A decade ago today, “Mean Girls” hit our silver screens and introduced us to a world of Queen Bees and Wannabes where there is only one colour appropriate for Wednesdays and where ‘fetch’ was “never gonna happen”.

Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Tina Fey (who also wrote the screenplay), “Mean Girls” combined the bitchiness of 80s black comedy, “Heathers” and the cool of “Clueless”.We take a nostalgic strut back to “Girl World” and the five lessons “Mean Girls” taught us about compliments, frenemies and getting even . . .

“On Wednesdays, we wear pink”

Quote this to any girl of the “Mean Girls”-era and I’ll bet they complete the line before you do; having generated a large cult following since its 2004 release, quoting the movie is a way of life for many girls. Without Regina, Karen and Gretchen, we would be as clueless as Cady wearing an old colour on a Wednesday with no idea what a Hump Day treat was. Can you imagine?!

“So you agree . . . You think you’re really pretty”

Life before Regina George was simpler; “Thanks” was a perfectly acceptable response to compliments. That was BEFORE Regina. Now, of course, we know better; accepting a compliment is a really tricky business.

“Girl world has a LOT of rules . . .”

You can’t wear a tank top two days in a row. You can only wear your hair in a pony tail once a week. Jeans and track pants are only suitable for Fridays. You wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends if it looks good on you first. . . . And, of course, you know the deal on Halloween . . .

The show must go on (no matter what!)

Pre-“Mean Girls”, we may have made the mistake of thinking that a skipped track, a stereo to the face or a gyrating Mum doing more dancing than videoing was a reason to stop a musical number . . . Now, we know better.

“All the fighting had to be sneaky . . .”

Substituting foot cream for moisturiser, passing off Kalteen Bars as a means of losing weight, snipping “nipples”, posing as Susan from Planned Parenthood . . . Us girls didn’t need “Mean Girls” to teach us how to fight dirty, but it certainly gave us a few new ideas! Not too mention, the wonders it has done for our vocabulary. Fugly slut, anyone? 

Throw on your very best pink outfit this Wednesday and fix yourself a Hump Day Treat and toast “Mean Girls” turning 10 today! 

 

 

 

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