The iconic 2000s teen flick, “Mean Girls,” has maintained its cult-like fanbase throughout the decades, standing the true test of time. Finally, fans get what they’ve been wanting all these years: a reboot with all of our favorite characters. Paramount Pictures’ trailer reminds us, however, “this isn’t your mother’s Mean Girls.” That line alone makes us feel old, but they’re right. This time around, “Mean Girls” is dished with a modern spin — for one, it’s a musical?
Our cast is composed of young actors on the rise, such as Avantika, Auli’i Cravalho and TSITP’s Christopher Briney. This reboot is underscored by an Olivia Rodrigo soundtrack and includes several references to TikTok, catering to a Gen-Z audience while also stirring millennials’ nostalgia.
Many of you know this story like the back of your hand, but to refresh your memory: previously homeschooled student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) transfers to an American high school, only to learn that things work differently there. The most popular girls in school call themselves The Plastics, run by Regina George (Reneé Rap), along with her minions, Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). The intimidating trio taunt Cady at first before welcoming her in as their own. Hoping to infiltrate the group without getting sucked in, Cady relies on the sound support of her bottom-rung friends, Janis (Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey). Soon, Cady’s lust for the queen bee’s boyfriend (Briney) distracts her eyes from the prize — ending The Plastics’ reign.
These up-and-comers are joined by veteran comedians, with Jon Hamm, Tina Fey and Tim Meadows as the highschool’s faculty. Jenna Fischer and Busy Phillipps play Cady and Regina’s mothers, respectively. Ashley Park and TikTok star Chris Olsen also make cameos.
Catch “Mean Girls” in theaters on Jan. 12, 2024. Watch the trailer below.