Mean Girls is turning 10 this month, and in the decade since being released its growing legion of fans have finally made fetch happen.
Mean Girls told the story of Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) as she navigated a cutthroat high school landscape. Opening in 2004 to tepid reviews and so-so box office numbers, the movie has taken on a second life in the last 10 years, spawning a number of catch phrases and taking on a space well beyond the teen movie genre.
Critics believe the expanded popularity of Mean Girls lies in the script crafted by Tina Fey, as well as its accessibility.
“[T[he film’s longevity extends beyond its script,” noted Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast. “It has to do with the fact that, for the first time, Hollywood gave us a high school movie we could identify with. It was fun to scoff ‘as if’ and fantasize about Cher Horowitz’s wardrobe, but could any of us really relate to Clueless? And, while we’ve all had revenge fantasies, it’s not like we’ve carried them out to the point of murder, like in Heathers. And, certainly, a look back at those two films prove how dated they’ve become.”
But even 10 years after its release, Mean Girls remains very popular among fans. Fans have clamored for a sequel (ignoring the 2011 movie Mean Girls 2, a made-for-television movie that did not involve Tina Fey and is generally forgotten by fans), and though she dashed their hopes, Fey has given hope of some kind of reunion.
“We’re coming up next month on the 10-year anniversary of the original movie. I can’t believe it either. We’re going to see if there’s any way to get everyone together, but not a movie, sadly. We’re all past high school age,” Tina told Extra TV.
Some of the film’s other stars have weighed in as well. When Lindsay Lohan appeared on The Tonight Show to promote her new OWN series, the discussion turned to Mean Girls and Lohan said the cast may be getting back together sometime in the future.
“This is important. This needs to happen,” Lohan said.
Fans of Mean Girls certainly hope it happens as well.