Mean Girls 2

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Mean Girls 2
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Based onMean Girls
by Tina Fey
Written byCliff Ruby
Elana Lesser
Allison Schroeder
Directed byMelanie Mayron
Narrated byMeaghan Martin
Music byTranscenders
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)George Engel
CinematographyLevie Isaacks
Editor(s)Michael Jablow
Running time97 minutes
Production company(s)Paramount Famous
DistributorParamount Home Entertainment
Release
Original networkABC Family
Original release
  • January 23, 2011 (2011-01-23)
Chronology
Preceded byMean Girls

Mean Girls 2 is a 2011 American teen comedy television film directed by Melanie Mayron, and serves as a stand-alone sequel to the 2004 film Mean Girls.[1] The film premiered on ABC Family on January 23, 2011, and released direct-to-video on February 1. It stars Meaghan Martin, Jennifer Stone, Maiara Walsh, Nicole Gale Anderson, Claire Holt, Diego Boneta and Linden Ashby.[2]

Tim Meadows, the only original cast member to return, reprises his role as Principal Ron Duvall.

Plot[edit]

Jo Mitchell, an 18-year-old high school senior from Ohio, attends North Shore High School with the hopes of attending Carnegie Mellon University, her late mother's alma mater. On her first day, however, she encounters a clique called "The Plastics", composed of Mandi Weatherly, the self-proclaimed leader; Chastity Meyer, the ditzy girl with a raging libido; and Hope Plotkin, a hypochondriac. Jo also meets Abby Hanover, whom Mandi perceives to be a rival. Despite Jo's attempts to avoid the Plastics, conflict develops between them and Abby.

Jo's father is a mechanic who rebuilds engines for NASCAR. As a result, she becomes quite a good mechanic herself and ends up taking an advanced shop class, where she meets Tyler (Diego Boneta). Her principal means of transportation is a Vespa motor scooter. A voice-over reveals that Jo's mother died before she was one year old.

After Jo gives Abby a ride home, she meets Abby's father, a successful infomercial entrepreneur who offers to pay Jo's college tuition in exchange for her maintaining good friends with Abby. Jo reluctantly accepts, motivated by her desire to attend Carnegie Mellon. Jo, Tyler and Abby become close friends, while Jo learns that Tyler is Mandi's stepbrother. Mandi also escalates her war of pranks, which includes using artificial sweetener and coffee to ruin an engine being repaired by Jo's father.

When Jo and Abby discover that Mandi is going to throw a birthday party, Jo decides that Abby throw a party herself; Abby's party is the "all invited" kind, unlike Mandi's "invite only" party. After the Plastics see no one at Mandi's house but hears Abby's party's music, they have Hope put "Easy Upchuck" into the pizza that is ordered there. After Jo notices that it smells funny, she then sees Hope also paying the pizza delivery guy and so she stashes it away. When the Plastics go to that party, they don't see anyone puking. Just as Nick, Mandi's boyfriend, doesn't see any food, Jo gives him the injected pizza to eat; after Mandi kisses him for Jo to see, he vomits on her from that Easy Upchuck.

Jo, Abby and another outcast girl, school newspaper reporter Quinn, start a new clique called the "Anti-Plastics" and enact a series of pranks against Chastity and Hope. Jo runs against Mandi for Homecoming Court and their campaign threatens Tyler and Jo's relationship. When Jo tries to give back the money Sidney Hanover had given her for her friendship with Abby, Mandi overhears while running and uses this information against her. This leads to Tyler and the "Anti-Plastics" going against her as she is turning towards Mandi's personality.

Mandi and Nick steal the homecoming court charity money, which is to be donated to an animal research group. Mandi plants the money in Jo's shed, then gives an anonymous note to Principal Duvall stating that the money is there. Thanks to an unwitting betrayal by Quinn, Jo is expelled, but not before she finds Mandi and challenges her to a game of flag football. Mandi refuses until she realizes that she needs to win to remain popular, and then reluctantly agrees.

Tyler and the other Anti-Plastics try to help Jo prove her innocence with the help of the school's tech boy, Elliott. After the Anti-Plastics beating the Plastics at flag football, Mandi and Nick are arrested after images of them planting the money in Jo's home are found by Elliott texting it to all of the cell phones in the audience; Principal Duvall apologizes to Jo for the mix-up. At the school's Homecoming Dance, Abby and Elliott are elected King and Queen (thanks to Jo dropping out of the competition), and Jo and Tyler share a kiss.

