Look, we know what you’re thinking. Regina George is life ruiner. She ruins people’s lives. In the words of the scorned and rightfully pissed-off Janis Ian, “Regina George is not sweet. She’s a scum-sucking road whore.” We’re completely aware that she is the villain of the 2004 classic, infinitely re-quotable comedy Mean Girls, but as Damian so profoundly put it, “She’s fabulous, but she’s evil.” Rachel McAdams’ Regina George definitely isn’t the most likable character to ever hit the big screen, but she’s the best part of a movie that’s filled with so many memorable characters. No, really.
Here are our 10 reasons why we pick Regina George, in all of her fabulously evil glory, as the best thing about Mean Girls.
She’s played by Rachel McAdams
It’s not just the fact that Regina George is played flawlessly by the beautiful and talented McAdams, it’s that it was during the year of Rachel McAdams. Mean Girls came out in 2004, the same year McAdams starred in her other defining role: Allie in The Notebook. Fun fact: Lindsay Lohan reportedly wanted to play Regina, but as fate and proper casting would have it, she’d play the flawed heroine Cady Heron. (Seriously, we can’t imagine those roles reversed, can you?) McAdams’ iconic performance won her the Breakthrough Female Award at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.
Her mom is played by the one and only Amy Poehler
She’s not one of the regular moms, either, she’s a cool mom!
She’s THE mean girl
What is Mean Girls without mean girls? While it’s debatable just how mean the rest of The Plastics are (Gretchen Wieners is mostly just insecure and Karen Smith is hopelessly clueless), Regina is certifiably mean. She’s as manipulative and phony as she is cruel, and that toxic dynamic makes her an even more ruthless leader. Regina George is the embodiment of everyone you feared and loathed in high school: the mean girl.
She’s a real trendsetter
As much as everyone feared Regina George, they also wanted to be just like her. Chalk it up to the fact that she was so beautiful or that she created a school-wide mystique that included gems like, “She has two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus” and “One time she met John Stamos on a plane, and he told her she was really pretty.” Regina George just had that otherworldly quality that would make girls blindly go along and cut strategically-placed holes in their shirts, just because she pulled it off.
She’s Can Make a Life-Threatening injury Look Good
See: above. Most girls would sooner skip their prom entirely than have to go sporting a neck brace, but Regina not only attended the Spring Fling in all her injured glory, she dressed up the neck brace and looked damn good doing it.
She Has All the Best Lines
“Stop trying to make fetch happen”; “Boo, you whore”; “Get in loser, we’re going shopping”; “So you agree, you think you’re really pretty?”; “I can’t go to Taco Bell, I’m on an all-carb diet!”; “Your hair looks so sexy pushed back”; “That is the ugliest offing skirt I have ever seen”; “Whatever, I’m getting cheese fries!”; “Is butter a carb?”; “Now I guess she’s on crack”; “You can go shave your back now”; “I really wanna lose three pounds,” and “I, like, invented her.” All Regina George.
She’s attracts some seriously hot dudes
She may not treat them especially well, but you’ve gotta give props to a lady who can bag the likes of both Shane Omen and Aaron Samuels.
Like any great villain, the movie’s always better when she’s on screen
Regina George is the center of her own universe, as well as the center of the Mean Girls universe. Think about it: every major conflict revolves around the actions of Regina George. Whenever she’s on screen, you know something great is about to go down, whether it’s sparking an all-girl, school-wide fight or an entry in the Burn Book.
She’s personally victimized everyone
She’s an equal opportunity mean girl.
She’s the one who goes through the biggest character arc
We may be actively rooting against Regina George throughout Mean Girls, but you’ve gotta give her credit, when she goes through a traumatic physical accident, she actually changes for the better. While all of the girls learn some pretty important lessons about themselves and their behavior, Regina is the one who makes the biggest turnaround. By the end of the movie, she’s no longer a mean queen bee, but a team player. (Quite literally, on the lacrosse team.)
[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]