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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

Mean Girls

Paramount Pictures, Broadway Video and Little Stranger present a PG-13, 112-minute. Musical, Comedy, directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. and written by Tina Fey with a theater release of January 12, 2024.

Well, if you saw the original with Lindsay Lohan then you know what the movie is about but this year, they added a bit of a “Glee” atmosphere to make it different for a modern-day audience. Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) and her mother (Jenna Fischer) live in Africa but her mother has the opportunity to take Cady away from the bush and into civilization. Once back in small town America Cady starts here first day of school and is unsure how she will fit in. We have the jocks, the nerds, the musicians and actors and the “Mean Girls” known as ‘The Plastics’ led by Regina George (Renee Rapp) and her two sidekicks Karen Shetty (Avantika) and Gretchen Wieners (Bebe Wood).

While trying to fit in Cady has a crush on Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney) which is not a good idea to make Regina an enemy. But Cady ends up hanging out with the Regina nemesis Janis ‘Imi’ike (Auli’I Cravalho) and Damian Hubbard (Jaquel Spivey) the fabulous gay best friend to Janis. That is until the three of them devise a plot to spy on Regina and her friend to uncover her most private secrets. Obviously, the plan doesn’t go as they planned when the dirty little secrets and lies get revealed to Principal Duvall (Tim Meadows) and Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey) causing the classmates in school to turn ugly. In the end though, the big question is, if the truth will set them free? You’ll have to see for yourself.

They kept the story pretty much to the original comedy but they did delete some moments and added a lot of music, dance and singing to many scenes. It is well directed and written but I feel there was a bit too much over-kill of music and dance in the story. It is fun, it is entertaining and the cast is well picked to bring this movie into the current technological times. I think opening weekend will do well considering the amount of marketing that comes with the film. I think if they pulled back on a few of the musical moments it might have flowed a bit better. But, don’t get me wrong even though I like the original more I still found two hours of entertainment in this new edition.

I enjoyed Lohan in the original a bit more than Rice but by all means she does a great job carrying the film along side the musical talents of Rapp. They definitely complimented each other along with another standout which is Wood. Yet the scene stealers are definitely “Imi’ike and Spivey from the opening minute to the closing credits. Jon Hamm as Coach Carr has a small role along with some of the other faculty but look for a very special cameo in the story. Fey and Meadows reprise their same character roles from twenty years ago. Samuels does a nice job as does the airhead role of Karen played by Avantika. The music is nicely picked and the choreography is superb but I still wish they pulled back on it slightly because just like in “The Color Purple” currently in theaters that came out as a musical it seemed to take away from some of the special moments in the story that might have been better played without breaking into song. Overall, though this redo of “Mean Girls” is still fun to watch containing some of the same lessons learned in the original. No animals to speak of except for some of the supporting cast playing the roles of animals in some scenes.

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