Monday, October 26, 2015

Mean Girls Blog Task


1. Research the careers of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Understand what they usually do with/through their art (especially Mean Girls). They're really trying to educate us all while entertaining us.

2. Read two smart reviews online (similar to this link, but not using this exact link) of Mean Girls. Write 300+ words summary and response to these two reviews. Give credit to the writers of these two reviews, as well.

Google search "Mean Girls" with the words "analysis" or "critical review" or "feminism" or "theory" to find smart reviews.

20 comments:

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  2. The review I read mentioned about how the students act like animals in the jungle which references from where Cady came from. This also talks about the innocence of Cady when she goes into school because she was homeschooled her entire life and she reacts way differently to situations that others may react differently to. The article also talks about how the movie did a good job on making us “not” hate the plastics even though you would think that they would try to do that throughout the movie about high school and trying to fit in. The author says they are “Delightfully Mean”. David Edelstein http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2004/04/female_trouble.html

    Throughout the movie Regina struggles with trying to lose weight and I think that references to so many people in high school struggling being comfortable with there body image. With the feel that the skinnier they are the better they are and then they have more of a right to make fun of others. Even still in the first scene when they’re in Regina's room and they are in front of the mirror they are obviously beautiful women but yet they bash their own body by pointing out all of their flaws. You can even see that Regina’s mother is insecure about her body no doubt by the intimidation of Regina, You can tell this by her mother's “rock hard implants” and when they entered Regina's room and said that she made her parents give it to her.
    There was no named Author but i'll put the link down.
    http://yacantsitwithus.weebly.com/hot-body.html


    Keaton Leopold

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  3. frearson
    Ross nolan feels that this movie is really good and funny. He thinks and cady is instantly likeable. Cady is cute and very funny. He thinks tina fey is cute also. he thinks that Regina George is cute and meats every form of a high school tyrant. He thinks that gretchen is a spoiled brat. Ross points out the fact that regina will screw you over whenever she gets the chance. Ross says Gretchen herself, played by the delectable Lacey Chabert is a character of her own, not just a cardboard minion to follow orders. Neurotic, shallow, desperate, beautiful, loyal and rather uncertain she is perhaps the saddest and most sympathetic of the Plastics - a girl who certainly has the looks and money to make it to the top of the pyramid but who lacked the will or the certainty. Not a problem with Karen (Amanda Seyfried) who has an admirable certainty of herself and her abilities. In one of the films best lines after a telling off from Regina, Cady tries to comfort her.
    Cady: You're not stupid, Karen.

    To which Karen replies thoughtfully (without a hint of bitterness or anger):

    Karen: No, I am, actually. I'm failing everything.

    Indeed she is. Karen is an airhead, and if not actively proud of it, at least accepting. She doesn't seem cruel herself, possibly because she is simply too shallow and dense, but she doesn't seem a bad person. Which for the second minion (Gretchen outranks her) to the villainous is quite a remarkable achievement.

    I think ross has a good review and everything he says is accurate and i agree with ross.


    Christain makes a good point. Christain says that the story makes it sound like another generic teen film but this one is actually quite funny and realistic. The most cynical person will point out that this is a cheap rip off of Heathers and they are similar. While Heathers is a good movie, mean Girls is an even better movie. I think Mean Girls is very good for a number of reasons. First, the script is actually creative and smart. Tina Fey seems to understand that teens want comedies they can relate to and she did that with Mean Girls. Of course, there were a few lame scenes but nothing that kills the film. Tina Fey should leave SNL and focus on her career in movies.
    Christian Brings up a good point this movie is a lot better then it seems. A lot of thought went into this movie and he points that out.

