I hate mean girls just as much as the next former geek, but I have to admit that in the movies at least, they have style. While shopping with a friend over the weekend, I came across this cute dress at Forever 21. When I went to take it off the rack my friend immediately stopped me saying that it looked like something a 15-year-old would wear. She was right. This got me thinking about a question that has long been on my mind. Was high school so traumatic that it stunted my fashion sense?
It’s not like I’m running around in Abercrombie & Fitch or American Eagle 24/7, but once in a while I’ll pick out an outfit that I think is adorable and wear it to a New York City bar only to feel not underdressed, but dressed too young. No wonder the bouncers always think I’m 12. Anyway, having had many friends like Alison Dilaurentis and the mysterious “A” on Pretty Little Liars, this former Spencer Hastings (without the Country Club membership), couldn’t be more excited for tonight’s Summer Finale on ABC Family at 8/7c. My crazy excitement for the finale got me into thinking about mean girls on the silver screen throughout the ages.
Every decade had a “mean girls” flick that defined an era and here they are:
In the 80s, three girls named Heather ruled Westerburg High School armed with big hair and shoulder pads. Heathers tells the story about a girl named Veronica who tries to be part of the “in crowd,” but finds that murder is a better way to play social politics. She kills her “friends” with the new kid, J.D., in the most dramatic ways making the murders look like suicides.
Jawbreaker is one of my favorite movies. I even have it on iTunes. This is by far the scariest of the “mean girls” films. When a popular clique known as the “Flawless Four” mistakenly kill their high school’s sweetheart, Elizabeth Purr, described as the Princess Di of Reagan High, while playing a prank on her for her 17th birthday, they’re in for a big surprise when someone from the bottom tier finds out.
2000s: Mean Girls
No one ever died in Mean Girls, but Regina did get hit by a bus after months of unknowingly eating 8,000 calories a day so I think that qualifies as an attack. Did you know that this movie was actually based on the nonfiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman? Since it came out when I was in high school, it’s the one I relate to the most because I’ve memorized all the quotes. Like Gretchen Weiners, my hair is so big because it’s full of secrets.