MeanGirls

Today in Movie History: April 30

The fallout of the #MeToo movement has painted a number of films in new and troubling light, as we grapple with the off-screen behavior of their creators. Mark Waters’ Mean Girls is a little different on that front. In and of itself, it’s a very funny look at high school cliques and the pressures to fit in, with a script by co-star Tina Fey and a host of strong performances from then-up-and-coming actors like Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. Nowadays, however, it’s best known as the peak of Lindsay Lohan’s career: the shining moment when we all thought she was going to be the next Jodie Foster. It didn’t turn out that way, and today the film — through no fault of its own — is largely a reminder of a talented woman who literally imploded before our eyes. Mean Girls opened today in 2004.

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