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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Mean Girls (2024) - From Burn Book to Broadway Beats

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 01-12-2024

Watched 01-14-2024

Reviewed 01-15-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

"That is so fetch."

"Mean Girls (2024)" marks a delightful return to the halls of North Shore High School, this time with a melodious twist. Tina Fey, the mastermind behind the original and this revamp, ingeniously integrates the sass and wit of the original 2004 classic with the vibrancy of its Broadway musical counterpart. The plot remains engagingly familiar: Cady Heron, the new girl, navigates the treacherous waters of high school hierarchy, initially welcomed and then targeted by the infamous Plastics, led by the cunning Regina George. The central conflict, sparked by Cady's unintentional faux pas of falling for Regina's ex-boyfriend, unfolds with both humor and heart.

What sets this rendition apart is its transformation into a musical, a bold move that pays off for fans of the genre. The contemporary setting, twenty years after the original, adds a fresh layer of relevance. The film is a visual and auditory feast, with memorable performances that are both nostalgic and innovative.

However, the musical aspect, while a treat for enthusiasts, might not resonate with all viewers. This divergence from a non-musical format is the sole reason for docking a star. Yet, for those with a penchant for catchy tunes and high school drama, "Mean Girls (2024)" is a must-watch.

An interesting point of contention comes from the changes made to the Broadway soundtrack. While some alterations are arguably necessary for the cinematic format, they have raised questions among fans, including my daughter, a die-hard follower of the original soundtrack. These changes, while puzzling to some, do not significantly detract from the overall enjoyment of the film.

In conclusion, "Mean Girls (2024)" is a vibrant, entertaining blend of humor, music, and the timeless tale of high school politics. It's a commendable homage to its predecessors and a standalone gem in its own right. Fans of the franchise and musical movies alike will find much to enjoy in this spirited adaptation.


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