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  4. Kennedy Jellis, pd. 4
    I really think the movie was awesome and the way the movie was made was great, it really did show how there are mean girls in every school, not just a couple. It breaks my heart that we do have mean girls and it breaks my heart that I was a mean girl at some point, I still can be a mean girl but it's only on the times that I need to be. I think mean girls was made in a different way than most mean girls live their lives. I don't think moms let their little daughters dance to a weird show. I was a mean girl at some point and my mom definitely didn’t let my little sister dance to weird shows. The girls who made the movie I thought were very creative with this, this made this movie of a starting out clique who only had three to the group and then a new girl comes to the school and bring her into the group and she really wasn’t suppose to join the group but she got to up in the group that everything that the girls were doing she was starting to do, they bullying, talking behind others back, acting different to her parents, failing school just to get a boy's attention. I think it was well made but maybe well too made, I think some things went too far, I’ve never seen a mean girl want to become so much like another person, I’ve never seen such an actual girl change so much for just a group. I’ve seen girls change for many things, but not for fake friends that really just want another mean girl. To be honest, I think the way the movie came out was great, I think everything that happened should have happened, it was almost like the directors were trying to accomplish that mean girls could and can end up becoming nice at the end. I think everyone can change for the better but you got to go through hell sometimes to get to the better. One of the things that the directors have said was that Lindsay Lohan didn't' want to play the lead, because Lindsay wanted to be a mean girl because she was really good at acting and liked to roles that Regina did, but nobody wanted to play against Lindsay so they had to have Lindsay play as Cady and Rachel played Regina.

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  5. Cady went to a new school and meet some friends and they told Cady to be friends with the plastics. Cady ended up going to far with it and forgot about her other friends. Cady was spost to make Gretchen be out of plastics. Was spost to make no one like her. Everyone started to like Cady. Cady starts doing bad on her math assignments so she can talk to a guy she has a crush on. So she asks him to go to her house to teach her how to do math. Then they kissed for the first time and the next day at school she finds out that is Gretchen's boyfriend. So Cady gets him to break up with Gretchen so Cady and he could date. Then Gretchen uses her notebook she had with alot of bad things on it about people and brings it to office saying its Cadys. Then they have to have a day talking about problems they have. Cady goes and tells everyone its her notebook so everyone doesn't get in trouble and she only does. She ends up dating that guy and getting her old friends back. Cady gave Gretchen chocolate bar things that made her gain weight but said its for her to lose weight. After she got Gretchen kicked out of the plastics Gretchen freaked out and caused a huge fight throughout the whole school. Cady threw a party and her geeky friends were not invited and Gretchen was not invited and they both found out and freaked out. So Gretchen walked in but her geek friends wouldn't go in. They thought she was throwing a party without them but she wanted them to go in. Then at the end of the movie Cady going back to the bathrooms and eating and she lost all of her friends because she went to far with being a plastic.

    Josten pd.4

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  6. Alex Whitlock PD.4
    This movie is about a girl that has been home schooled for her whole life. She was thrown into high school were everyone she meets is mean. She was friends with the art geeks and that plastics wanted her to join them in there clique she then went to her friends and they told her to join them and spy on them. she does join them and finds them mean. she falls in love with a guy in her math class that she is told she cant date because its one of the plastics ex-boyfriend. She ignores them and trys to go out with him. she tells the plastic that she likes him so the plastic tells her she will talk to get him to go out with her and at the Halloween party the plastic starts talking to him and she then starts making fun of her telling him that shes dumb or slow and that he shouldn't make fun her. The plastic then starts making out with him and she sees that and it makes her mad. She then leaves the party crying and goes back to her art friends telling them what happends they tell her that she should stay with them and not let it get to her and get revenge.

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  7. frearson
    Ross nolan feels that this movie is really good and funny. He thinks and cady is instantly likeable. Cady is cute and very funny. He thinks tina fey is cute also. he thinks that Regina George is cute and meats every form of a high school tyrant. He thinks that gretchen is a spoiled brat. Ross points out the fact that regina will screw you over whenever she gets the chance. Ross says Gretchen herself, played by the delectable Lacey Chabert is a character of her own not just a cardboard minion to follow orders. Neurotic shallow desperate beautiful loyal and rather uncertain she is perhaps the saddest and most sympathetic of the Plastics a girl who certainly has the looks and money to make it to the top of the pyramid but who lacked the will or the certainty. Not a problem with Karen who has an admirable certainty of herself and her abilities. In one of the films best lines after a telling off from Regina, Cady tries to comfort her.
    Cady: You're not stupid Karen.

    To which Karen replies with:

    Karen: No I am actually. I'm failing everything.

    Indeed she is. Karen is an airhead and if not actively proud of it, at least accepting. She doesn't seem cruel herself possibly because she is simply too shallow and dense but she doesnt seem a bad person. Which for the second minion to the villainous is quite a remarkable achievement.

    I think ross has a good review and everything he says is accurate and i agree with ross.


