A musical adaptation of the 2004 movie and the Broadway musical of the same name.
From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, MEAN GIRLS. New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.
Movie Review (no spoiler)
Disclaimer though, it is important not to confuse this movie with the previous Mean Girls movies of 2004 and 2011. This movie takes on more of a musical format, and if you don’t enjoy musicals, you might not enjoy the movie at all.
It follows the story of Cady Heron who moves to a new town and the start of her high school career in North Shore High School. Fitting in isn’t easy and when an opportunity comes to sit with the popular crowd, she jumps at the chance. Group politics follows and friendships are broken, but I will spare you the detail because I would like for you to watch and experience the new Mean Girls at a cinema near you. Songs are creatively woven in between conversations and the choreography and costumes is definitely one for the books.
Angourie Rice and Reneé Rapp plays their part exceptionally well as Cady Heron and Regina George respectively, managing to balance a musical performance along with a dramatic storyline. A few stars from the previous Mean Girls movies makes an appearance, and the show concludes with a feel-good happy ending, with a post-credits scene right at the end.
You can listen to the Mean Girls Soundtrack on Spotify:
I rate this movie a 3 out of 5. The girls aren’t too mean, but still provides an entertaining performance with a musical touch. I for one would like to see a Broadway style musical here in my hometown, but for now will be happy with the big screen release of Mean Girls.
Netflix’s Crashing Eid Review: Love, Culture, and Differences
If you are curious about other cultures, or maybe want to see how your culture is represented in mainstream media, then you should binge-watch Netflix’s Arabic Comedy series Crashing Eid this weekend. It’s a 4-episode long series with each episode of roughly 47 minutes. The series revolves around culture, love, differences, family, and drama.
The story focuses on Razan (Summer Shesha) as she finds love for the second time in her life but struggles to convince her family for marriage. Razan is shown to be living in the UK with her daughter Lamar (Bateel Qamlo) and finds her British-Pakastani boyfriend Sameer (Hamza Haq) as a suitable match for herself. She proposes to him for marriage before traveling to Saudi Arabia, her home, to celebrate Eid. Her family is convinced that she is back in Saudi for good but Razan has other plans. She tries to tell them about Sameer but constantly fails due to fear and lack of ‘perfect’ timing. She tells Sameer that her parents have agreed to their marriage as she panics to tell him the truth.
Here comes the twist – Sameer reaches Saudi to surprise Razan and to meet her parents! She tries her best to handle the situation and hide their relationship with the help of her daughter Lamar. At the end of the episode, the truth uncovers itself and everyone is left disappointed. The story follows Razan’s family drama, bitter relations with her mother, previous abusive marriage, her brother Hasan’s (Yasir Alsaggaf) struggle to connect with his son after losing custody, etc. Her previous marriage with her cousin affected her relationship with her own mother as she blames Razan for the failed marriage.
Summer Shesha’s portrayal of a strong woman struggling with every close person in her life but still managing to face everything with bravery is appreciable. Khalid Alharbi deserves applause for his sweet, loving, and understanding role as Razan’s father.
Despite a fun twist challenge, representation, and Khalid Alharbi’s brilliant performance, a few parts lack perspective. The story doesn’t completely revolve around Razan yet it fails to involve Lamar’s (Bateel Qamlo) emotions in the family drama. She is seen upset at times but it’s never completely addressed. She plays the role of a typical elder daughter helping out her mother in everything and neglecting herself at times. The ending felt rushed as it doesn’t properly elaborate on how Razan’s mother (Amani Idrees) suddenly changed her mind about her daughter. Emotions take time and that’s what felt rushed.
Crashing Eid offers strong cultural representation, women empowerment, and how love can help you deal with almost everything. It focuses strongly on social taboos surrounding women and Muslim culture.
Crashing Eid is now available to stream on Netflix.
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