SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT FOR THE CONCLUSION OF ‘MEAN GIRLS’!
Discussing about the film ‘Mean Girls’ is like discussing about the superficial high school world with its hidden messages about friendship, trust, cheating and conformities society wants to mold you. Here, I will be discussing about these motifs of ‘Mean Girls’ and why it’s so popular among almost everyone.
Before I begin, I will give a little background, as always, of this movie.
Cady (pronounced like Katy) Heron is a naive teenage girl who has lived in Africa her entire life with zoologist parents. Now, they feel the need for their daughter to socialize and be around kids her own age. On her first day of real high school, she sees how rude, disgusting and mean people really are compared to being in the savannah with wild animals and tribal people.
Over the course of the movie, you’ll see how she changes throughout the movie, physically and mentally, all while being pulled between two sides: her two friends Damien and Janis and the popular “Plastics” of the school: Gretchen, Karen “and the worst, Regina George.”
Her first few friends, Damien and Janis, walks her through high school and teaches her the normal high school ways, beginning with a compliment from Damien.
And Janis contributed by telling her where to avoid seats when Cady needed to find a seat and she also gave her a map of the school and the tables inside the cafeteria. The map is an example of Janis’ kindness to show Cady how to begin her first day without embarrassing herself since coming from a foreign country can lead her to
On the other hand, the Plastics who are again Gretchen, Karen and Regina, has given her some compliments from her appearance and her African bracelet which was “so fetch!”
Not to mention, they also invited her to sit with them during lunch every day for he rest of the week, taking her shopping and telling her some “girl” secrets and facts that they follow such as wearing pink on Wednesdays and wearing a ponytail once a week.
But if we compared the two groups of friends side by side and see their differences alike, we could definitely infer they’ve chosen to talk to Cady and become friends with her based on her looks. As you can tell, the compliments and invitation to become part of their group came from the fact Cady is very pretty and has some qualities that they decided to take notice of. However, Damien and Janis helped her figure her way through school while the Plastics has helped her achieve the image of being a pretty and fun girl, a Plastic.
Between the two groups of friends, we can compare each other of how useful they were helping her around school. Janis and Damien helped Cady around school by showing her the normal ways of a student while the Plastics led her through being a more prettier and popular girl like the Plastics themselves.