin.[[/note]]



* MagnificentBitch: Janis Ian, and Regina George herself once she catches on to the scheme against her.
* MemeticBadass: He doesn't get any lines, but he still gets a lot of play on the internet, "Four for you Glen Coco! You go Glen Coco!"

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* MagnificentBitch: MagnificentBitch:
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Janis Ian, Ian's plan is to slowly ruin Regina's life by bringing her down one piece at a time. Get rid of her boyfriend, trick her into gaining weight and turn her friends against her. All banking on the fact that Regina's ego wouldn't [[RefugeInAudacity believe in someone doing that to her]].
**
Regina George herself too, once she catches on to finds out about the scheme against her.
scheme. She puts herself in the Burn Book, frames the other girls for it and then releases the contents all over the school - effectively causing a riot.
* MemeticBadass: MemeticBadass:
**
He doesn't get any lines, but he still gets a lot of play on the internet, "Four for you Glen Coco! You go Glen Coco!"



** And with PeripheryDemographic: This movie is popular with a lot of guys, particularly those who had a thing for Lohan back in the day and are nostalgic for her pre-trainwreck career or are fans of [=McAdams=], Seyfried or Chabert and are curious about their early careers. Also heavily related to TestosteroneBrigade listed below.
** People that work with teenage girls, such as middle/high school faculty, find this movie very comical and a little too close to home.
*** And even a few SNL aficionados by way of Fey. ''Still'' very much related to Testosterone Brigade in this case.



* PeripheryDemographic:
** This movie is popular with a lot of guys, particularly those who had a thing for Lohan back in the day and are nostalgic for her pre-trainwreck career or are fans of [=McAdams=], Seyfried or Chabert and are curious about their early careers. Also heavily related to TestosteroneBrigade listed below.
** People that work with teenage girls, such as middle/high school faculty, find this movie very comical and a little too close to home.
** And even a few SNL aficionados by way of Tina Fey. ''Still'' very much related to Testosterone Brigade in this case.



* TestosteroneBrigade: While written by [[Creator/TinaFey a woman]] and marketed heavily to teen girls, it was released at the height of Creator/LindsayLohan's [[HollywoodHypeMachine "it girl"]] popularity, and features Lohan and a number of other young women in provocative dress throughout. Lots of men went to see it for the hot high school chicks.
** Creator/BellaThorne, when promoting ''Film/TheDuff'' on Creator/TheBBC's Radio 1, invoked this when trying to persuade the DJ's producer (a man) to see ''Mean Girls''[[note]]that's right, she was promoting a different movie - luckily Paramount and CBS Films, which made ''The DUFF'', are part of the same corporate family[[/note]], pointing out its brilliance and adding "Plus it's [[Creator/LindsayLohan got]] [[Creator/RachelMcAdams four]] [[Creator/LaceyChabert hot]] [[Creator/AmandaSeyfried girls]]."

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* TestosteroneBrigade: While written by [[Creator/TinaFey a woman]] and marketed heavily to teen girls, it was released at the height of Creator/LindsayLohan's [[HollywoodHypeMachine "it girl"]] popularity, and features Lohan and a number of other young women in provocative dress throughout. Lots of men went to see it for the hot high school chicks.
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chicks. Creator/BellaThorne, when promoting ''Film/TheDuff'' on Creator/TheBBC's Radio 1, invoked this when trying to persuade the DJ's producer (a man) to see ''Mean Girls''[[note]]that's right, she was promoting a different movie - luckily Paramount and CBS Films, which made ''The DUFF'', are part of the same corporate family[[/note]], pointing out its brilliance and adding "Plus it's [[Creator/LindsayLohan got]] [[Creator/RachelMcAdams four]] [[Creator/LaceyChabert hot]] [[Creator/AmandaSeyfried girls]].""
* UnbuiltTrope: The movie predates the 'elite high school girls' subgenre of teen fiction - such as ''Literature/TheClique'', ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' and ''Series/GossipGirl'' - all of which were clearly inspired by it. But the movie deconstructs the GirlPosse by showing the bitchy backstabbing as shallow and pointless - in such a fashion that it almost looks like a response to those works.



* {{Sequelitis}}: Apart from the element of Jo creating a group of Anti-Plastics and the climactic football game, the film is pretty much a remake of the first film, without the laughs. Also Jo's friends turning against her is extremely forced.
** Tina Fey repeatedly turned down offers to make the sequel. Now that the sequel was done without her, she regrets turning down the offer.

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* {{Sequelitis}}: Apart from the element of Jo creating a group of Anti-Plastics and the climactic football game, the film is pretty much a remake of the first film, without the laughs. Also Jo's friends turning against her is extremely forced.
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forced. Tina Fey repeatedly turned down offers to make the sequel. Now that the sequel was done without her, she regrets turning down the offer.
6th Dec '16 8:02:18 AM KizunaTallis
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]].

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Back A fairly popular belief with fans is that back when Janis and Regina were friends, Janis was the [[AlphaBitch queen bee]] and Regina was the innocent friend (like Cady) who was [[FromNobodyToNightmare slowly evolving]].



* HollywoodPudgy: Regina's weight gain is almost entirely informed. Wardrobe allegedly stuffed Rachel McAdams' sweatpants and gave her an oversized hoodie to give her the appearance of having gained weight...but her upper half is swimming in the hoodie, and the pants only appear to be a trifle snug.

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* HollywoodPudgy: Regina's weight gain is almost entirely informed. Wardrobe allegedly stuffed Rachel McAdams' [=McAdams=]' sweatpants and gave her an oversized hoodie to give her the appearance of having gained weight...weight... but her upper half is swimming in the hoodie, and the pants only appear to be a trifle snug.



** And with PeripheryDemographic: This movie is popular with a lot of guys, particularly those who had a thing for Lohan back in the day and are nostalgic for her pre-trainwreck career or are fans of [=McAdams=], Seyfried or Chabert curious about their early careers. Also heavily related to TestosteroneBrigade listed below.

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** And with PeripheryDemographic: This movie is popular with a lot of guys, particularly those who had a thing for Lohan back in the day and are nostalgic for her pre-trainwreck career or are fans of [=McAdams=], Seyfried or Chabert and are curious about their early careers. Also heavily related to TestosteroneBrigade listed below.
23rd Oct '16 5:44:04 AM Silverblade2
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* FountainOfMemes: Karen.

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* %%* FountainOfMemes: Karen.
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