    Christain makes a good point. Christain says that the story makes it sound like another generic teen film but this one is actually quite funny and realistic. The most cynical person will point out that this is a cheap rip off of Heathers and they are similar. While Heathers is a good movie, mean Girls is an even better movie. I think Mean Girls is very good for a number of reasons. First the script is actually creative and smart. Tina Fey seems to understand that teens want comedies they can relate to and she did that with Mean Girls. Of course, there were a few lame scenes but nothing that kills the film. Tina Fey should leave SNL and focus on her career in movies.
    Christian Brings up a good point this movie is a lot better then it seems. A lot of thought went into this movie and he points that out.

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  8. Collin L.

    Elizabeth Stamatina or Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, for creating acclaimed series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–present), and films such as Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, and Muppet's Most Wanted.Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer, and writer. She moved to Chicago in 1993 to study improv at The Second City and Improv Olympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which later developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons. She was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in 1999. Roger Ebert wrote a review on mean girls and called it a movie thats in a wasteland of dumb teen movies but this one is smart and funny. Nell Minow said Screen writer Tina Fey, who appears as a sympathetic teacher, has a good sense of how girls like Regina operate to establish their domination, appearing to be sweet and supportive but in reality being competitive, duplicitous and manipulative, and always surrounding themselves with people who will add to their power and not challenge them. And Fey's superb sense of comedy gives the script has some biting humor. Her Saturday Night Live colleagues lend support to the cast, with Tim Meadows as the school principal, Ana Gasteyer as Cady's mother, and Amy Poehler superb as Regina's mother, who insists, "I'm not like a regular mom; I'm a cool mom!". I agree with this review and think everything he said is true. He is pretty much saying that the plastics are people that want to be at the top and no one messing with them.

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  9. 1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are both actresses, Tina Fey is a screenwriter, television producer, and comedian. Amy is also a comedian.

    2.Roger Ebert said that this movie is representing the real world in high school. I completely agree with him there's so many groups in high school it’s not funny it get’s worse in the bigger schools. There are also representing how much girls talk behind each other’s back’s. It also proves that when a kid comes from homeschooling they view the world in a whole different world.
    Flory

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  10. Tina Fey started on Saturday night live in 1995 and then she made her appearance on Jimmy Fallon. Tina Fey now has been in many movies since 1995 the list goes on and on the message she is trying to send is that you don't need to try and be someone you not just to impress your friends they should like you for you and If they are truly your friends then they will like you for you and won't make you try and be somebody you are not.Amy Poehler has many TV shows and has been in the good movies including the one we are studying in class "Mean Girls" she plays the mom who in reality is not even a good mom she gives no rules and she does not care so she is trying to explain that you need to love your mom cause there are some moms that do not care at.The washington post says that the movie is well acted and good at getting the message across to the viewers. The Usa Today says” the movie has the same message and directed like the old 1995 movie Clueless”.The Rolling stones say “the movie has the same cast and directed like freaky-friday”The Boston Globe says that the movie is good at explaining girls and drama.There are so many good reviews so overall people think the movie is good.

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  11. Task #1
    With my understanding of this movie and these two actress Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. They both have an interest in entertaining their audience through a bunch of different ways. Tina, is an actor, writer, and also a comedian. Amy, is also an actor, writer, and also a comedian. They both are really good at making this movie funny but effective in a way not all but some could get something from this movie “Mean Girls”. I feel like this movie is trying to tell you something, this movie is trying to show you that it’s not right for someone of any gender to tell you in any way how to live your life. Also this movie shows you that you should never start rumors true or not, you shouldn’t do it because, it could literally ruin someone’s life.

    Task #2
    The first review that I read was this person basically saying what was happening during the movie and how they just loved the movie and everything about it was true. Well I’m here to say that everything in this movie is not true about every single high school. Yes schools have the jocks and the weirdo’s and what not but yes they’re little cliques like that but no people do not write about others in books and put pictures of the people they make fun of. Out of the 4 years of my high school career I’ve never heard about anyone doing something so stupid like that.
    The second review that I read was that the person thought the movie just wasn’t very good. I would have to disagree with this statement, just for the fact that this movie show’s a lot of true things as in the bullying that takes place, as in people making fun of other, people start rumors about others just because they don’t like them. Which if you ask me that is very rude and kind of disrespectful for someone to do to others.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377092/reviews?start=40
    Harris

