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Teenage Movies: ‘Mean Girls’ V. ‘Clueless’

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It’s time to ditch films like Disney’s hits ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Camp Rock’ and go back in time to the old favourites ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Clueless’ which will never be outdated and boring, so get your best friends round and leave the guys at for home for a girly night in! Now you may be thinking that ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Clueless’ are a bit old and past their sell by date but they were so in when they were released and seen for the first time so I recommend you buy or rent these awesome movies and see how high school life was like all those years ago.

‘Mean Girls’ tells the story of a home schooled girl whose parents are zoologists living in Africa. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is totally unprepared for her first ever day at a public high school but with a little bit of help from school misfits Janis and Damien, Cady learns about the many different cliques of the school including the Plastics, a group of girls led by Queen Bee Regina George who once believe it or not was once Janis’ best friend. Janis uses Cady to her revenge on Regina by cutting off Regina’s resources, which include Regina’s two best friends Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith. During the film Cady is used as a messenger and is forced to hang out with the Plastics and gradually loses her individual personality and remakes herself in the image of Regina. The film was directed by Mark Waters, produced by Lourne Michaels and written by Tina Fey who also stars as Ms. Norbury who is Cady’s Maths teacher. ‘Mean Girls’ was based on the New York Times best-selling book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman.

‘Clueless’ tells the story of Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a good-natured but bemused girl. Cher is pretty, popular and extremely rich. She is nearly sixteen and is happy in her fashion-obsessed, perfect little world. She lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills with her father who is a $500-an-hour litigator. Her mum died due to complications whilst having liposuction. Together with her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), who is also very rich, pretty, and popular and understands what it’s like to be envied by others. During the film Cher tries to make everyone’s lives as happy as possible like her own; and she and Dionne come across new comer to the school Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy). They choose to ‘adopt’ her as she is tragically un-hip and they think she may need a little help. Tai meets Travis, a lazy, careless skateboarder in the school canteen whom she soon falls head over heels for. He likes her too but instead Cher tries to set up Tai with Elton who is basically a rich snob. Cher then plans a way to set them up and Tai immediately forgets about Travis when she lays her eyes upon Elton, but Elton isn’t so sure about the idea of him and her getting together as Cher finds out when he tries to kiss her instead but Cher refuses his offer. Cher has a couple of relationships...

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