You've watched it countless times, and yet you still can't change the channel when it randomly airs on a weekend afternoon. You quote it on a regular basis. It might not be type of epic drama that wins an Oscar, but you can't deny that Mean Girls is not just a movie, it's a cultural touchstone.
"I Can't Help It That I'm So Popular"
For starters, It's one of the most endlessly quotable movies of our generation. In fact, it's probably possible to have an entire conversation made up of Mean Girls quotes (in fact, we're pretty sure we've done that before). Second, it features Lindsay Lohan at her best, Rachel McAdams, and the hilarious dream team of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey - who also wrote the screenplay.
"That's why her hair is so big. It's full of secrets"
It's also kind of secretly feminist. Not only is it primarily driven by women and about their relationships with each other (the men are mostly definitely supporting players in every sense of the concept), and it also emphasizes some serious truths that girls today should really be aware of. First - that you shouldn't obsess about your perceived flaws, because we all have imperfections and that kind of obsessive self-scrutiny takes time and energy away from more valuable pursuits, like winning math competitions and crafting amazing ghost bride Halloween costumes.
"So You Guys, What's The 411?"
Amy Poehler's cool mom character might have been the best supporting actor of the movie - but there's some real truth - and love - in her somewhat painful attempts to be relevant and keep her daughter close. Moms of tweens and teenagers, you probably know what we're talking about.
"It's not my fault you're, like, in love with me or something!"
Second, there's never a reason to change yourself for a man - or anyone else! When Cady (Lindsay Lohan's character) pretends to be less intelligent to get the cool, popular guy's attention, it backfires and while hilarity does ensue, the movie definitely ends with her showing off her smarts and realizing that if a guy is intimated by her brilliance, that's his problem.
"That's So Fetch"
And this might be one of those movies that defies all genre expectations. After all, a lot of women (and men!) secretly love Mean Girls. And how will you know you've found a fellow Mean Girls fangirl? If it's Wednesday, they're probably wearing pink.
And if you feel the need to watch Mean Girls after reading this post, it's currently streaming on Netflix.