April 30th, 2004 was the theatrical release date of Mean Girls
, a film that has reached cult status over the years. In anticipation of the movie's 10-Year Anniversary, thousands of the Mean Girls
faithful have been clamoring for a reunion. The fact that this teen comedy has endured through the years is a real testament to its strengths. A clever dissection of the politics and power moves between popular high school girls, the movie is effective thanks to a solid screenplay by Tina Fey and pitch-perfect performances by Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan and Amanda Seyfried.
And of course, there is very cool music in this movie.
The Mean Girls
soundtrack has some authenticity about itself because it contains the kind music that high-school girls in the mid-2000's would actually like. From pop stars like Pink and Christina Aguilera to more underground musicians like Peaches and Orbital, and everything in between.
Some of the song selections were no-brainers. Kelis' "Milkshake"
- the euphemistic jam in which she sings about how her "milkshake brings all the boys to the yard" - practically demands that it be used in a school setting. Beyonce's "Naughty Girl" was also fit for a film about girls who are, so to speak, naughty.
There are several "girlfight" songs that capture the rivalries between the characters. "Mean Gurl" by Gina and Gabriel Rene and "Hated" by Nikki Cleary are deliberately nasty in nature. The best of the bunch is "Rip Her to Shreds" by Boomkat, a cover of a hit by Blondie
(a band that also appears on the soundtrack with their classic "One Way or Another"
One of the memorable scenes from the movie was the Winter Talent Show, where The Plastics dance (and later sing) to "Jingle Bell Rock."
So inappropriate, and yet so funny!
Some of the songs in the film are among my personal favorites by the artists. Joe Budden's "Fire," with Busta Rhymes, is hot as fire. The relentless bass and hand claps on Missy Elliot's "Pass the Dutch"
makes it among my all-time favorite party beats. And then there is Orbital's "Halcyon + On + On" which cues during the final scene. Quite simply, it's a masterpiece.
Ten years back, I never would have imagined that this movie would last the way it has. But then again, the themes of cliquishness and high-school hierarchies are eternal, thus it speaks to all generations. What more can be said? The movie is so fetch.
And always remember: On Wednesday, wear pink.