Despite the comedic nature of the 2004 film Mean Girls, the film addresses very real issues with teenagers and how they interact. Cady Herring (Lindsey Lohan) is thrust into the jungle that is public school after being home-schooled for 16 years. She gets swept up in being popular and knocking the current Queen bee off her throne. Through the jokes and one-liners the film addresses the psychological warfare and unwritten rules that teenage girls face today. Cady eventually realizes that her true friends don’t care what colour she wears on Wednesdays and that being herself is far better than being popular.
Mean Girls has become a pop culture phenomenon. The film received positive reviews, but more importantly has become immortalized by the iconic references and cult-like following.