If you thought the days of pink from Barbie were over, be prepared for a whole new wave after the musical/comedy Mean Girls hits theaters on Friday, January 12th.
Thanks to Ocean Casino Resort we got a first look at the new film prior to its public release. Stacked with a talented cast including Broadway alumni, Renee Rapp (Regina George), The Summer I Turned Pretty hearthrob, Christopher Briney (Aaron Samuels), film writer and comedian, Tina Fey (Ms. Norbury) and MadMen star, John Hamm (Coach Carr), don’t expect an exact replica of the original 2004 comedy/drama.
First things first, the 2024 film is in fact a musical based off the stage-adaptation that ran on Broadway for two years (2018-2020), so don’t be surprised if people randomly burst into song. The remake definitely pays homage to the original film while bringing in a Gen-Z flare full of TikTok clips, iCarly references, and vaping quips that may be too much for the OG millennial fans.
You’ll have a laugh at some of the original film’s most iconic phrases that make an appearance and even see some friendly faces once again wink, wink.
Of course, you can’t expect an adaptation to be better than the original. So, if you can just get past that fact, you’ll be able to appreciate the catchy melodies, funny new jokes and fresh reinvention of the Queen Bees and Wannabes. To be honest, Rapp’s singing is so beautiful throughout the film, you’ll be begging to be personally victimized by Regina George and those vocals.
Angourie Rice does a solid job at playing Cady Heron and Auli’i Cravalho, most known for voicing Moana, continues to amaze listeners with ballads in her role as Cady’s best friend, Janice.
So whether you loved the original, can’t miss out on a good showtune or never even heard of Mean Girls, the new adaptation will surely make you crack a smile as you watch the relatable plotline of high school hierarchy, trivial crushes and friendships in your formative years.