📅 Thursday, January 11th – Thursday, January 25th
⏰ 7:30 pm
📍 SIFF Cinema Downtown: 2100 4th Ave, Seattle
A movie becomes a hit with one generation of teens, the hit becomes a stage musical roughly a decade later, the stage musical becomes a hit for another generation of teens, then the stage musical becomes a movie. Such is the path of Mean Girls: The Musical, releasing 21 years after Tina Fey/Mark Waters’ original film. Feel old yet?
Don’t worry, because Reneé Rapp has enough star quality to rip you from your daily doldrums and send you careening right back into high school, where every perceived slight felt like the end of the world and every crush felt like you were the first person to discover love. Rapp, a newly minted pop star who I best know as Leighton on Max’s underrated comedy The Sex Lives of College Girls, is going to eat up the big screen with her turn as Regina George, North Shore High’s Queen Bee. (She also played the role on Broadway.) Consider it a solidification of the singer/actress’ rise to glory.
The rest of the ensemble boasts Angourie Rice (Mare of Easttown) as protagonist Cady, Auli’i Cravalho (Moana in Moana) and Jacquel Spivey (A Strange Loop) as friends/outsiders Janis and Damian, and Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Busy Phillips (Freaks & Geeks) as Cady and Regina’s moms, plus Fey and Tim Meadows reprising their original teacher/principal film roles. So if you missed the Broadway tour a couple years back, thank Paramount for pushing this movie into theaters instead of straight to streaming. Because musicals deserve the biggest room possible.
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