Does it annoy anyone else the way the movie assumes Aaron is a nice, pure, wholesome guy, untouched by the nest of vipers that surrounds him? He dates Regina twice when she's at her most tyrannical; all she has to do to get him back is tell him she didn't break up with him the first time; he only breaks up with her when he finds out she's been cheating on him. He apparently has no problem with the kind of person she is; he tells Cady that Regina's just "more up-front" about being an asshole than most people. She asks him why he's friends with Regina and he snaps back, "Why are you?" — like that's a good answer instead of casting them both in the same light. And then when Cady turns into Regina he acts like she's betraying his doe-eyed faith in her. Oh, but "all he cares about is school and his mom and his friends" — that's why he sucks at math but thinks he's good enough to tutor someone else, he omg does his own laundry, and we never even meet any of his friends outside Regina's circle. For a movie that's supposed to be about how girls are a super special girly kind of mean to each other, they could have done better than including a male character who's basically a hypocritical honorary Plastic and mysteriously never gets called out on it.
This troper never saw Aaron as anything close to plastic.
Yes, he dates Regina, and he's an idiot for taking her back a second time over such a flimsy excuse. But he could genuinely care for her, or it could be the fact she's smoking hot and he's a teenage male. The reason he asks Cady why she's friends with Regina is because she's just spent the last ten minutes bitching about her, and yet calls her a friend. It's pretty realistic writing for a male teenager, they don't tend to bitch like us females.
Was that supposed to be a joke, especially coming from a female (nice that you can't just say girls or women, too)? Guys bitch every day like girls are supposed to be 5-7 days a month. Even Aaron did it. But yes, only teenage boys, well-known for their good sense and high moral values, are capable of that. Girls never do it (like Cady and Janis and Ms. Newbury). The ones who do it like myself simply don't exist. Except you, probably. The most realistic thing about Aaron this Troper has found is that he knowingly continues dating a sociopath because she's attractive and puts out freely.
Aaron liked Cady for who she was, not the plastic she became. What's so wrong about that?
And lastly, are you serious? Aaron's a nice guy, that's why he offers to help Cady out when she starts to fail; by this point all he knows is that her test scores are lower than his. Maybe he's not the greatest at maths, but it's clear that he doesn't know she's failing on purpose until she tells him. And if you're referring to the original screenplay, it's not just implied he does his own laundry, but he does his mother's too. Sorry, but that's pretty impressive for a teenage boy. We don't meet any of his friends because Aaron has a relatively small role in the film, and there was honestly no need to show them either.
"He liked Cady for who she was, not the plastic she became" is obviously the movie's intention, but it's completely undermined by the fact that he's apparently fine with the way the "Plastics" behave. He never objects to any of it until Cady's the one doing it. "You are just like a clone of Regina" — a line said in disgust by a character who... has dated Regina twice. And the reason it's important to show him caring about school, his mom and his friends is that we're told those are the things he cares about. Instead we get him sitting at Regina's lunch table listening to her talk about her cranberry juice diet.
Cady and Damien liken being in the plastics to "being famous" or "being on the cover of Teen Us Weekly". Add that to the fact that Regina is HOT and you have "Hotness + Fame = Profit". Yeah, it's shallow but hello, teenage boy. It's obvious that people toed the line around Regina just so high school wasn't hell on earth every day so dating her would be the best possible way to keep her being nice to you, of course, and make everyone else think you're a legend ("omg he's DATING Regina!"). He obviously liked Cady for the fact that she was generally the opposite of Regina but also isn't about to say no to Regina and risk her wrath.
Keep in mind that he says this after the second time they broke up. Getting burnt twice by Regina probably hammered in the lesson for Aaron that Regina isn't that great of a person. Now that Cady is increasingly emulating Regina, especially so soon after he broke up with Regina, it viscerally repelled him. Teenage boys aren't the deepest or smartest of creatures, but they can learn, even if it takes a while. Aaron is no exception. Whether you think he is shallow or not, at least he was not malevolent like the plastics were at the height of their power.
It's probably important to remember that he does say that Cady is a CLONE of Regina. She's not being herself anymore, she's essentially someone else. Aaron didn't really seem to have an issue with Regina being mean, but he respected the fact that she was genuinely mean and didn't try to hide it or pretend that she was someone other than herself. That's not to say that Aaron has the best girlfriend picking skills, but again, teenage boy. When he realized that Cady was just like Regina, it was jarring, partially because Regina played him, but also because he knew that Cady wasn't initially like that, and she was just acting that way because she'd allowed herself to be "corrupted," for lack of a better word. She was fake, and here's the kicker, PLASTIC.
To be fair, Aaron is a high school boy who likely doesn't take relationships very seriously. Yes, he remains faithful to whoever he's dating, but maybe he realizes that high school relationships aren't a big deal.
Does anyone else think the bitchiest person in the movie was actually Janis? Nothing major really seemed to be going on in the school cliques until she started trying to bring Regina down. The Plastics even mention they hadn't used their burn book for ages. She seemed to use Cady as the puppet to exact the revenge she wasn't brave enough to do herself, she had to send the kid who barely knew what school was to do it all then at the end reveals it all in a way that makes Cady look worst!
I think the point wasn't that anyone was the most rotten apple of the bunch. The point was probably more that they're all a bunch of socially maladjusted pricks in their own special way.
^ What that person said. The moral of the movie is obviously that we've all felt victimised by others, and in our moments of weakness we've all tried to make ourselves feel better by being mean in return. This is shown in the assembly scene with Tina Fey and the Maths Tournament scene. Janis, Gretchen, Cady, Regina, pretty much every girl in the movie is mean to the others because they're insecure about their ability to make friends/self-esteem. That's what teens do.
* I don't think Janis is the bitchiest person in the movie, but you make some good points. She does use Cady for revenge and doesn't express any real remorse or get comeuppance for it.
Everyone knows the bitchiest person in the movie is the "you can try Sears" lady.
When Principal Duvall was talking to the Karen, Gretchen, and Cady about the "Burn Book" because Regina told him that their names weren't in the book, why didn't he suspect Regina could've been in on it too? He clearly knows that she's friends with Gretchen and Karen, and recently Cady.
Regina had been publicly kicked out of the Plastics at lunch. That would be big news for the teachers to discuss. And Regina was the last person added into the Burn Book so that matched up with her getting kicked out.
Principal Duvall is talking to Gretchen, Karen and Cady while Regina is out in the hallways throwing photocopies around. Why did no one care who it was that leaked the Burn Book, the principal literally says he "hope[s] no one else does see it"? Why did it not open up suspicion to Regina, who wasn't in the office with those three but was friends with them?
Like he said, why would she call herself a fugly slut? Besides, this movie is rife with cliques breaking up, so he could easily have thought (correctly) that Regina was no longer in with the plastics.
He probably would have suspected Regina under normal circumstances, and I'm sure he realised what she'd done after that whole scene. But remember, by the time he left his office all hell had broke loose. It didn't matter how the girls had seeen the burn book, it just mattered that they had and he had to deal with the aftermath.
Is anyone else kinda bothered by the epilogue? Karen, Regina and Cady all sort of do their own thing but Gretchen "finds a new clique and a new queen bee to serve". So, she's just as bad as she was before? How is that a happy ending?
It's realistic. Even with a school-wide "epiphany assembly", there are people who will still not "get it".
Wait until she gets to college. She'll probably fare a little better.