'Mean Girls' (2004)

This satire of high school cliques, written by Tina Fey, has a black comedy, as Cady (Linsay Lohan) begins as a well-meaning 16-year-old eventually ensnared in revenge plots and soon obsessed with image. She turns her back on her friend Janis (Lizzy Caplan), who is a school outcast after false rumors spread by Regina (Rachel McAdams) had the high school world believing she was a lesbian. The idea of someone attracted to members of the same sex is prime material for ridicule, and as Cady tries to get back at Regina, she ultimately grows as shallow and pathetic as Regina, believing it the easier path. Only a tragedy puts everything in perspective, allowing Cady to see that being a woman is far more than fashion and popularity.
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