Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Trailer – “Mean Girls”

Paramount Pictures has released the official trailer for Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne’s “Mean Girls” starring Angourie Rice, Auliʻi Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika Vandanapu, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Ashley Park & Jon Hamm. The musical film will be theatrically released in the United States on January 12th, 2024.

Plot Synopsis: New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.

What do you all think of the trailer? As someone who adores the 2003 “Mean Girls,” I can’t help but feel let down by this trailer. Never mind the fact that some shots, outfits, and lines feel directly ripped from the original film (including the design of the infamous “Burn Book”), but the single element that should be setting this film apart from the modern-day original classic is the fact that this is a musical. However, you would barely know it by watching this trailer. Paramount Pictures seems to be hiding the musical elements, which could, at the very least, help set this apart, but if you can’t do that, then the comparisons to a film many people love will abound. The presence of Tina Fey and Tim Meadows makes this feel like a sequel set within the same world. And although it’s not, one must wonder why this is necessary in the first place other than to soullessly capitalize on the success of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. It appears to be a shameless, unimaginative cash grab that is so not fetch. What do you all think? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or our Twitter account.
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Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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