Mean Girls returns to theaters as a film adaptation of the Broadway musical (adapted from the original film) which never finds a reason to justify its existence. I don’t know what conversations happened surrounding creating a musical based off the 2004 Mean Girls movie, but the music and lyrics scream off-Broadway in all the worst ways. I’m no theatre purist, but even I was cringing at the simple songs and at how what once was a hilarious story has now been turned into something unnecessary. For the TikTok generation there’s surely plenty that will appeal to visual sensibilities, but this adaption feels like the furthest thing from the original.
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