Mean Girls (BLU-RAY)

Mean Girls

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Running Time: 
97 mins

I remember the first time I popped Mean Girls into the DVD player, back when it first came out in 2004. My expectations were quite low, given what I thought was the basic gist of the movie (i.e., chick flick). Little did I know that it was actually going to be a very intelligent satire of teen culture in high school, without a ton of the dumb clichés that usually bog down attempts at capturing that demographic on the silver screen. I know now of course that a lot of the wit in Mean Girls is due to the fantastic contributions of Tina Fey. Her signature sense of self-deprecating humor is all over this and it’s much better for it.

The picture clarity and sharpness is terrific, though this is a high school comedy, so it’s not like you’re going to being watching this for amazing special effects. But it’s a good looking transfer with solid sound as well.

The bonus features are fairly standard, but good:
-    Commentary by Director Mark Waters, Screenplay Writer & Actress Tina Fey, and Producer Lorne Michaels
-    3 Featurettes
-    Blooper Reel
-    Deleted Scenes
-    3 Interstitials
-    Theatrical Trailer

All in all, this is one of the smarter teen films in recent memory. It is a little sobering to see how the careers of nearly everyone involved have taken off since its release, except for Lindsay Lohan. She’s terrific in the lead role, so it’s sad to witness the decline (at least to this point) of her talents and abilities.

Jeremy Hunt
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