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  12. A review on IMDb by P-kin3 talked about how this movie can be enjoyed thoroughly by not just the target audience, which are teens, but adults as well. The author also talks about how the ridiculousness and over exaggeration of high school is what helped made the comedy succeed. I agree that this is in over exaggeration because almost everything shown in that movie doesn’t occur here. I overall enjoyed the movie because of how ridiculous it is. Another of Mean Girls is by Boyan Kelchev, he talks about how if he didn’t appreciate the movie as much as he did seeing it the first time from the second time. Boyan mentions that he noticed a lot more information and realized the metaphors and how this movie magnifies the downsides of female friends and the “drama” or emotions associated with them. I believe that this movie is highly exaggerated but sometimes I can notice that the females tend to solve arguments with verbal solutions and that sometimes means backstabbing. Cady backstabbed Regina by pretending to be her friend and once she found out that Cady has been ruining her life with Kelteen bars and causing her boyfriend to dump her, she frames Cady by putting herself in the burn book, planting it inside the school, and claims that she found it and mentions that it could only be one of the plastics. It is a common stereotype that this is how females settle disagreements and this movie brings the comedy aspect into it and that is what makes this film enjoyable. Overall this movie for me was more enjoyable viewing it this time compared to when I first watched it when I was too young to understand what was going on.

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  13. Hodkinson

    1. Tina is the math teacher and she had good morals. She talked to the girls and wanted to help the girls and see if it will make them get along. Amy is the mother and she had bad morals and didn't have any rules for the girls when they were at her house.

    2. http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0430/p14s02-almo.html David Sterritt,
    David doesn't feel that it is a good movie,because he thought it was too long of a movie and was going on about stereotypes that didn't need to be talked about that much.

    http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mean-girls-2004 Roger Ebert

    Roger believes that mean girls is smart and funny.

    I think the movie is the same as losts of schools. They have cliques just likes of the schools. I try to stay out of all the nonsense. Try to get along with everybody. The movie has to much cruelty.try to make as many freinds as possible. Try to stay away from all the mean people. The movie is a grate lesson for all of us. shows us how awful we can be to people.

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  14. 1.Tina Fey is actress, a comedian, writer and producer. Amy Poehler is an actress, author of part-memoir and part-advice. They are trying show us that high school girls that try to act popular are going to get bad things against them. They will be hated and nobody will like them. That is what they are showing us. Tina Fey was the math teacher and Amy was the mom that didn't care.
    2.USA Today Mike clark Mean girls has the same fanatically dead-on tone as the 1995 high-school comedy "clueless" without the sweetness because, hey, these snits are mean. I agree because clueless is just like mean girls because they have the same characteristics and some what the same people play the same parts.
    3.Mean girls dissects high school society with a lot of observant detail, which seem surprisingly well-informed. The screenplay by "Saturday Night live's Tina fey is both a comic and sociological achievement.
    4. I really enjoyed this movie and I think it showed something to everybody in the class. WOJ

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  15. According to this article Lindsay Lohan had the best role she had in a long time. They also think that LiLo’s is the weakest one in the movie.
    http://foreveryoungadult.com/2014/11/13/a-highly-scientific-analysis-of-mean-girls/
    Ebert thinks that this is a smart and funny movie. He thinks that geeks are more fun than queen bees.
    http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mean-girls-2004

    I think that Mean Girls is to mean it is not true it is all fake and that they were trying way too hard. I think if they would not of tried as hard on this movie than they would have made way more movies after Mean Girls 2. Most girls and boys aren’t homeschooled their entire life. They are usually homeschooled till like middle school. Most people would ask to go to the restroom or sign your planner. Cady should have be told the rules the first day like most schools would tell their students on the first day of school. In the movie she is being pushed around in school but in real life you don’t get pushed around. If you would miss school you get detention or iss or oss or Saturday school. Most schools do have talent shows but they do have dress codes and if you are wearing something inappropriate then you can’t perform in the show. In the movie they could wear anything. Most moms would be very upset and ashamed of their daughters, but in the movie the mom was very happy for her and loved what she was doing. High school in real life there is no such thing of a burn book people have their clicks yes but we don’t talk crap about other ones. In the movie they had a burn book and they talked so much crap about each other it was unreal.
    https://medium.com/@visakanv/an-analysis-of-power-in-mean-girls-a55c6dff0884#.zhya5quoc