The film ends with Jo and Abby deciding to attend Carnegie Mellon University together, while Tyler attends Penn State University (presumably on a soccer scholarship), which is a short drive from Carnegie Mellon, and Quinn assuming the position she has long coveted — the leader of the Plastics. Although Mandi and Nick both got community service and were allowed to graduate (thanks in some part to their parents for donating a new library for the school), they lost their popularity for their cruel actions, earning Mandi a bad reputation. Chastity learns the meaning of her name, and Hope begins working on overcoming her fear of germs.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Mean Girls 2 was first announced in 2008, as one of the upcoming film sequels lineup by Paramount Famous.[3] In June 2010, Melanie Mayron was hired to direct the film.[4] The film does not reference the events of the original or attempt to connect itself to its predecessor, save for the inclusion of Meadows and the "Plastics" clique as the main antagonist.

Filming[edit]

The film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2010 in 22 days,[5] which scenes took place at the Sutton Middle School.[6]

Promotion and release[edit]

The official trailer of the film was released on November 22, 2010.[7] It premiered on ABC Family as a Mean Girls: Double Feature on January 23, 2011.[8][2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Track listing

The film's soundtrack has not received an official release.

  1. "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry
  2. "Wake Up Call" by Team JEM (Johnny Andrews, Elizabeth Elkins of The Swear and Michael Wilkes)
  3. "No Stopping" by Transcenders featuring Josef D'Star
  4. "Nutmeg" by Transcenders
  5. "Favorite Distraction" by SuperSpy
  6. "Days Like This" by Transcenders featuring Aimee Allen
  7. "Addicted" by Toby Lightman
  8. "Love, Love, Love" by Hope featuring Jason Mraz
  9. "Middle Ground" by Transcenders
  10. "So Big" by Iyaz
  11. "Middle Ground" by Transcenders featuring Tracey Amos
  12. "Better Than Her" by Matisse
  13. "Obsession" by Sky Ferreira
  14. "Walk of Shame" by The Like
  15. "Clavy" by Transcenders
  16. "Ground Level" by Transcenders
  17. "Party Plane" by Transcenders
  18. "The Chase" by Transcenders
  19. "2012 (It Ain't the End)" by Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj
  20. "Mon Cheri" by A.B. O'Neill
  21. "Crazy Good" by Juliana Joya
  22. "I Know" by Kimberly Cole

Reception[edit]

Mean Girls 2 received negative reviews from critics, with Hilary Busis of Entertainment Weekly calling it a "thinly veiled, low-budget remake of the 2004 hit with which it shares a name".[9]

Brian Orndorf gave the film a D+ grade and wrote that "Whatever problems I had with the 2004 feature aren't even an issue here, as the new film offers a decidedly more pedestrian take on the clique warfare concept, trading Fey's sly ambition for cruel DTV routine."[10]

Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media, by contrast, gave the film 3/5 and wrote: "Mildly amusing sequel follows same "be yourself" storyline."[11]

Ratings[edit]

The film was the most-watched television movie of the week among viewers ages 12–34, with 2 million viewers in that age group (3.4 million overall); it attracted a strong female audience (1.6 million).[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love, Ryan (June 11, 2010). "'Mean Girls' sequel confirmed". Digital Spy.
  2. ^ a b "It's a Mean Girls Double Feature Event on ABC Family!". Facebook. January 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Finke, Nikki (August 20, 2008). "Paramount Famous Productions Beefs Up". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 10, 2010). "Mean Girls 2 Greenlit, Plot Details and Director Revealed". Slash Film. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Meaghan Martin: Mean Girls 2 Interview, retrieved 2019-12-20
  6. ^ "Mean Girls 2 Filming at Sutton Middle School". Chastain Park Blog. July 20, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Flores, Ramses (November 22, 2010). "First Trailer and Poster for Mean Girls 2". Collider.
  8. ^ Lyons, Margaret (December 6, 2010). "'Mean Girls 2' to debut on ABC Family". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Busis, Hillary (January 24, 2011). "'Mean Girls 2': When is a sequel not a sequel?". Entertainment Weekly.
  10. ^ Brian Orndorf (Jan 30, 2011). "DVD Review - Mean Girls 2". BRIANORNDORF.COM.
  11. ^ Sandie Angulo Chen (21 January 2011). "Mean Girls 2 - Movie Review". Common Sense Media.
  12. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 25, 2011). "ABC Family's Debut of "Mean Girls 2" is TV's #1 Movie of the Week/2010-11 Season in Key Demos". TV by the Numbers.

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