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Fridge Brilliance

  • Regina's line referring to Gretchen's nomination for Spring Fling Queen, saying that "She's not even pretty." In the original script, Gretchen was intended to be average at best, ugly at worst - mostly desirable because of her expensive clothes and lavish lifestyle. When the obviously pretty Lacey Chabert was cast for the role, this line was left in, and rather than just a statement, it becomes an insight into Regina's character. She truly believes that she is the queen bee because she deserves it, because she is superior to Karen and Gretchen. YMMV on which girl is most attractive, but fans can all agree that each of them is gorgeous, and only Regina's inflated ego could have resulted in such a surprise at Gretchen's nomination.
  • Why did Janis receive no comeuppance for her actions against Regina, while Cady received very harsh reactions from the rest of the school? Because Cady was a newcomer, and the rest of the school had no idea what Regina might have done to her, while Janis had known Regina for years. They could chalk up Janis’ behaviour to a Kick the Son of a Bitch reaction, while assuming Cady was just a massive Jerkass.
    • One could also argue that Janis' actions in the movie were balanced by the humiliation she received in the events before the movie.
    • Another argument may have been that considering how almost every female in that scene was victimized by Regina George, so for them to hear all the bad thing that happened to Regina must have been too satisfying to condemn Janis for.
    • There's also a difference between humiliating the Regina in front of the whole school, something most of the girls probably already dreamed of. But pushing her in front of a bus equals trying to kill her which is even for girls who were "personally victimized by Regina George" a tad bit too much. So Cady is treated as insane.
  • Janis isn't a lesbian, but she is Lebanese. Her whole falling out with Regina was probably the result of Regina confusing the two.
    • Likely because Regina is book dumb
    • Or it was a result of Regina becoming threatened by Janis's popularity and wanting to take her down. Regina could have been depending on others having heard that Janis was Lebanese, and being able to easily convince them that they had heard "lesbian" instead.
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  • Minor but facepalm-worthy: "Fetch", which seems like such a random word, is probably short for "fetching", which would make sense in the contexts she uses it.
  • Gretchen mentions that she's Jewish. Her dancing to a Christmas song still makes sense because she'd do anything if Regina told her to do so.
  • -1 is actually entirely plausible as an incorrect answer to the limit at the end. If you mistakenly say sin 0 = 1 and cos 0 = 0, instead of the other way around, it evaluates to -1.
  • In the musical, Karen's first music segment has this musical build that ends with a gag, "My name is Karen, I may not be awfully smart... that's it." But her breezy personality, and her later kindness to Cady, also immediately tells the audience that she has a big heart. And she didn't even need the explicit rhyme to say a lot about her.

Fridge Horror

  • Not exactly Fridge Horror, but if Janis choreographed the sexy Jingle Bell Rock dance when she was still friends with Regina, that means that she, Regina, and the other Plastics were no older than 12 or 13 years old when they started performing it at school talent shows (and presumably wearing the costumes).
    • To be fair, those costumes probably covered more back then...
    • A lot of girls do tend to copy dancing they see their favourite pop stars doing. Dance is a bit suggestive on its own, so while it's a bit icky, it's unfortunately Truth in Television. It's already a bit icky that these are sixteen-year-old girls performing this dance.
    • Yeah, let's not forget that Britney Spears was 16 when she filmed the video for ...Baby One More Time. You know, the one where she dresses in a sexed-up Catholic schoolgirl uniform and dances suggestively? And that came out in 1998. For 2004, this seems about on-par.
  • The scene where everyone refuses to catch Gretchen after her Backhanded Apology is supposed to be funny, and is used as another instance of Karen being dumb. But if Karen had backed away like all the other girls, Gretchen probably would have died from that fall. And nobody seemed uncomfortable about almost letting that happen. Even the teachers.
    • Ms Norbury and Mr Duvall look like they're talking when Gretchen falls - so they didn't see the other girls backing away.

Fridge Logic

  • Why would the inventor of Toaster Strudels need to put his daughter in public school? Surely the resident Rich Bitch would be just one of many in some ritzy private academy?
    • Plenty of kids with rich parents go to public schools. It might be because the parents do want to save money (even if you're rich, a good private school can still be rather expensive), though sometimes the kid goes to public school for the general environment. More exposure to different types of people and whatnot.
    • In some areas of the country, public schools can be just as good (and just as expensive as, due to a combination of taxes and books) as private schools.
    • This movie was apparently set in the North Shore of Chicago, an area known for very wealthy residents and some of the best public schools in the nation. Private schools in that area are not significantly better than the public schools, and if the parents don't want to ship the children off to boarding makes a great deal of sense that Gretchen goes to public school.
    • Many of the top schools in America are actually public schools—only 10% of American kids actually go to private schools (and not every who goes to a private school comes from a rich family) while 87% go to public schools (the remaining 3% are probably homeschooled or something). Also, statistically-speaking, public school teachers make way more money than private school teachers.
  • Why does Cady speak English with a perfect American accent when she's spent her entire life in Africa?
    • Cady didn't spend her whole life in Africa, just all of her school years. She could have been five or six when she went over, so English isn't a problem. As for the accent, she could have picked that up from her parents.
      • As a Britain-born Oop North and raised in Spain for my schooling years, I can tell you people do tend to lose their original accent after a while. Just chalk it up to Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
      • When she was in Africa she spoke the native language when talking to others. However she still spoke English with her parents at home. She learned how to speak English first and so she kept her accent from speaking with them.
      • But English is a lingua franca in South Africa and other parts of the continent, a dialect that is very different from Midwestern American English. If Cady spoke to anyone other than her parents, it would rub off eventually. Not Even Bothering with the Accent, I say.
      • As a Filipino-born American, having come to U.S. at age 12, my accent actually changes depending on who I'm talking to. The natural accent I came with remains intact when I'm addressing family or other Tagalog speaking Filipinos. My accent becomes more Americanized when I talk to my friends out of habit, having forced a more Americanized accent when I first arrived. Because I managed to force my way into an accent, after the first few months upon my arrival, I naturally switch between the two accents, and now it's a subconscious thing with me. That being said, assuming Cady's parents had native English speaking coworkers, what could have happened was that she spoke a certain way with her parents' coworkers, while she spoke another way to the African children she played with. Or another possibility is that she mimics her parents' accents when they reached the United States, having caught on that her parents' accents are more common in the country than the South African accent she had developed. With that possibility, it could be that she naturally a South African accent, and then after forcing an American accent, it eventually would become her natural accent. While how long it would take to change her accent is difficult to pinpoint, as everyone's different, it is believable that she speaks with the accent she speaks with in the movie because it's probably a forced accent.
    • Maybe she didn't have a lot of friends in Africa and she mainly spoke to her parents? If she spoke to them in English most of the time (and from what we see of them in the movie, we could assume that) then that's how. And she could have watched a lot of American television and movies and picked the accent up that way.
  • How did the Plastics get away with wearing such short skirts in high school? I didn't go to a particularly conservative school, but we still had a dress code. (Moreover, how did all the girls get away with cutting cup-revealing holes in their blouses when most schools will call girls out for letting their bra straps accidentally slip down their arms?)
    • I noticed that when Ms. Norbury asks who has felt victimised by Regina, the teachers and even Mr Duvall raise their hands too. So it might be that Regina is so effective as an Alpha Bitch that even the teachers don't question her. As for the cut blouses, we only see them wearing the clothes like that for one afternoon - so maybe the teachers did forbid them. It's just that they didn't have replacement tops they could change into that day.
  • Since the movie, Gretchen's "fetch" has gained some use as slang for a Forced Meme. Does that mean she really did make "fetch" happen?


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