13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

'Fetch,’ although cute in theory, will just never happen.

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When Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, I don’t think she could have imagined the impact that it would have. Released in 2004, the movie is going to be 12 years old this year and it’s still just as fantastic the 100th time you watch it as it was the first go-around.

It’s something to which every generation of teenagers can relate and I imagine if you were to sit down your own daughter and make her watch it with you 15 years from now, she’d love it, too.

The obvious entertainment value of Mean Girls aside, it also has a lot important lessons to teach audiences. While some are more relevant than others, they’re all equally important. Here are 13 of those lessons.

1. “Be careful in the company of monsters that you don't become one.”

Although this quote isn’t from the movie (it’s from Cindy Gerard’s Take No Prisoners), it’s basically the entire plot of Mean Girls in one sentence.

If you hang out with Regina George, you will become Regina George.

13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

2. Karma is a bitch.

You can only be a horrible person for so long, before it all comes back to bite you in the ass. And when it does, you become the most hated person at school, you get grounded for the first time in your life, and suddenly your mom is scared of you – I mean, pretty much.

3. Just because you can’t stop the rumor mill, doesn’t mean you need to help turn it.

13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

Gossip is soooo addictive. But the problem with gossip and aiding and abetting rumors is that you’ll eventually find there’s one about you, too, and that will suck.

4. Every community has their own version of ‘The Plastics.’

Whether it’s your job, your apartment building, your yoga class, or any other group you find yourself in, there will always be Plastics. You just need to accept it… and try not to get pulled into their fakery.

5. Never dumb yourself down for a guy.

I feel like this should go without saying, but… come on! Aaron Samuels wasn’t even that cute! Even with his hair pushed back!

6. Phys-ed teachers are the last people you should turn to for sexual health help.

13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

If you, at any point in your life, think you have an STD or you’re pregnant or you need help with learning how to put on a condom, it’s best if you ask anyone – ANYONE – in the world for guidance except a gym teacher. They are, to be honest, fairly useless… which I think can be said about anyone who forces kids to play dodgeball.  

7. ‘Fetch,’ although cute in theory, will just never happen.

It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t. And it’s confusing and simply isn’t catchy enough to really get off the ground. Sorry, Gretchen Wieners.

8. You should always admit when you’re wrong.

You will be wrong in your life many, many, many times. And that will be OK. It’s when you don’t admit that you’re wrong that things get sticky. So, always do the right thing and admit when you’ve effed up.

9. Never let the haters in your life rain on your parade.

13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

Because when you do, they win. You can’t go through life letting other people win just because they’re too angry to stop the hate and let you do your thing.

10. We’re all just looking for a place where we feel like we belong.

Whether it’s a popular kid, a nerdy kid, a girl with too many feelings, or a guy “too gay to function,” we all just want to belong.

11. You definitely don’t want to be a ‘cool’ mom when you grow up.

13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

On paper, being the “cool” mom seems kinda awesome, but then just think about how silly you’ll look at 40 still dressing and acting like a 17-year-old. Also, it’s very likely that your kids will never go in public with you because of it.

12. Never ditch the people who welcomed you into their lives free of judgment.

We all judge. Even if we don’t like to admit to it. But when you’re lucky enough to meet people who welcome you immediately, as Janice and Damian did for Cady, you should never let them go. Those type of person is a rare find.

13. On Wednesdays, we wear pink.

13 Things We Learned From 'Mean Girls'

Well, duh.