So Fetch: The Making of ‘Mean Girls’ (And Why We’re Still So Obsessed with It)

Dey Street. Jan. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9780063276161. $29.99. FILM
The smash hit 2004 movie Mean Girls has had a lasting legacy on pop culture, and it’s one that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, with the filmed version of the Broadway musical slated for theatrical release this year. Armstrong (When Women Invented Television) dives into the making of the film from beginning to present, weaving together a story involving elements of the screenplay, the casting process, its studio system, and more. She also closely examines the way that the movie has deeply impacted pop culture, particularly for the people who were adolescents when the movie was released. The author uses her own interviews with Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote the book on which the movie was based and director Mark Waters, in addition to other interviews with crew members in casting, makeup, costume design, and cinematography. Quotes from screenwriter Tina Fey, and the (now) big-name stars of the movie, are pulled from past interviews and articles. All quotes are meticulously cited.
VERDICT A straightforward and entertaining retelling of the creation of Mean Girls, the movie, that has a place in the hearts of many. An excellent addition to collections.
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