Contains Examples Of:
- Alpha Bitch: Carla, played by none other than Megan Fox.
- ...And That Little Girl Was Me: The song "Drama Queen (That Girl)" provides such a strong example, it names this trope almost word-for-word.That girl was a wild child dreamer but she'll find herself
'Cause she believes in nothin' else
And you'll look back and you won't believe
That girl was me
- Bait-and-Switch: When the official casting sheet for Eliza Rocks is revealed, after Lola and Carla race to the bulletin board to find it, Carla checks it first, and smugly remarks that she got the role she wanted. Clearly nervous, Lola reminds herself that "there are no small parts, only small actors", checks the casting sheet... And proudly announces she has been cast as Eliza, while Carla got the part of Mrs. Higgins.
- Blithe Spirit: Lola
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lola is the "redhead" (technically more of a strawberry blonde) to Ella's blonde and Carla's brunette.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Lola, especially to her mother.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Straight-laced Ella bursts into tears at the idea of lying to her parents about going to New York City to see Sidarthur's final concert.
- Cassandra Truth: Lola finally tells the truth about being at the after party for Sidarthur's final concert, but Carla lies and says she wasn't there. No one believes Lola.
- Character Signature Song: Carla's is Lumidee's "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)".
- Do Not Call Me Mary
- Drama Queen: Lola, obviously. It's right there in the title.
- Embarrassing First Name: Mary Elizabeth. She insists that everyone call her "Lola".
- Fangirl: Lola and Ella are huge fans of the band Sidarthur; Lola specifically is obsessed with the band's lead singer, Stu Wolff.
- From New York to Nowhere
- Girl Posse: Carla, Marcia and Robin
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ella is very sweet.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: According to Lola, Ella is 'the sister of my soul'.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Lola, who dreams of being a famous Broadway actress and is constantly making up stories about her life to make it sound more impressive than it actually is.
- Imagine Spot: Quite a few, courtesy of Lola.
- Is That a Threat?
- Carla: I'll show you what it's like to be in my school.Lola: Is that a threat?Carla: Absolutely.
- Jerkass: Carla.
- Liar Revealed: Lola gets caught lying about being on a hunger strike, her name being Lola, and her father's supposed death.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Lola tries to be this for her new school (at least in the book).
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Lolas real name is Mary Elizabeth, but she refuses to be called that... Not that it stops her parents from doing so either way.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Pretty much the main cast. Although, Lola doesn't want to be one.
- The Rival: Carla is this to Mary (Lola).
- School Play: One of the major plots in the movie.
- Show Within a Show: The School Play Eliza Rocks, which is essentially George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion being given a Setting Update and turned into a Jukebox Musical.
- Shrinking Violet: Ella.
- Snowball Lie: Beginning with insisting her name is Lola and cumulating with the lie about the death of her father, all in the name of drama.
- There's No Place Like Home: Lola really doesn't want to be in New Jersey.
- What Could Have Been: Originally, the role of Lola was offered to Hilary Duff. After Duff backed out of the film, Lohan was cast as Lola.