It's been 10 years since Mean Girls was released, and my, how things have changed. Three of the four female leads are household names (albeit for different reasons), with Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried both commanding huge salaries as A-list movie stars and Lindsay Lohan, well, doing Liz & Dick. (Best of luck to you on your journey, Linds.)
But what about the forgotten Plastic — Gretchen Wieners, played by Lacey Chabert? She still has plenty of name recognition but her star did not continue to ascend at the rate of her co-stars. It's easy to forget that when the film was made, she was arguably the most established actress among the young talent (although Lohan's name was probably hotter), past roles on Party of Five and a string of hit comedies.
So what happened to Lacey Chabert? Let's take a look at her most recent effort — which is currently streaming on Netflix.
One amazing thing about this rom-com is that it stars so many talented young actors and actresses who, for whatever reason, never really happened. Listen to this cast: not only Lacey Chabert, but Jenna Dewan (Channing Tatum's wife), Haylie Duff (Hilary Duff's sister), Kip Pardue (hot), Jonathan Bennett (who was also in Mean Girls!) and Simon Rex (porn star turned MTV VJ)? It's a veritable cornucopia of vaguely recognizable names!
The gist of the movie is this: Chabert plays Dale, a nice girl who moves to Los Angeles but just can't seem to find a good guy; Jonathan Bennett (that's Aaron Samuels) plays her gay best friend, whose name is Seven, and that tells you more or less all you need to know about his character.
Chabert shuffles through one bad romantic encounter after the next, pining after her male best friend Zach (Pardue), who's now a successful musician. Chris Kattan is underutilized as the boyfriend of Dale's bitchy friend Jill (Duff), and the trite dialogue never transcends the pedestrian. Mostly, the movie just feels like a waste of wasted talent — there's potential here, you can tell.
That's not to say the film isn't without its highlights — it's nice to see some of these familiar old faces a few years later, a little more grown up and generally not much worse for wear.
As a pleasant diversion, Single is worth a watch — especially for those into turn-of-the-millennium nostalgia and in need of a way to kill a few hours.
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