It’s probably fair to say that 2004’s Mean Girls was not really aimed at me. It is, perhaps lazily, oft-referred to a ‘teen comedy’. I was not a teenager when it came out, though I was considerably closer to being a teenager back then, than when I actually saw the film for the first time. Which was this year.
So it is perhaps testament to how good this movie is, that it transcended the disparity between me and its actual target audience and I really enjoyed it.
To be honest, had I realised that it was written by Tina Fey, I’d have probably seen it earlier, given that I loved 30 Rock and I’m quite a big fan of her work in general.
It has genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and, while not entirely cliché-free, it remains, in 2020, a pretty refreshing and interesting take on the genre.
Score for Christmasishness
It’s not a Christmas movie, but it makes the cut for many people who waste their time compiling lists of Christmas movies (which evidently includes me) because part of the movie is set at Christmas-time. And that bit of the film is quite Christmas(ish) so it’s perfectly reasonable to include this in your regular Christmas viewing habits if you so wish.