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Thursday, February 3, 2011

[4.25/10] Mean Girls 2 (2011)


Mean Girls 2 (2011)

Brief review: In this made-for-TV sequel to the 2004 hit teen comedy "Mean Girls", high school senior Jo Mitchell befriends outcast Abby Hanover, and follows the girls as they take on the school's mean girls, the Plastics. Story-wise, "Mean Girls 2" brings nothing new to the table, as it's a complete spin-off (or should I say a rip-off) to the original, and while the movie delivers a few clever lines and a couple of good laughs along the way, it suffers badly from a sub-par acting, poor execution and crappy visuals. Considering the fact that "Mean Girls 2" is a TV movie, its cheap look can be forgiven, but the lack of imagination and fresh ideas couldn't. Melanie Mayron's unbelievably uninspired direction totally ruins this otherwise potentially decent teen comedy, and so does the mediocre acting from the young cast involved. Meaghan Martin is a sweet-looking girl, but her acting skills are quite weak to say the least. Maiara Walsh is mediocre at best as the 'meanest girl', Mandi, while the other two 'plastics' are downright annoying. Jennifer Stone plays the only truly likable character in the movie, and she does a decent job in her role as the rich, yet rejected Abby. Though Bethany Annes character barely appears on screen, she's somewhat interesting.

Overall summary: Thanks to its mildly amusing script, "Mean Girls 2" is somewhat watchable, if quite unnecessary and poorly-crafted sequel, that has no real reason to exist.

10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And no real reason for me to watch. You're a brave soul for sitting through this one.

Jaccstev said...

The first film is quite enjoyable to watch, maybe if they can bring all the original crew back (minus Lohan of course:)), this would be an interesting sequel.

Melissa Bradley said...

"no real reason to exist" LMAO! I could not have said it better myself. And funny how it comes years after the original. I'll tell you what I think happened. There's a network here called ABC Family and they take movies, edit out all the good stuff and run them. The network gets a ratings jump and voila, some exec says "Oh let's do a sequel." They've done God only knows how many Bring It On sequels. And all of them are so sanitized and cutesied up, I could gag on the cotton candy fluff. :)

Nebular said...

Alex, I've seen much worse than "Mean Girls 2". It was pretty watchable, but very amateurish in terms of execution.

Nebular said...

Jaccs, the original is one of my all time favorite comedies. It was smart and absolutely hilarious. I don't know about Lohan, but I'm pretty sure that Rachel McAdams won't be back to play Regina for nothing. She's a class act now.

TheGirlWhoLovesHorror said...

I figured this movie would suck. No way it could live up to the brilliance of the first one. Yeah, I said brilliance. That movie is seriously great, I love it!

Nebular said...

Mel, LOL, your witty comments always make me smile /laugh/. :)

Yep, you got it right, it's an ABC Family movie:

"The film was released on January 23, 2011 via ABC Family with a DVD release set for Februrary 1, 2011."

Source: Wikipedia

Nebular said...

TheGirlWhoLovesHorror, I absolutely agree about the original - it was absolutely brilliant! ;)

Nicole✗✗ said...

Oh I hate it when they bring out a crappy sequel to something that was and still is amazing. But I'm glad you kept and open mind with it. I have to admit I tend to enjoy stupid comedy's like this from time to time. Nothing's perfect-at least they tried, I guess. It certainly makes you appreciate those films and actors who deserve it.
Oh and in regards to "The King's Speech" that would be awesome if you could send me the link!! That is extremely kind of you! If you want you can send it to my email: electricdaze@gmail.com Thank you again.

Nebular said...

Nicole, I watched without any reservations and I tried to enjoy it for what it was. It was quite funny in parts, but somewhat cheap and poorly-crafted.
As for the link of King's Speech, well, I will send it to you right away ;)