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    Filed at 5:54 am under by dcobranchi

    I think this reviewer brought some prejudices with him into the screening room:

    DVD Review

    Mean Girls might seem like a comic indictment of high school cliques and the rampant backstabbing within them, but it’s really about the dangers of home schooling—at least that’s how it struck me. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) has spent the bulk of her life in the African jungle, frolicking with animals with her zoologist parents (Ana Gasteyer and Neil Flynn). But when her family relocates to preppy Evanston, Illinois and Cady enrolls in public school, she finds lions and tigers are pussycats compared to the stuck-up rhymes-with-witches who rule North Shore High. Cady may be smart, but home schooling has made her a social retard—she doesn’t understand teen lingo, knows nothing of pop culture, and is clueless about school hierarchy, etiquette, and peer interaction.

    8 Responses to “MOVIE REVIEW”

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 8:26 am

    “she doesn’t understand teen lingo, knows nothing of pop culture, and is clueless about school hierarchy, etiquette, and peer interaction.”

    The fact that the reviewer considers any of this to be important tells us all we need to know.

    Comment by
    Mike Peach
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 8:33 am

    Beat me to it Chris.

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 9:48 am

    The fact that she was in *Africa* had nothing to do with it.

    Heaven forbid someone should have a decade without experiencing soul-crushing peer politics. I shudder to imagine that poor girl out in th jungle, learning from her family, observing nature, interacting with people who live in non-age segregated communities.

    Someone stop the insanity!

    ::rolls eyes::

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 2:24 pm

    Let’s rephrase it just for fun. “The author of this article may be smart, but once in prison he found himself a social retard. He doesn’t seem to understand prison lingo, was clueless about the inmate hierarchy or peer interaction.” And now let’s draw the same conclusion just for fun. Ergo, freedom is inferior to prison because you don’t have the same social skills as prisoners do.

    Comment by
    September 22nd, 2004
    at 7:41 pm

    Gee my daughter watches the Wild Thornberries on Nickoledean & thinks it’s cool that they ride around in a bus in the jungle & while they don’t come right out & say it…. They must be homeschoolers
    & two years ago she was thrilled to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween because she felt that Alice is a homeschooler too… just w/ a tutor

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 2:10 am

    Actually, if I remember the movie right, Cady would have been a better person had she NOT been exposed to a public high school. She started out being sensitive and caring, and related well to adults. High school then turned her into a heartless priss.

    The important socialization that children should have by 18 is how they relate to other people as adults, and I’ve found that the homeschoolers I know do that very well, while most public schoolers do it very poorly. They’re kids, and they let the world know it. Sad that the reviewer doesn’t get that.

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2004
    at 11:08 am


    I think the reviewer does get it – remember Aesop’s “Sour Grapes”? If someone has something naturally attractive that another doesn’t have and can’t understand enough to acquire, today’s social choice is to malign and demean that something.

    He sees it. He just can’t or won’t aquire or understand it.

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    September 22nd, 2004
    at 2:38 pm

    Ignorance Is Bliss . . .

    {Link stolen from Homeschool & Other Education Stuff}

    Mean Girls is out on DVD . . . apparently. Whether I will end up watching the DVD or not is totally irrelevant. No, I’m more interested in this quote from the reviewer of said movie: