Mean Girls 2
April 3, 2011
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Director: Melanie Mayron
Writer: Allison Schroeder/Elana Lesser/Cliff Ruby
Producer: George Engel
Starring: Meaghan Jette Martin/Jennifer Stone/Nicole Anderson/Maiara Walsh/Claire Holt
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 96 minutes
Oh yes, it’s not your eyesight, you’ve read the title of this review correctly, Mean Girls DOES have a sequel and my, what a sequel it is. Of all of the sequels that deserve to be in the Burn Book, this one should be written on the first line of the first page. Confident senior Jo begins the new school year by breaking her own cardinal rule: don’t get involved in girl drama. But when she sees timid Abby preyed upon by Queen Bee Mandi and her minions, she takes sides in a girl-world-war that turns the whole school upside down, and follows the girls as they take on the school’s mean girls, the Plastics.. Think of the flaws in Mean Girls and times them by three, the answer would be Mean Girls 2. The first problem with Mean Girls 2 is that it has absolutely nothing to do with Mean Girls and, aside from the school and the use of the word ‘Plastics’, and could have been something different. The story is just absolutely bad. It’s predictable all the way through and when they tried to get laughs through the bitchiness, it failed miserably. It tries to send that usual message of ‘be yourself’ but unfortunately the message isn’t clear and it gets lost in its ridiculous story. Mean Girls 2 was boring throughout most of the movie and hardly entertained the audience.
All of the characters were either not likeable, annoying, stereotypical, one-dimensional or all of the above and most of them are all of the above. There was no depth to the characters or anything funny about them at all. The writing is shamefully bad and cliché in several places. The worst thing about the writing is the characters as they’re all a walking, talking cliché. Granted that Mean Girls did this but in Mean Girls, they had personalities to their characters, in Mean Girls 2, they don’t. The story was predictable from the very start and pretty soon, everything else was too. The acting isn’t too bad but there were moments when it was really bad, especially the narration. There was one thing I did notice: Half of the cast in the movie are mostly recognised for their roles in Disney Channel shows or movies such as Cory in the House, Camp Rock and Wizards of Waverly Place. Let’s just hope mothers don’t rent this movie for their kids because they recognise them from their favourite kids’ shows, they’ll be in for a shock with the bad words and sexual references. Overall, Mean Girls 2 is just bad. It’s not good at all and there’s hardly anything good that can be said about this movie.
Mean Girls should never have had a sequel but then again, Mean Girls 2 is not even really a proper sequel to begin with. This movie should have been titled something else because fans of the original movie will be disappointed to learn that Mean Girls 2 shares nothing in common with Mean Girls. As a movie, it’s quite bad but as a sequel, it’s terrible. Do not buy, rent or watch this if you loved the first movie because it will disappoint you. There are some decent moments but comparing this to Mean Girls and calling it a sequel is just an insult. This movie is not fetch!