Mean Girls directed by Mark Waters

220px-Mean_Girls_movieTitle: Mean Girls

Director: Mark Waters

Screen Writer: Tina Fey

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: 2004

Genre: Comedy

Interest Age: 15-18

Plot Summary: Cady Heron has been homeschooled most of her life in the African bush country by her zoologist parents until they decide to move back to America and admit her into a public high school. She will soon find out that high school is a lot like wilderness where she can apply the concept “survival of the fittest.” Luckily she is able to make a few friends from the not-so-popular crowd, which consists of a serious mannered gothic girl (Janis) and her witty comedic friend who is “too gay to function” (Damian) – which is only okay to say when Janis says it. Her new companions teach her all about the different cliques in the high school setting, from the sexually active band geeks to the varsity jocks. But the one clique that Cady should stay away from is the Plastics – a group that is the most exclusive and most harsh. Janis conjures up a plan to get revenge on the leader of the group, Regina the queen bee, by using Cady to infiltrate the Plastics once she’s invited to hang out with them.

Critical Evaluation: There a few elements in this movie that significantly stand out to viewers. The narration of this film is very well written and is executed well via Lindsay Lohan’s voice with straight forward simple narration for the audience to easily understand what she is explaining. The plot of the movie is very well thought out with the incorporating conflicts (such as bullying and rumors spreading throughout the school) that many high school viewers can easily relate to and understand how certain people can be in high school when it comes to popularity. The main element in the movie that is important to note is Cady’s character development. Her transitioning from the African desert to the socially structured high school, allows her to learn more about what it’s like to be a mean girl and she also understands on how to mend the problems that she encounters.

Reader’s Annotation: Growing up in the wilderness of Africa can be quite scary learning how to survive is very important. Cady must put her knowledge to the test in a whole new world – high school.

Curriculum Ties: Bullying

Challenging Issues:

  • Sexual content
  • Language

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.
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