Week 3 Essay Guerrero, Maria.docx - Mean Girls In the movie Mean Girls directed by Mark Waters I would say the portrayal of interactions between teens

Week 3 Essay Guerrero, Maria.docx - Mean Girls In the movie...

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Mean Girls In the movie Mean Girls, directed by Mark Waters, I would say the portrayal of interactions between teens was a bit over the top. However at the same time, it is spot on, concept wise. Perhaps they are correct psychologically in an over-exaggerated way. The movie focuses on seven teens connected by one main teen, Regina Gorge. Basically, Regina Gorge is a bully to the entire school. She had her little clique that consists of two other girls, Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith. Regina really hurt and messed with one girl’s life named Janice Ian in the past. Janice has one friend, who is Damien Leigh. There is also Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Arron Samuels, who is relevant to the movie’s plot. When a new girl named Cady Heron starts at the school, Regina takes a “liking” to her; more so notices her beauty and wants her to join her clique. In my opinion, I believe George saw Heron as a threat to her status as Queen of the school, therefore, befriending her so she can stay the top dog. Janice and Damien had already genuinely befriended Heron. When Janice had seen that Regina took a liking to Cady, she formulated a plan to destroy Regina’s life through Cady by having her accept the offer to be a part of the clique, known as The Plastics. Not much ethnic/cultural information is given on the main characters except Cady. Cady was raised and home-schooled in Africa as her parents were on assignment as zoologists, so traditional schooling is a whole different world to her. She has no idea about the hottest clothing trends or music. She also does not understand text talk or slang. I did take notice that in the movie, the cliques were separated mostly by race. As Janice explains the lunch table seating arrangements, she describes the different cliques as, “the nerdy Asians, the cool Asians, the unfriendly Blacks, and the Black Hotties”. It is never stated if any of the plastics are of a different race other than white, but they all appear to be white and are only given the clique name
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of The Plastics instead of “rich whites” or “trailer trash” as given to other ethnic cliques. While this may ring true in society in some sense, it can also be inaccurate as this may be based on opinion. Growing up, there were many types of people that hung out together; but I would be lying if I said there also was not groups of one specific ethnicity or culture that hung out. I would have to say biological and social factors do play into the main point of the film. It is evident there are a bunch of hormonal raging teens that are “friends” yet tear each other down all due to these issues. For example, how the main plot of the movie was formulated. Janice Ian was Regina George’s best friend. When Regina had her first boyfriend, it appeared Janice had
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