10 Lessons we learned from Mean Girls

Time sure flies, eh? Believe it or not, Mean Girls came out 10 years ago, despite still being a very popular film today. It might be because of all the wisdom squeezed in there.

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Just the other day we were pondering mortality and our aging selves, which obviously made us extra ecstatic to discover that today is the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls. Yes, it has been a decade since that movie came out. You are welcome to our grieving circle anytime.

Indeed. The film — based on Queen Bees and Wannabes, rewritten for the screen by Tina Fey — hit theatres in 2004, graciously propelling Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Lizzy Caplan to superstardom. This was back when Lohan had a “good girl” image and no criminal record.

The film managed to gain a huge worldwide following and is now a cult classic. It didn’t hurt that Fey did a spectacular job with the screenplay, making it one of the most quotable movies of all time. That is so fetch.

To celebrate this wondrous cinematic creation and the memories it created a decade ago (we’re still not over that!), here are 10 lessons we learned from Mean Girls:

1. Walking in slo-mo should only be done to Missy Elliot

This is just a fact. If you are going to walk in slow motion, please do so whilst blasting “Pass that Dutch.” Otherwise you’re just wasting everybody’s time.

2. Never underestimate the power of peer pressure

Hey, Cady was a good girl who was then corrupted by The Plastics. Should we blame the American public school system, or should we blame peer pressure? Probably peer pressure. The point is, kids, just be yourself.

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3. Your best friends might not always look “cool”

Sure, we’ve always pictured our best friends being David Beckham and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (don’t judge us), but that’s not how life works. Don’t dismiss the loyal friends you have because they’re not as “cool” as you want them to be, like Cady did with Janis and Damian.

4. Spite only brings more spite

Clearly when Cady and Janis decided to ruin Regina George, it didn’t work out for them. Being as spiteful as the object of your spite will not get you anywhere.

5. Be glad your mom does not wear a pink track suit

When Amy Poehler walked onto the screen as Regina’s mom wearing a pink track suit and heels (and carrying that little dog), we thanked the almighty Zeus that our moms still wore acid-washed jeans and puffy ’80s hair. We’re also glad our moms never walked in on us while we were making out with our boyfriends and offered a condom. Not cool.

6. Don’t keep a book of rumours

Let’s be honest: If you keep a book of rumours, it will bite you in the butt at some point. Unless that’s what you want to happen, it’ll just be safer to not keep one.

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7. Study hard, or your life will fall apart

OK, it’s obvious that Cady’s life was perfectly good while she was an excellent student. When her grades began to slip, so did her life. So the lesson is, study hard!

8. Puking on your crush is not the end of the world

It might sound awful, but things worked out between Cady and Aaron despite the vomiting incident. Be warned, this might not work in situations of projectile vomiting or when the face of your crush is affected.

9. Look both ways before storming off

Very important. Regina’s careless pedestrian behaviour sent her to the hospital. So listen to your parents, and look both ways before crossing the street or angrily storming off.

10. Don’t join a “clique”

We understand the temptation, but any group of people with a label in a social environment perpetuates exclusion. We say it’s better to be an “unpopular loser” with a few close and reliable friends than to be part of an impersonal clique with an elevated status.

What have you learned from Mean Girls? And can you believe it’s been 10 years?

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