Key Characters Karen, Regina and Gretchen are considered to be the mean girls, the ones who think they are the best of the best in their high school and no one can mess with them. They see themselves as royalty, although Regina is the head backstabber and would even throw her two sidekicks under the bus in order to remain on top.
Everyone has had their fair share of high school drama; whether it’s rude stares down the hallway, distant whispering behind your back, spreading rumors about students and faculty, social sabotage, or segregated school lunch tables. The teen drama film Mean Girls delves into the sociocultural environment of teenage academia. This
While high school in reality is full of surprises and twisty roads, teen television shows and movies are based off a strict set of conventions that allude to other teen films. In David Denby 's "High School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies," he describes the typical movie storyline and characters: the blonde, superficial cheerleaders that make up the popular crowd, along with the buff, handsome jocks versus the social outcasts comprised of geeks and freaks. Denby continues to explain the nature of these two social standings, including how the “cool group” bullies anyone below them. Denby goes on further to discuss how a particular outsider usually becomes the hero or heroine of the story, despite their social discomfort or awkward
High School Cliques Just like any typical high school the viewer is able to see the different cliques. The two cliques that were presented in the film were the popular kids and the nerds. Quentin and his friends were the nerds because they were in band, focused on SAT exams, never skipped school, did not party and drink, and had high grades. These are characteristics that are typically given to non-popular kids or nerds during high school. On the other hand, the popular kids were presented as wealthy, rebels, attractive, hold high status, would drink, and had parties. These two different cultures allowed the viewer to understand that high school is an important part of a student’s life.
In the film “Mean Girls” there were many types of peer relationships expressed. Friendships are described as a reciprocal liking, trust, and loyalty between all participating dyadic parties. An example in the film is the relationship that Damian and Janis hold because they are loyal to each other and the liking is mutual. Peer acceptance is to the degree one is liked by their peers. In the film Aaron Samuels is very much liked by his peers. Perceived popular is a child that is considered popular based on their peers’ perceptions. Regina George is a prime example of teenage girl perceived as popular. When students described Regina George in the film these type of comments were made, “Regina George is flawless”, “One time she punched me in the faced. It was awesome.”, and “she always looks fierce.” Cliques are polyadic social groups that are voluntary. A main clique in the movie is “The Plastics” which consists of Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, and Karen Smith. These forms of peer relationships are a lot more complex than just a group of friends, these relationships of dynamic in early adolescence.
Students in High School are being pressured every day for publicity. High school is usually a place where someone can find themself, a friend group they feel comfortable in. High school students encounter many different situations that may lead them into a series of downfalls through high school. Being in this facility, students are often categorized in groups based on their personalities, what they wear, and their social connections. In The Breakfast Club there are five students categorized into stereotypical groups in high school.Those groups are the popular students, the nerds, and the emo students. Sooner than later, these five students figure they all have something in common with each other; high school, and the pressure of their parents has molded them into the people they never wanted to become. Despite the differences between the students in The Breakfast Club, they share similarities that divides them into different groups throughout high school.
In the famous movie, “The Breakfast Club, we see how five teenagers, each members of different high school cliques, who spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all more than their respective stereotypes. High school cliques determine who, what and where they belong.
Two of the six movies addressed in my presentation have female writers: Mean Girls (Tina Fey) and Clueless (Amy Heckerling). All six of these movies are directed by men. This is troubling, because while there are women who could have input on how the story should be told, the plots and characters of young females are ultimately developed by grown men who have never lived though the teen years of a girl victimized by the cruelty of high school.
