It was Wednesday night, and we all wore pink for the special 10th anniversary celebration of the iconic film, Mean Girls, at Roscoes bar on Halsted and Roscoe.
The bar and nightclub transformed into a mean girly paradise adorned with pink balloons spelling out the word “fetch,” cut-out quotes plastered on pink poster boards spread uniformly throughout, and a ‘spring fling’ inspired sectioning off of the dance floor.
The night was a testament to the impact that Mean Girls has made on our culture, specifically the gay culture, where the film has become a quote-worthy pop culture phenomenon that has only ballooned in popularity thanks to internet memes and GIF’s.
Film aficionados were treated to some of the classic markers of the film, including candy cane grams (four for you Glen CoCo, you go Glen CoCo!), Kalteen bars that won’t make you gain weight, and plastic cutouts of the main characters faces.
The night was interspersed with chronologically ordered clips from the film and music videos from the films soundtrack.
Capping off the evening was a surprise appearance from Damian himself, Daniel Franzese, who came to support the anniversary, quoting his now famous line “I want my pink shirt back!” while shortly speaking to the crowd about making the movie.
Overall, the night was a special one for everyone, myself included, who really came of age with the film and propelled it into the cultural zeitgeist where saying “Boo, you whore” to a friend is not a mean-spirited dig, but a loving term of endearment.
I remember when I was 14 and my friend and I were debating which movie we should see in theaters. It was between Shrek 2 and Mean Girls.
At the time, I was way too proud, obviously closeted, and too macho aspiring to see a film like Mean Girls, about teenage girls weaving their way through the hellish throws of high school cliques.
My friend, who is straight, obviously was more comfortable with his sexuality at the time, and a lot more open than me, told me that his friends and his brother had already saw the film, and everyone loved it.
I felt marginally more comfortable seeing it after hearing that a bunch of butch guys had enjoyed the film.
I caved and we bought our tickets for Mean Girls.
While watching it, I knew that I was seeing something special, something bitingly dark, funny, smartly written, all while being sophisticated and unashamedly feminine.
I was wondering if my friend was thinking the exact opposite. Maybe he was regretting his pick and wishing he had gone with my safer choice of film.
After the movie, we walked out to Jamba Juice to get smoothies and before I could even ask him how he liked the film, he said,
“See? That was actually pretty funny, right?”
And that’s when I knew that Mean Girls was more than just an ordinary teen comedy, but a film that transcended genre standards and really touched at some universal truths about high school and friendships.
The film subverted the ‘chick flick’ genre and gave it strong themes with sharp writing that men and women of all ages could find funny and relate too, even the straight guys you would think would shy away from a film like this.
That is why, for the past 10 years, we have consistently had college viewing parties devoted to it, why we still sometimes catch it on TBS, and why we still quote it at a fervent pitch.
Mean Girls ultimately taps into our inner nostalgia all while serving us a heavy helping of sass, fun, and clever quotes…and that my friends, is pretty damn fetch, if you ask me.