It’s Time to Move On From ‘Mean Girls’

Look, I adore Tina Fey. And Rachel McAdams. And old Lindsay Lohan. Everything about Mean Girls, which turns 10 this year, is golden, memorable and hilarious. But there’s no way to ruin a good thing quite like beating it to death, and we’ve let the Internet get away with this for way too long.

There’s so much to love about Mean Girls, and given the fact that it represents the last time Lindsay Lohan was okay in the public eye, I see why people continue clinging to the dazzling natural redhead who first charmed the world in Parent Trap. The comedy also introduced us to Rachel McAdams, an actress who’d go on to star in another instant classic, The Notebook, among others. Tina Fey took the entertainment world by storm and became a legend, and ’90s celebrity Lacey Chabert was able to make a comeback through Mean Girls. In a business where many projects flop and can destroy an otherwise promising person’s career, Mean Girls stood out and resonated with viewers for years. As much as I appreciate all it did for the performers and fans, it’s tiring to still see so much Mean Girls-related content online, especially with dozens of new movies and TV shows that are relevant, fresh and more deserving of our time and interest.

I can always browse the Internet and find an absurd amount of articles on all-things Mean Girls: 22 Things You Never Knew About Mean Girls, 10 Important Feminist Lessons We Learned From Mean Girls, Which Mean Girls Character Are You?, Mean Girls Valentine’s Day Cards For the Fetchest Losers in Your Heart, Can You Guess Mean Girls Lines From Just a Freeze Frame?, and Mean Girls Director Spills 10 Juicy Stories 10 Years Later, to list just a couple from the last year. It’s funny, but it feels excessive for a flick that hit theaters in 2004.

It’s not unusual to praise cinematic masterpieces years and years after their release. Mean Girls remains timely now that the nation recently decided to pay attention to bullying and acknowledge that people can be really awful in high school, but that’s not the reason specific individuals just can’t let go of this franchise. A significant part of the issue is our generation’s nostalgia obsession. As my friend and former colleague Matthew Rozsa explained in a recent article on millennials’ constant need to live in the past, “The generation that lived through the Great Depression at least had the social experimental creativity of the New Deal era, the foreign crusades of World War II, the rebellion of the ’60s and the Cold War to give them a greater sense of purpose. We, meanwhile, have been left with a suspicious global mission and domestic gridlock. With nothing of central purpose in our world, we’ve retreated to a childhood universe that spoke only in promises.”

In terms of media, we have a lot of exceptional content to look forward to and enjoy. It’s the Golden Age of TV, Oscar season is truly impressive this year and there are countless high qualities web series to watch if you lack the funds or interest in traditional television. With the exception of the Academy Awards®, none of the above was around in 2004, and maybe that’s why Mean Girls was so cherished back then. Even so, times have changed and there’s a lot more to be excited about than a film that reduces teens to female stereotypes and fails to consider the fact that boys can be bullies in high school too.

Mean Girls will go down in movie history as a coming of age classic, so let it be for a while. Stop writing about how awesome it is every single week. Allow others to miss it so when the 20-year release anniversary comes around, we won’t still be reading about and quoting from it on a daily basis. To paraphrase Regina George, “Stop trying to make Mean Girls happen …. It’s not going to happen” … in 2014.

Are you over Mean Girls too? Let me know either way in the comments section.

Featured image via WetPaint

  • Gina Vaynshteyn

    Honestly, we just really need to bring back ‘Heathers’.

    • Laura Donovan

      You said it, sister!

    • ReAune Small


  • Haley Jade Doland

    you can’t sit with us.

    • Kelly Grow

      hahahahaha “you cant sit with us.” also a big YES to bringing back “heathers”. soooooo classic.

  • Angelissa Cassiani

    I totally agree with this. I think Mean Girls quotes have been exhausted. They’re still occasionally fun to use in conversation, but for the most part, they’re a bit blah now, and most importantly, overused.

  • I Eat Champions For Breakfast

    I’m surprised no one has attacked this yet. I am down with the giving it a rest on mean girls nostalgia, but I think it’s just one of those movies that people of a wide age range know by heart and can relate to each other with. a 27yr old and a 12yr old can find common ground easily with mean girls quotes. it reminds me of how long clueless mania lasted, and that was before the internet was even around to murder everything good. it’s rare that a high school movie is so good that it reaches a multitude of demographics, and even more so when the cast is predominantly female. if there is a new one that’s good I don’t know about it because I’m an old. I really do wish more heathers memes & fan graphics existed though. now that it is the tenth year we are likely to see a decline in its phenomenon. really we just need many, many more female youth centered films and we aren’t getting them, so it’s causing everyone to put all their stock and identity into the one good one we had in the last decade. I would still buy a you go glen coco shirt if I saw one in a store, though. I don’t even like words on shirts either, nor do I consider myself a huge fan of the movie itself, but seeing a photo of the infamous quote for sale on clothing made me seriously consider typing my credit card and shipping info just the other day. I would probably do the same for a shirt that says something like “that’s so very.” whoever said bring back heathers is a genius, dude.

  • LaTonya Roberts

    Mean Girls will never stop happening. And I like it that way.

  • Trisha Terrace

    Boo, you whore! Hehe sorry I couldn’t help myself. I will never stop quoting Mean Girls. It’s never gonna happen.

  • Annita Velasque

    You forgot to mention Amanda Seyfried, who also became pretty big in the movie scene after Mean Girls! And she was so good in it, that it took me a while to recognize her when watching “Letters to Juliet” and “Mamma Mia”. :)

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