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(2004), PG-13 -- ...a zeitgeist of modern entertainment. With comparative.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): M.G. Films, Paramount Pictures, Broadway Video
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Mark S. Waters
Producer(s): Jill Sobel Messick, Lorne Michaels, Louise Rosner
Written by/Screenplay: Book, Rosalind Wiseman. Screenplay: Tina Fey
Cinematography/Camera: Daryn Okada
Film Editing: Wendy Greene Bricmont
Casting: Robin D. Cook, Marci Liroff, Susan Shopmaker
Production Design: Cary White
Art Direction: Brandt Gordon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
We have provided several examples of comparatives between an original film and its remake(s) or a movie and its sequel(s), for example, the Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Parent Trap was the last of these four films to be analyzed. The graph before analysis of *The Parent Trap* was suggesting a final score at least higher than the 79 of Life-Size. Not much higher, maybe 82, but higher nonetheless. It is indeed interesting that the content of an earlier Lohan film was worse than a later film of hers. While I was certainly surprised, the trend is indeed downward after Life-size, rapidly downward. Let us hope the trending is misleading of her next film.
Not that Lohan has much to say about the content of a film a writer builds, but she certainly has a lot she can say about her behavior and with whom she is associated as a function of her thespian activities. I am looking forward (?) to Lohan's next film, whatever that may be. Please understand that the intent of this Lohan project is not to demean Lindsay but to point out the degradation of content so typical of Hollywood and their exploitation of young girls/women. [Ps. 12:8]
In Mean Girls, based on Rosalind Wiseman's book "Queenbees and Wannabes", 15 year old Cady (pronounced kay-dee) Heron (Lindsay Lohan at 18) is a home-schooled girl transplanted by her parents' work from Africa into a modern American high school. Cady had been home-schooled all her life and is now thrown into the mix of American public school girls where "malicious" and "vicious" are defined by demonstration. [Prov. 6:18]
Yes, this film is in part a slam of home schooling by portraying the one who is home schooled as pathetically ill-equipped to deal socially with modern life as if knowledge of and ability to manipulate all the latest vulgarities are needed for modern social life. Guess what that says about modern life? Like we must teach our kids to be brutal, bitter and worldly just to function in peer circles? No thanks. What needs to be changed is modern society. And it will be. One day. Whether we like it or not. Whether we believe it or not. [2 Cor. 5:10]
On her first day, Cady befriends a couple "nerdy" locals, Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). Note that this film is another in the many which present homosexuality as a morally and socially acceptable choice of lifestyle. The viewer is led to believe Jains is lesbian and Damian is gay. For a large portion of the film, these two characters are almost as much a part of the script as Lohan.
Apparently Canada has made it illegal to believe God's Word about the practice of homosexuality and has made free speech about it and freedom of religion illegal. But America has not. Just think. In Canada, homosexual practitioners can now approach young kids and their parents cannot speak out against it. If you don't want that to happen here, speak out. Now! To your legislators and congresspeople. Now! And don't let them tell you there is nothing happening. YOU tell THEM what is happening. They work for YOU. And they do NOT know everything. Some of them are apparently clueless about the progression of the practice of homosexuality in America. And some of them want it to progress. If you don't tell your legislators and congresspeople what you want and don't want, you'll have to take what you get. [1Cor. 6:9-10; Jude 1:7; Rom. 1:26 - 27]
Back-stabbing and ankle-biting are rampant in Mean Girls. Social warfare is full-scale. Leading the warfare as queen bee of the Plastics trio is Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Her two lieutenants are Gretchen Weiners (Lacy Chabert) and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried). This trio, the Plastics, forms the entire battle group with which Cady must do social battle. At first, anyway.
The Plastics are the top of the social totem pole and determine the pecking order of all other students. Looking down their noses at everyone, the Plastics etch themselves a position of superiority in the ranks of high school and decide social etiquette and protocol such as the rule which makes an ex-boyfriend verbotten to any of the Plastics and the rules of cafeteria seating order.
Soon, Cady maneuvers the favor of Regina while Cady launches a campaign to get even with Regina and the Plastics. However, such a position with its ego boost from peer acceptance backfires on Cady's plan. Cady becomes one of the Plastics.
If you might be looking for a movie which portrays the modern mother, this one is not it. If you remember some movies such as America's Sweethearts (PG-13), you'll see a variation of the "bestiality" in them The writers of America's Sweethearts had a dog licking Billy Crystal's clothed genitals and Crystal saying to the dog "A little to the left." Mean Girls has a dog chewing on the clothed right nipple of Regina's mother (Amy Poehler) who is a teenager wannabe and puppet of her daughter. [Luke 17:2]
And speaking of Luke 17:2 which warns that s/he who teaches/causes a youth to sin would be better off if a millstone were tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea ... aside from the corruptive influences on the PG-13 viewers in the audience this film twice presents a young girl, about 5 or 6 watching TV and mimicking the behaviors she sees (which I am certain was, like South Park: BLU, for the "benefit" of ministries like the CAP Ministry). I don't remember the first instance but the second was young adult girls on TV lifting their shirts to expose their breasts and then the little girl lifting whatever it was she was wearing. Does anybody know what is a millstone? In Jesus' day it was a large smooth rock with a hole in the middle through which grain was introduced to be ground between the sliding millstone and a stationary matching base stone. Whether the filmmakers know it, they sinned against the little girl. "S/he who teaches/causes a youth to sin would be better off if a [large smooth rock with a hole in the middle] were tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea."
There may be some accuracy in the portrayal of social warfare in the modern high school. If so, it is no wonder why good teachers are too few. People get hurt in the manner of social battle of Mean Girls.
Mean Girls is a zeitgeist of modern entertainment.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Is there still any doubt this is another R-13?
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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