Review: Mean Girls (2004)

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“Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Regina George?”
– Mrs Norbury

SYNOPSIS: Raised in African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron thinks she knows about survival of the fittest. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 16-year-old enters public high school for the first time and encounters psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today. – via IMDB

There were some real gems sprinkled throughout this movie.

The first major lesson that I learned from this.

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As someone who lives in South Africa, this is something that has happened before (sadly).

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Then there was irregardless…

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I totally understood Damian’s reaction here… though not for some stupid tiara… There are other things in life that incite this.

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There were some real pearls of wisdom in Mean Girls.

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Karen was just… so special…

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Damian provided me with quite a few good laughs.

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I don’t actually know what to say about this, but the logic here wasn’t flawed, it is something I have noticed…

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Janis and Damian rocked that prom look, I loved this scene!

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Kevin G was just… no…

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But he had his moments!

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How something really small can make someone so happy. I mean just look at Karen, who was so enthusiastic about Pink Wednesdays.

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Getting pregnant is the fastest, most surefire way of dying… effective immediately.

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People should be licensed to have kids…

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GRADE 7.5Mean Girls is one of those films that hold up well, even after all these years. This ended up on the “to watch” list for a girl’s night because of Tom’s review a while ago. Well, imagine my surprise seeing a healthy and pretty Lindsay Lohan on the screen… a girl that actually wasn’t useless! Also, a younger, meaner Rachel McAdams was also entertaining, and Amanda Seyfried was excellent as the seriously daft blonde friend. There was a lot going on in this movie in terms of realising how nasty girls are and how insanely cruel kids can be, and the ordeal that high school can become. It’s movies like this that remind me why I am so glad we wore uniforms to school every day… I mean really. I didn’t have to deal with certain things, but other things stayed typically high school, doesn’t matter where you go. I liked the message behind this movie, comedy as it is presented and all, it strives to tell us other things. As something that comes across as a serious chick flick, there are things here that the guy’s will enjoy too, even if it is just the girls being ridiculous and running around in minimal amounts of clothing. The humour in  here was spot on, and it’s a pretty fun movie overall. The camera work was good, and I liked the way the plot progressed. I gotta say, Janis and Cady need to learn a thing or two about taking an organisation down from the inside – foot cream is so not the way to go about that! Damian was one super cool character who just stole every moment he was on screen, and provided me with many giggles. There is plenty that I am sure most people will identify with in here. I had a laugh at some of the dialogue, and there is plenty that is rather quotable. Mean Girls was entertaining, one of those movies you can go back and watch once in a while and not be wasting your time.

Top Ten Actresses I Would Watch In Almost Anything

So when Abbi over at Where The Wild Things Are did her top ten list of actresses she would see in pretty much anything, that sparked a whole new thing on the blogosphere. Now, I am embarrassed to admit that I started this list soon after she did hers, and I just never got around to going back to it and finishing it up. I realised recently that now is the time to do that! Without further ado, I present to you my top ten actresses I would see in pretty much anything.

Emma Stone

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Where is the love: She is cute, she is smart, fun, and sexy and so normal, you cannot help but love the girl. She is down to earth, and not afraid of making a fool out of herself, and that is always cool.
Best role: Wichita in Zombieland (2009)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: The House Bunny (2008)

Angelina Jolie

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Where is the love: So many people complain about Angelina Jolie and I’ve never been able to understand it. She is exceptionally talented and wicked sexy, and works hard. She’s a (big) family woman, which is cool, yet she’s still grounded and out there. Plus she and Brad Pitt are just like the most gorgeous couple ever.
Best role: Uhm… this isn’t easy. I am going to go with Jane Smith in Mr & Mrs Smith (2005)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Marion Cotillard

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Where is the love: That voice, the way she carries herself, the distinct regal air, Marion Cotillard was destined to impress me. Not only that, she can handle herself in just about any role, but I must say that she excels at playing the slightly psychologically unstable.
Best role: Mallorie “Mal” Cobb in Inception (2010)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Taxi 2 (2000)

Eva Green

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Where is the love: Talented and beautiful, Eva Green brings it all to the table. Oozing style and sophistication, she is captivating on screen, always bringing that extra little something to a character, and she isn’t afraid to go wherever the character may take her, even when that is Ugliesville.
Best role: Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: The Dreamers (2003)

Jessica Lange

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Where is the love: Jessica Lange is just awesome. I really like her stuff, and I think she is mesmerising and she’s still got it going, even for her age. She dominates the screen whenever she is on, and can play anything from timid and quiet to in-your-face vixen.
Best role: Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Far North (1988)

Judi Dench

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Where is the love: Let’s be serious… Judi Dench is just so British, and she embraces it wholeheartedly. Tea and biscuits British, and above all else, she is a solid and entertaining actress. She can play a variety of roles across the board, ranging from comedy to hard-hitting, take-no-nonsense powerhouse performances such as M, she never fails to impress me.
Best role: M in any Bond film, but also Evelyn Greenslade in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

