Ten years ago, Tina Fey made a name for herself outside of SNL by writing Mean Girls, and made Lindsey Lohan a star outside of children’s movies. But even if you have half the dialogue memorized, there are more things to learn about Mean Girls. For instance:
1. Age was just a number for the cast. Amy Poehler plays McAdams’ mother in the film, though the actresses are only seven years apart. Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams are supposed to be in the same grade, when in reality, Lindsay Lohan would have been in the 4th grade when McAdams was a high school senior.
5. The difference between PG-13 and R. The dialogue of two scenes had to be altered in order for the film to secure a PG-13 rating. The first, involved Cady being asked if “her muffin was buttered,” with the line originally being “Is your cherry popped?” The second, was the line referring to the girl who “made out with a hot dog.” The original line, “Amber D’Alessio gave a blow job to a hot dog” was too racy for the censors to allow a PG-13 rating.
The scene where Cady walks in on Jason and Gretchen kissing was also more salacious in the original script, with Gretchen performing oral sex on Jason. Jason’s chances of getting to third base with Gretchen were cut to help the movie secure its PG-13 rating.
Those weren’t the only arguments that made the difference between a PG-13 and an R rating for Mean Girls. Read the rest of the list at FilmDrunk.