Trivia: Mean Girls

  • Ability Over Appearance: Lizzy Caplan almost didn't get the job, as the producers thought she was too pretty to play Janis.
  • Billing Displacement: When a Mean Girls game came out for the Nintendo DS in 2010, Lindsay Lohan, the film's star, wasn't on the cover. The tabloids had a field day with this.
  • Dawson Casting: Regina George is played by Rachel McAdams, who was 24-25 at the time of filming. Also, Lacey Chabert and Lizzy Caplan were both 21 when the film was made. Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Seyfried, however, were both teenagers at the time.
  • Deleted Scene: Cady tries to give Regina a Wardrobe Wound by having a friend rig her cafeteria table so that it tips and spills food into her lap when she sits down. However, a member of Regina's Girl Posse sits where Regina was supposed to, thus becoming the prank's victim.
  • Fake American: Rachel McAdams. (Canadian)
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Playing Against Type: Neil Flynn, who was at this time well known as the sarcastic smartass Janitor on Scrubs plays Cady's loving, caring, affectionate and utterly clueless father.
  • Production Posse: The movie was produced by Saturday Night Live co-creator and producer Lorne Michaels, and written by Tina Fey, who plays a supporting part, and also includes her SNL castmates Ana Gasteyer and Tim Meadows.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film is a time capsule of the last generation of American teens who didn't have the internet as an omnipresent force in their lives. The very idea of a "three-way calling attack" could only work with landline phones, which are fast becoming an endangered species today, while one of the symbols of Gretchen's wealth is the fact that she owns a cell phone, an item that became all but a necessity of modern life in just a few short years. Cyberbullying is never even mentioned, even though, by the end of the decade, it would become the moral panic du jour.
    • Additionally, Regina's materialistic life points itself to pre-2008 recession, when flaunting immense wealth was in style. Though this helps emphasize how empty and hollow her life truly is.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the original script, Gretchen was envisaged as plain-to-ugly (with a "sniveling whiny face") and part of the in-crowd solely for her wealth. Obviously, this was dropped when the very pretty Lacey Chabert was cast in the role, but traces of the original perception of the character can still be seen in the film in Regina's obvious surprise that Gretchen was nominated for Spring Fling Queen.
    • The film was a lot filthier before it was PG-13ified. See Bowdlerization on the main page.

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