Picture from Mean Girls
Overall C-

Navigating the minefield of high school can be a tricky business at the best of times. But for Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), being a new kid at North Shore High makes it all the harder. But when she finds the natives to be a hostile group of Mean Girls, she plots her own retaliatory bullying tactics.

Violence C
Sexual Content C-
Profanity D+
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying

Talk to your kids about…

Mean Girls

Based on the bestseller, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, the smart and matter-of-fact script addresses the unkind realities teens often have to face, including cliques, bullying, graphic sexual conversations, name calling and the spread of unfounded rumors.  Although cliques are often maligned, why are they so common, especially in school settings? Are there any advantages to belonging to a group?

How do the girls’ interactions with one another differ from the boys? How does Regina maintain her position of power among her friends and in the school? What elements or personal traits contribute to her popularity?

Girl empowerment, often portrayed as increased sexuality and crudeness, is a prevalent theme in much of entertainment today. Despite that, what game does Cady play to win Aaron’s attention? What qualities do you think portray real strength in female characters?