Friday, May 2, 2014

The Best Movie I Saw This Week: Mean Girls

This week has been lighter than usual but thanks to a 10th anniversary, I rewatched a modern masterpiece: Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004). The movie has been everywhere around the internet this past week (I especially liked this article by The Playlist) and with good reason. Other than in what concers Regina's flare jeans, it has not aged a day.

First things first, it is still tremendously funny. Basically, every line is quotable on an everyday basis. As it has been ponted out, its humour is not based on references but has a more timeless quality about it and that is why it endures today. 
Also, all performances are on point, which is not always the case in this kind of film (e.g. What was going on with Lisa Kudrow in Easy A (Will Gluck, 2010)?). But, of course, some sort of ranking is mandatory and Rachel McAdams as Regina George is queen bee in that aspect too. She should have been nominated for an Oscar (and probably win, if it wasn't for Natalie Portman's category fraud in Closer (Mike Nichols, 2004)). The way she times every aggresive smile is just perfect. On second place I would put Amanda Seyfried's Karen because she manages to layer the character that, on paper, might have been the simplest one. Seyfried's Karen is not just dumb, although she is very dumb. Third place would be Amy Poehler who is simply better at everything than the rest of humans (I already love her in the trailer for They Came Together (David Wain, 2014)). It would be so awesome to reunite her and McAdams as mother-daughter in a comedy. Then, I would mention Lizzy Caplan as Janis because it is something very different than what she does today. The rest of the cast is also very good and it is a movie where even the extras with just a line are funny.
In a word, this movie is so fetch.

Other films I watched this week:

OSS 117: Le Caire, Nid d'Espions (Michel Hazanavicius, 2006)
La Vida Inesperada (Jorge Torregrossa, 2014)
Mogari No Mori (Naomi Kawase, 2007)
That Awkward Moment (Tom Gormican, 2014)

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