Mean Girls 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Mildly amusing sequel follows same "be yourself" storyline.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 68 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Ultimately the movie's messages are positive, because it shows how popularity and jealousy lead to a self-centeredness that's ugly and cruel. The story demonstrates that popularity isn't as important as finding true friends, whether they're deemed "cool" or not.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Plastics are awful role models, but so is Jo until she redeems herself. Her actions are even more questionable when she starts acting like the Mean Girls, but in the end, her ability to admit her mistakes and ask for forgiveness makes her a positive role model -- because even though she's flawed, she makes the right decision.

Violence

Some roughhousing during a touch football game.

Sex

Several instances of passionate kissing, sometimes in the high school. A few references to virginity (as if it were an affliction) and "late" first kisses, one character's "raging libido," and three girls who regret "putting out." In one scene, a boy throws up on his girlfriend during a public make-out session. Two high-school relationships are followed in the story -- one of which is based on status and looks, and the other of which is a much more positive example of teen romance.

Language

Frequent uses of the words "bitch" and "ass," as well as other insults like "dumb," "stupid," "lame," "moron," "creep." The word "virgin" is spat out as if it were a nasty insult.

Consumerism

Many close-ups and mentions of vehicles, including Porsche, Vespa, Smartcar, and more. Designer brands like Prada (their bags make an appearance in a pivotal scene) and Versace are mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this follow-up to the hit movie Mean Girls has all-new characters but still deals with always-relevant teen issues like popularity, sexuality, and status seeking. There's some relatively salty language -- especially "ass" and "bitch" -- and several references to high-school relationships, whether it's to a promiscuous girl who trades make-out sessions for homework or the "embarassment" of still being a virgin who's only kissed one boy. Consumerism and materialism are referred to on an ongoing basis, especially cars and fashion designers. The upside is that families who watch can have thorough discussions about the mean girls they've encountered themselves.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRoxyroller February 13, 2011

TERRIBLE MOVIE. DO NOT SEE

WOW. All I can say it was a HUGE waste of time and money. The movie was not good in any way. The cast was so ugly an they areDISNEY STARS! once I saw that I kne... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 year old Written byMeangirls2 February 1, 2011

SUCKED. Not good for any age.

This movie SUCKED . The profanity seemed forced and unnatural. The actors were just horrible. The story line was almost the exact same as the first. And can som... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byemkat97 April 3, 2011

No. God no. This is so bad.

If you liked the first one, you will HATE HATE HATE (I repeat, HATE) this one. It's not funny. The cattiness is annoying and stupid. The plot is pointless.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylisa.beth.rose June 29, 2011

STAY AWAY.

Mean girls 2-- AKA Tina Fey's best movie destroyed. It follows a couple of stick figure girls and their quest to be popular. The main character is actual... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jo Mitchell (Meaghan Martin) is perpetually the new girl in school. The daughter of a NASCAR mechanic (Linden Ashby), she's spending her senior year at North Shore High, her sixth school in four years. Usually, Jo keeps to herself, but when she stands up to a trio of girls who rule the school -- queen bee Mandi (Maiara Walsh), vapid sexpot Chastity (Claire Holt), and well-dressed germaphobe Hope (Nicole Gale Anderson) -- she finds herself the target of their mean-girl viciousness. Confusing matters is the class' wealthy wallflower, Abby (Jennifer Stone), whose rich father offers Jo college tuition in exchange for befriending Abby. Jo accepts the deal and winds up becoming best friends with Abby, falling for Mandi's sweet stepbrother Tyler (Diego Gonzalez Boneta) and eventually rivaling the Plastics for social control of the school.

Is it any good?

Like most teen-targeted, made-for-TV movies, MEAN GIRLS 2 has decent production values, veteran young actors, and a very predictable plot. Anyone who's seen the original Tina Fey-penned, Lindsay Lohan-starring comedy will know pretty much exactly what's happening from the opening credits. But Jo, unlike Lohan's Cady, doesn't become one of the Plastics; she creates her own Anti-Plastics clique that takes on the alpha girls. But otherwise, the clique's name is the same, the girls fall into the same exact stereotypes (one dim, promiscuou blond a la Amanda Seyfried and one high-strung, brunette fashionista like Lacey Chabert), and the story arc about the protagonist becoming a little too much like the Mean Girls is the same as well. It would have been better if the writers had come up with a more original story that didn't ape the original as much.

The actors are all small-screen alums who know the drill, and Tim Meadows reprises his role as a principal who kinda hates the students but can't really do anything to stop their appalling behavior. Parts of the movie are a bit ridiculous (what upper-middle-class school allows toy dogs or blatant bullying?), but it's the conversations this movie can inspire that make it worth checking out. Every school has its Mean Girls (and Mean Guys), and it's worthwhile to see this with your teens and tweens and then gauge how they handle clique worship and exclusivity. And if you haven't seen the original, definitely give it a go; it looks like a master class compared to this TV-fied version.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "mean girls" phenomenon. How do your kids deal with them at their school?

  • In this movie, why do girls get called a "bitch" nastily if they have boyfriends or a "virgin" nastily if they haven't gone all the way? Is it OK to make fun of people for their sexual experience or lack thereof? Teens: What kinds of expectations are there around sexuality in your school?

  • The Plastics are materialistic and brand-obsessed. How do high-schoolers handle consumerism when it comes to cars and clothes -- especially if they can't afford to buy what's designer and trendy?

Movie details

For kids who love high school stories

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