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Why We Still Watch 'Mean Girls' A Decade Later

Dale Chong |
April 30, 2014 | 2:23 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

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Ten years ago this day, the once-homeschooled, fresh-from-Africa Cady Heron walked into the halls of a public school to realize that high school just as wild as what she knew, and it was all about survival of the fittest. One decade later and girls and boys alike are still quoting "Mean Girls" and referencing some of its greatest moments. There's no doubt about it, "Mean Girls" continues to be extremely relevant to the lives of this generation.

Tina Fey's timeless high-school comedy embraces and and exaggerates the clichés of high school. Everyone can relate at least a little to the lunch table map drawn out by Janis Ian (looking at you, Sexually Active Band Geeks and Cool Asians).

Of course, there was always the "popular" clique, where at least one Regina George of every school reigned as Queen Bee. While girls may not have been plotting against their own Regina George (real-life sweetheart Rachel McAdams), there was always the unsaid rumors fluttering around in the metaphorical "Burn Book." Ever since the movie was released, we've all known at least one person we sort of hope gets hit by a bus.

READ MORE: The 21 Best 'Mean Girls' Quotes

In a sense, "Mean Girls" acts as a social commentary on what life is like in high school and perhaps even life. With the separation between the Mathletes and the Plastics, we see Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) climb her way up the food chain, and fall on her face when everyone sees through her antics.

Not to mention that the film is filled with an amazing screenplay that left everyone quoting the best lines in the most relevant moments. Every Christmas when candy canes are passed out, you can bet there's a "Glen Coco" sitting somewhere in that classroom.

But what truly makes "Mean Girls" so relevant today? It teaches the young generation life lessons, does it not? Towards the end where the girls are making their confessions to each other, we learn that things can be handled a lot more smoothly when we just let all of our aggressions out in the open (even if Gretchen Weiners apologizes for being popular).

In "Mean Girls" we saw a killer cast exemplify and amplify the life of trying to get into the "in-crowd," with its highly quotable script and even the deeper meanings of the movie. "Mean Girls" defined a generation, and with no doubt will live on. If anything, October 3rd will forever be an important day in history.


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