Talk about your misleading ad campaigns. If you believed the promos, you’d think "Mean Girls" was something akin to "American Pie." Hardly. It is a thoughtful, even meaningful film with intelligent characters. I found myself comparing its spirit with "Drive Me Crazy" (1999), an intelligent prom-themed movie. While "Drive Me Crazy" and "Mean Girls" may stem from the same real-character source, they couldn’t be more different in plot. The former was about appearances and surely happens to hundreds of kids every year but the latter is a practically Shakespearean revenge fable. Who wins in the end? We, the viewers.
[2009: Oh, Lindsay Lohan, this was pretty much your career peak. I had such hope for you. Alas.]