Carey Mulligan

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Where is the love: She is so cute and quiet, but can always deliver an understated but powerful portrayal of a character, and I like that talent.
Best role: Irene in Drive (2011)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

Helena Bonham Carter

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Where is the love: Ditzy, crazy, talented, striking? What’s not to love about Helena Bonham Carter? She embraces all her roles and lends them some of her quirkiness, and she is always just absolutely astounding to watch, no matter what role she is in. Something about her is just so inherently different.
Best role: Marla Singer in Fight Club (1997)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Dancing Queen (1993)

Mia Wasikowska

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Where is the love: Mia Wasikowska won me over with her portrayal of Bertha Minnix in Lawless (2012). After that, I kept my eyes open for her films because she is gifted and different, and brought something fresh and new to the screen (in my opinion). She has continued to churn out some consistently impressive work, and she has this air of innocence about her she can use to either define a character, or manipulate the audience with.
Best role: India Stoker in Stoker (2013)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Lens Love Story (2007)

Honourable Mentions:

Julianne Moore

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Where is the love: I love Moore for her consistency, and how much effort she puts into her roles. I like the way she has played such a variety of characters, and she has given each and every role her best.
Best role: Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Nine Months (1995)

Cate Blanchett

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Where is the love: Blanchett is so refreshing in her sense of uniqueness, and brings that to life on the screen with every role that she takes. She draws you in no matter what her role, and can play anything from elvish queens to folk rock stars.
Best role: Jade Quinn (Bob Dylan) in I’m Not There (2007)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Ponyo (2009)

Katharine Isabelle

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Where is the love: Katharine Isabelle is undoubtedly the horror queen (for me) and she dominates that role. Husky voice and those big green eyes, she was destined to rock any role thrown her way. She is a solid actress, never over the top, delivering just the right amount required for her performances, able to play weak or bitchy or in your face, Isabelle is very talented.
Best role: Mary Mason in American Mary (2012)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Cousins (1989) 

Mélanie Laurent

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Where is the love: French and proud about it, Laurent always manages to play a brooding yet strong woman, slightly different, always impressive.
Best role: Shosanna Dreyfus in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Rice Rhapsody (2004)

Vera Farmiga

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Where is the love: I think that Vera Farmiga is pretty underrated, and I like her. Very subtle, but she can totally rock her roles. I must say, she can get pretty creepy sometimes cause she can play cooked a little too well.
Best role: Norma Louise Bates in Bates Motel. Because really – she nails that performance each and every time. Slightly too realistic sometimes.
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: Breaking and Entering (2006)

Amanda Seyfried

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Where is the love: What I enjoy about Amanda Seyfried is that she’s a little different. I don’t know why she would appeal to me as an actress, but she does. I have enjoyed watching her play the super special and slow Karen in Mean Girls, and her general progression on to other roles, bigger, better, meatier, is something I have liked. She always does the best with what she has, and even when she is in a crappy movie, she always stands out.
Best role: Karen Smith in Mean Girls (2004)
The one even she couldn’t convince me to see: The Big Wedding (2013)

Review: Jennifer’s Body (2009)

“Hell is a teenage girl.”
– Needy Lesnicky

This is something that I watched a few months ago for the first time. I didn’t watch it when it came out as it did not really get huge coverage here, and I just never felt like seeing it any other day. Then I had one of my miraculous watch something, anything days. So it came to this…

Jennifer’s Body introduces us to what we, at first, think is a highly unlikely friendship: Needy Lipnicky (Amanda Seyfried) is quiet, smart (although not so much street smart) and nerdy. Her best friend is Jennifer Check (Megan Fox), a bitchy, self-centered and conceited cheerleader. One night when they go to a club so see some band, something awful happens to Jennifer after the building burns down: the band takes her away. Headed up by Nikolai Wolf (Adam Brody), they sacrifice their “virgin” for fame and fortune. However, Jennifer is not a virgin, and though the band gets their side of the deal, Jennifer rises with a new evil inside of her, and a definite appetite for blood.

Needy notices the distinct changes in Jennifer, and battles to reconcile this girl to the friend she is convinced that she lost after the club burned down. Students start dying off at an alarming rate, and Needy has to figure out what is going on and how to stop it in time before her long time boyfriend, Chip Dove (Johnny Simmons) gets dragged into the middle of it all.

Jennifer’s Body gets a 4/10. It was not a great movie at all. The dialogue was terrible, the punchlines badly delivered, and the acting was typical teenage horror movie: desperately lacking. The friendship that “doesn’t make sense” completely makes sense when you see what the movie is all about: the typical high school formula of one really hot girl and her definitely-not-on-par friend to compliment her wholly. The movie is just fine for if you, like me, wanted to just watch something to pass time, to be distracting. This is one of those cheesy movies that you just randomly maybe add to a very not-so-serious movie night with friends.