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How is "Mean Girls" satire?

Asked by NivensMcTwisp (13points) November 27th, 2012

I have to write a short page explaining how the movie “Mean Girls” is a satire, but I don’t quite understand it. I know it’s about high school and bullying, or something. But I don’t know exactly how it’s satire.

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livelaughlove21's avatar

How is it not? It’s basically an hour and a half of making the “popular girls” and their followers look stupid. They were all ditzy, dumb, and self-centered – the kind of girls you laugh at, not the kind you’re friends with. They exaggerated the way many people think of those girls and made it comical. I mean, the whole ‘Regina gets hit by a bus’ thing was pretty clear. And the girls cutting out the boobs of their shirts because she did it. That would never actually happen, of course.

“One time, she punched me in the face. It was awesome.”

And in the end we realize how crazy we’re acting and decide to all be friends and live happily ever after. As if that would ever happen in high school…

ZEPHYRA's avatar

It is nothing but satire! It satirizes a fake, plastic teen society that focuses on appearance and believes they can get away with murder simply because they are the glamorous bunch!

SavoirFaire's avatar

Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, and/or ridicule to expose and criticize stupidity or vice, particularly in the context of some topical issue.

Is bullying a topical issue? Does the movie use humor, irony, exaggeration, and/or ridicule to approach the issue? In approaching the issue, is the movie especially concerned with pointing out that bullying is stupid and/or vicious?

If the answer to all of those questions is “yes,” then you should be well on your way to understanding how the movie qualifies as satire. Now you just have to explain why the answer to those questions is “yes” in the form of a paper.

LostInParadise's avatar

Did you feel that the film poked fun of the girls who acted like bullies? I have not seen the film, but I found this review , which took the view that the film glorified the mean girls more than it satirized them. Maybe this more closely aligns with how you felt about the film. If so, then that is what you should write.

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The rest is up to you.

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