"Mean Girls" is a 2024 American musical teen comedy film directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. (in their feature directorial debuts), from a screenplay by Tina Fey. It is based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Mark Waters's 2004 comedy film, both written by Fey and based on Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 book "Queen Bees and Wannabes". It stars Angourie Rice, Auli'i Cravalho, and Christopher Briney, with Reneé Rapp reprising her role from the stage musical, while Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles from the original film.
Paramount Pictures announced the film's development in January 2020, with Fey returning to write the screenplay and serve as a producer alongside Lorne Michaels, who produced the 2004 film. Composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin returned to rework their songs from the stage musical, while Richmond also composed the film's score. Casting began in December 2022. Principal photography took place in New Jersey between March and April 2023. The film was originally set to premiere on the streaming service Paramount+, but in September 2023, the distributor opted to release the film theatrically first after the film received positive test scores.
"Mean Girls" premiered in New York City on January 8, 2024, and was theatrically released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2024.
In the film "Mean Girls", 16 year-old homeschooled Cady Heron moves back to the United States from Kenya with her mother and attends North Shore High School. Cady befriends outsiders Janis 'Imi'ike and Damian Hubbard, who introduce her to the various cliques, and warn her to avoid the Plastics, who consist of the doubtful Gretchen Wieners, unintelligent Karen Shetty, and "queen bee" Regina George. Regina invites Cady to join the Plastics. Janis uses this as an opportunity to convince Cady to infiltrate the group for her. Within a pivotal moment of the film, Shefik appears as Parent, along with other parents, teachers, and students.
Additionally, Jon Hamm plays Coach Carr (the school's physical education teacher), while Ashley Park, who previously originated the role of Gretchen in the stage musical, appears as Madame Park (the school French teacher). Connor Ratliff portrays Mr. Rapp (the school literature teacher).
Lindsay Lohan, who played Cady Heron in the 2004 film, makes a cameo as the moderator of the mathematics competition, while Megan Thee Stallion appears as herself during the social media montages.
The film's soundtrack was released by Interscope Records. The album features 12 musical numbers from the film, and the track "Not My Fault" by Rapp and Megan Thee Stallion.
- Director: Samantha Jayne
- Director: Arturo Perez Jr.
- Parent: Shefik
Last Updated: January 14, 2024