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Meet the Plastics: Mean Girls Musical movie review

Paramount Pictures
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The Mean Girls musical movie was a great twist from the original Mean Girls movie, which was released in 2004. 

The Broadway musical was initially released in 2017 and debuted on Broadway on April 8, 2018. 

The movie used the original Broadway songs, but had to cut a few from the film such as “Fearless”, “Where Do You Belong?”, “More Is Better”, and more. 

 After seeing the movie, I can say that Reneé Rapp, who plays Regina George, was the star of the movie. 

Rapp also played Regina on Broadway in 2019. 

With her breathtaking voice for Regina’s songs, “World Burn”, “Meet The Plastics”, “Someone Gets Hurt”, and an original song for the credits called, “Not My Fault” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Rapp did an outstanding embodying the role of Regina. 

Another actress who stood out to me was Avantika Vandanapu who acted as  Karen Smith but had the last name changed to Shetty. She did an amazing job bringing the oblivious side of Karen to life again.  

Bebe Wood, who acted as Gretchen Wieners, also did an excellent job with Gretchen’s song “What’s Wrong With Me?”. It focuses on Gretchen’s insecurities and how she seeks validation from Regina. 

Before the movie was even released, there was already backlash online saying that it would be a total failure and would not be as good as the original. 

Before seeing the movie, I was also worried that it would end up being a joke compared to the original movie. But after seeing it, I was shocked at how well they made the movie its own, with it still being a remake. 

However, if you are not a big fan of musicals, this movie may not be for you. 

Currently, it has a 70% score on rotten tomatoes, which I think is a good score considering it came out on January 12. 

In all, I think this movie would be rated an 8/10, with Rapp and Auliʻi Cravalho, who acted as  Janice, carrying the vocals.

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