To contrast the two examples, in Mean Girls “The Plastics,” Regina George, Gretchen Weiners, Karen Smith, and soon Cady Heron, display the concept of a social hierarchy. They dominate North Shore High School and their fellow classmates wish to be them and crave interaction with them. “The Plastics” are generally unruly and have not much more to contribute other than their physical appearances and fashion choices. One girl claims that she was punched in the face by Regina George and “it was awesome!” This is practically absent in the genuine school scene, other than seniors taking the lead. No one knows and simultaneously worships a certain person or group of people. There are some groups or cliques of girls which tend to be more popular, although not to
I chose Mean Girl because is a comedy full of notable quotes, funny characters, and is a very entertaining film. However what many individuals may not recognize is that film it shows several psychological concepts like parenting styles, adolescent egocentrism, role identity, and orders. Mean Girls takes places in the high school scenery. It all being with a girl name Cady Heron from Africa that has been home schooled her entire life until her family and herself move to Evanston, Illinois. Cady had to start high school life all over, and learning many things about her self and others, she also needs to make friends and try to blend in. She made friends with two classmates Janice and Damien who gave her all the details about the cliques and hierarchy rules at their high school. Which lead them to talk about the “Plastics” which involve the three most popular girls at their high school Gretchen, Karen and most importantly the queen bee of the school Regina George. Everyone wanted to be like the “Plastics”. She becomes involved with a well know school clique called “The Plastic” and this is how everything started. This film shows very funny but real life
If you were to walk into a high school lunchroom, what is the first thing you would see? Groups, cliques, friend circles, and separations. Tables split up in detached formations, almost completely unaware of the other surrounding pupils nearby. The most common groups in high school are the populars and the outcasts; the kids who have endless friends, engage in team sports, and meet the ideal teenage standards, against the ones who are quiet, solitary, and unconventional. The ones that are outcasts fall into the second description. They don’t line up with society's norms, therefore they tend to be looked upon as bizarre and atypical. Outsiders are too often misjudged and misunderstood by their peers because they have a different
In Mean girls, the movie begins with The main character of the film, Cadi, a smart, and kind girl who has just moved to the United States from a completely different culture in Africa. She stumbles upon many different cliques in her new high school, although the most influential group is known as the “Plastics”. The Plastics represent what everyone wants to be; popular, rich, and pretty. Unfortunately, the plastics are also the meanest cliques in school. In the movie Cadi, slowly begins to gravitate to this clique and unknowingly becomes known as a Plastic. This movie gives a good example of how conformity can be displayed. She quickly learns that if she wants to admired by others she needs conform to all of rules in her high school hierarchy; such as being only allowed to wear her hair up only once a week, wearing pink on Wednesdays, and jeans on Fridays. If she were to break any of these rules, she would not be accepted by the Plastics and therefore not allowed to sit with them at lunch. It is clear that both centuries have selected a certain group of individuals and have put them on a pedestal for others to aspire to be like
asked. It came as kind of a shock to him to see women treated so badly by men. It was ironic that the movie was portraying a man being the start of a women’s movement where he fought for respect and appreciation for women in the United States during a time when it was rare. It also showed the beginning of men building alliances with women in order to support their cause and to help them advocate for fair treatment. This movie really highlighted the struggles that women had to face when they were still in a major battle for rights and respect from men. I believe that this was a
The movie Girl, Interrupted is based on the book Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen. I would like to say that it is loosely based because although the actress, Winona Ryder, does portray Kaysen’s borderline personality, it seems that Angelina Jolie, who is Lisa Rowe in the movie, steals the spotlight.
When certain movies spread around and get popular, it can cause peer pressure to a person and make them want to encourage their friends to replicate what is going on in the wild scenes. Some people may say it is just a movie and not a big factor in someone’s life, but it actually does happen in college. For example, the movie Neighbors put an emphasis on fitting in and going to frat parties to enhance social life. In this movie, Teddy Sanders moves in a house next by some new neighbors and annoys them everyday by their constant loud music and breaking things. There’s also a scene where Shelby from Neighbors states “This is a sexist, restrictive system. We’re going to start our own sorority and we’re going to party the way that we want to!” There is a sense of dominance and a “we can do whatever we want” attitude that comes off from this scene. It does reflect real fraternities and the countless