    Buthe

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  16. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was the screenwriter of the movie of Mean Girls I think it was a good movie because it showed how we should treat each other. How to respect people and be who you are. They are trying to entertain us by showing us how we treat people in this generation.
    Amy Poehler was the mom to Regina and she was a laid back mom she would let her daughter was wants. My mom would very mad at me if I did the things that she did.
    I would be in jail and probably at a boot camp.
    Robert said he didn't like that movie because it would be a bad influence on kids this generation. Tina and Amy are really good actresses.
    Morgan Rolfson

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  17. In this movie, Tina Fey wants to make notice of the way girls act and the way girls commonly often have cliques and their own groups that they hang out with. She wants people to observe human behavior among the young teenagers and the what they say, and how it affects on others and that one person is not everything. The best way Fey could portray and show how different girls and groups are among teenagers, is to start it off with a girl that has never experienced the high school life. The first friends that she meets instantly start to explain to her the different groups during lunch. She cliques with them right away and then at lunch, walking to her table, the “Plastics” approach her and ask her to sit at her table. This is where it begins, where girls start clique, revenge is the goal, “sluts” are roaming the halls, and girls are going “crazy”. Fey shows throughout the movie that with most girls you will find them with a certain friend group, and among their groups similar interests in music, fashion, cars, ect. No matter what, there will always be someone judging you or hating on you for almost anything and everything. Girls tend to be a lot more like this too, and that is why the movie is mostly based on girls and mostly girls acting.

    I do agree with this review because the movie shows what “girl world” is and how girls act. I think it was a great idea to show a girl coming from Africa that has never been to a normal school before, what it would be like for a person in that situation.
    VanDeMore

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  18. Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer born on May 18, 1970, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. She is best known for her work on NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (1998-2006), for creating acclaimed series 30 Rock (2006-2013) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-Present) and films such as Mean Girls (2004), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), and Muppets Most Wanted (2014). Amy Poehler is an American Actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer, and writer born on September 16, 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts. She moved to Chicago in 1993 to study improv at the Second City and Improv Olympic. She Moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade in 1996, which later developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons.
    It opens on the new girl and her first day of school. Cady (Lindsay Lohan) has been living in Africa, which as we all know is really a much more sanitized version of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Now her family has moved back to America and she's forced to make the transition from lifelong home schooling to a public high school riddled with cliques and teenager cliche's. At first she's ostracized and thus makes friends with a pair of castoffs who've fallen prey to the school's most powerful clique "The Plastics". "The Plastics" are shallow hot chicks who follow the lead of the sexiest girl in school, Regina George (Rachel McAdams).
    Joshua Tyler
    http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Mean-Girls-502.html

    Godwin

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  19. Tina Fey is the math teacher. She's to help the girl be nice. Amy Poehler is the mother. She don't care what the girls do. She supports them and lets them do what they want.
    Rolling stones by Peter Travers don't really care for the movie. Because the plot is flimsy. USA Today by Mark Clark thinks its clueless. I don't really like the movie cause i'm don't really like girly movie like that.

    Stoltenburg

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  20. Amy Fuller and Tina Fey were trying to show kids how stupid it is to act like that. No one is better than anyone no matter what they do. Everyone is equal and unique in their own way. Maybe Tina fey and Amy Fuller were trying to make the “popular” kids look embarrassing because even though they are idolized they aren’t that cool if you realize they are not only fake to others but their own friends. They were trying to show that smart is cool and that if you are true to everyone you’ll be respected more. Robert Ebert thinks that the message basically was to live your life everyday as if you might be suddenly hit by a school bus. and that the movie is trying to break the culture between cliques. Also portraying the geeks as more fun than the queen bees as Robert put it. He also believes it shows that you are happier being yourself than you would other people. Annah Peacham thought it was a movie where the you usually only hang out with the people you are most like. The fat hang with the fat. The asians hang out with the asians. The fake popular girls hang out with the fake popular girls. Mostly your stereotypical groups. Basically what they were both putting together was that groups don’t have to define who you are. Just because you like certain things or are a certain way doesn’t mean you are labeled just by that. You are different from everyone no matter how much you have in common. Habits to rub off though so be aware of your surroundings and just be you. Not everyone will accept you but you do not need everyone’s acceptance. The right people will find their way to you or even back to you. Just worry about you and improving yourself before pointing fingers at others. Perfection is an illusion.

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