This week, we take on the remake of the 2004 teen movie classic, “Mean Girls”. The original “Mean Girls”, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey, was a phenomenon. It’s been called one of the most quotable movies of all time. This new musical remake, based on the original film and the Broadway show, is in theatres now. What did the original film represent for us? Did we need this new version? And what generation is it for? Lilah is joined by the FT’s US financial editor Brooke Masters and Life and Art producer Lulu Smyth to figure it out.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

– “Mean Girls”, written by Tina Fey, is out in cinemas in the US and UK now.

– The FT’s review of the film is here:

– Brooke is on X @brookeamasters

– We also loved this piece by Miranda Green on modern “Mean Girls” and the impact of social media (June 2023) :

More or Less:

– Lulu wants to see more respected male actors in romcoms: specifically Joaquin Phoenix in the next “High School Musical”

– Brooke wants to see fewer universe expansions and more original content

– Lilah recommends reading new plays – and if you’re in New York, seeing Appropriate”, starring Sarah Paulson. The play is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. You can read it online here:


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Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Clips courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

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