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  • Released
  • April 30, 2004
  • PG-13, 1 hr 37 min
  • Comedy
  • 2,867 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that Mean Girls is a 2004 comedy in which Lindsay Lohan plays Cady, a new girl in a high school where a clique of popular girls dominate. Some mature material for a PG-13 film, including crude humor, sexual references, references to venereal disease, underage drinking, and comic violence. Teen girls call other girls names like "slut-faced ho bag," "fugly slut," and "nastiest skank bitch." The mother of one of the "mean girls" offers alcohol to her daughter and her friends, acts drunk, and offers condoms to her daughter when she walks in on her on the verge of having sex. The sex-ed teacher is revealed to be committing statutory rape with two students, and is shown making out with a teen girl. Homosexual slurs used. There's a prank involving a pregnancy test. Cady allows her home to be taken over by partying teens, gets drunk, and throws up. A child watches Girls Gone Wild and imitates it. A girl refers to herself as "half a virgin" and there's a joke about girl-girl kissing. A strength of the movie is its positive portrayal of diverse characters, including disabled, gay, and minority students. Overall, it's a biting satire that doesn't shy away from the hypocrisy of some adults, and doesn't sugarcoat the language and behavior of teens when, mired in insecurity and feelings of inferiority, they spread terrible rumors and hurl vitriolic insults, and it tries to use the story to combat and address this issue.

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