Mean Girls

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1

This teen comedy is the story of 16-year-old Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), the home-schooled daughter of zoologist parents. Having spent most of her life in Africa, she is now entering public school for the first time. The social classes are clearly defined at this school near Chicago. The initial culture shock is enormous, but soon Cady begins to learn her way around and is able to get into the schools most exclusive clique of girls, nicknamed The Plastics. When Regina (Rachel McAdams), the most popular girl, discovers that Cady is interested in her ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), things get ugly. Pretending to help Cady, Regina tries to get Aaron back. It becomes a tale of teen vengeance, and things get out of hand when their dirty little deeds become public and the whole school is turned upside down.

Cady is a good girl who becomes corrupted by peer pressure beyond anything she has ever faced. In order to survive, she lowers herself to the horrible tactics of those around her. She finds that she is good at being bad. When things begin to backfire, she realizes the harm that she has caused, but coming clean and admitting shes wrong is not easy. Mean Girls is an entertaining film with a good message, but it has its dark side. The humor is sometimes crude and mixed with bad language. In health class, a teacher tries to scare kids by exaggerating the negative effects of sexual activity and then passes out condoms. A woman who has had plastic surgery on her breast is oblivious to a dog chewing on it. Young girls wear revealing outfits, and teachers make out with students. In one disturbing scene, a teen girl lifts her top to a Girls Gone Wild video. Due to the bad language, sexual situations, teen partying and crude humor, it does not get the approval of Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (24) times mild (damn 2); moderate (boobs 2); strong (ass 6, bitch 10, SOB 2, slut 2)

Obscene Language: Few (2) times mild (pee 2)

Profanity: Many (12) times moderate (MG 4, OL 1, G 7)

Violence: Several times mild (shoving and pushing, mild fighting among large number of students); moderate (girl hit by school bus, three girls hit by a bus)

Sex: Few times mild (teacher kissing and holding a student, students kissing)

Nudity: Few times mild (woman removes sweater and pulls up shirt, revealing bra; hole cut in shirt revealing bra; Girls Gone Wild video playing on TV shows girls breasts but is censored by blurred image)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times mild (girl drinks punch, appears inebriated and then vomits; teacher is falsely accused of selling drugs)

Other: None

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Young Adults

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