Larry Tomczak’s Parental Advisory: Why I Watched the ‘Mean Girls’ Movie

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Larry Tomczak

Why’d I do it? Hopefully, to help you as a parent, grandparent or youth pastor plus continue to make a contribution to rescue this upcoming generation from Hollywood’s seductive influences harming our youth. This movie, which follows “Anyone But You,” is a romantic comedy aimed at millennials and centered on fornication, a lesbian “wedding,” nudity, a tsunami of profanity and mockery of whatever is left of the sanctity of marriage.

“Hey Mom/Dad, is it OK if I go see the hot new musical everyone’s seeing? My boyfriend asked me to go see ‘Mean Girls.’ It’s PG-13! Remember the first one from years ago? It’s a lotta’ fun with lessons to learn about bullying. Please? Pretty please!”

Clueless and compliant Dad/Mom: “Sure, why not?”

Not so fast! If you think this remake of the 2004 Lindsay Lohan cult classic that was spun off as a Broadway musical (produced by “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels) is simply harmless fun, you need to give a listen. I went to preview the film, and it’s gone the same way SNL has gone, from creative comedy to perverse parody. Decency and morality have gotten the heave-ho and been delivered to the dumpster!

Toxic for Teens

This film is dangerous for your easily influenced, often peer-dependent and naïve young people. Because there happens to be a somewhat socially redeemable element shouldn’t obscure the avalanche of sexually provocative and foul-mouthed language assaulting the senses from start to finish. Don’t be misled by reviews promoting it as “entertaining” and “family fare.”

One of my roles as a Christian journalist and cultural commentator is that of a watchman. In Ezekiel 3, the prophet sat silently engaged in observation and reflection in order to survey the scene and address things responsibly. We parents and grandparents should regularly emulate this prophetic leader so we stay informed on influences impacting those for whom we are accountable and who need our guidance in an increasingly post-Christian America.

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10 Fast Facts

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 (JB Phillips), “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould.” This movie presents a narrative and overview of high school as something of a pint-size Playboy party where one of the songs, “Sexy,” epitomizes the raunchfest.

Rather than reading a lengthy movie review, check out my 10 takeaways. Some may push back by saying the flick’s exaggeration was all part of the hilarious satire, but that sounds like the single guy rationalizing pornography as a good way to prepare for marriage.

1. The central character is a gullible homeschooled girl who is easily led to conform to “cool” classmates who are basically immoral, and she’s easily seduced into seeking acceptance by doing whatever is necessary to fit in with the in-crowd. Additionally, a teacher is involved with two students (one gay and the other a lesbian) and a mother offers a teen couple caught in the bedroom a condom; this “cool mom” offers others alcohol.

2. The high school cast of characters consists of sex seekers, homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders plus braggadocio gals proud of the sexual notches on their miniskirt and midriff belts.

3. Almost all of the starlet’s female friends handle conflict without civility, and instead use hostility when a book of gossip surfaces. Girls are regularly labeled in crude terms.

4. Pottymouth talk abounds throughout, including references to male and female genitals, clever slurring of more offensive expletives, plus God’s name is taken in vain at least a dozen times.

5. A girl leads the group by flashing a middle finger and exhorting her classmates to join the fun, while an instructor exposes herself in a bra to her class and a “hip” teacher kisses a student passionately.

6. Dating is presented more like mating and a path to popularity and getting guys. The leader of the pack leads the girls in dressing provocatively, as she is introduced by opening her top to flash cleavage. A guy boasts he can guess girls’ bra sizes if they’ll jump, so a girl willingly obliges.


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7. Hating the “queen bee” as a “scum-sucking life” is fine.

8. Modesty is out the window in favor of being “hot” and lusted after by guys who can then be the sexy girl’s latest “crush.” At a dance where trans couples float around (guys in dresses and gals in suits) a foolish girl turns around to expose her underpants. Another mom excitedly snaps a picture of her daughter dressed for a Halloween party in scantily clad attire.

9. The mother of the homeschooler is a people-pleaser who, soon after damage is done, encourages her daughter to just stay the course instead of “flee from evil” (2 Tim. 2:22).

10. One girl comes out as lesbian; a trans guy goes into the girl’s bathroom and ponders female names; safe sex options are listed on the screen for the class; and lust is celebrated in an atmosphere where it’s obvious there’s no moral code.

Here’s the deal: Is this the kind of moral formation and so-called entertainment you want for your son or daughter and grandson or granddaughter? The book of Proverbs was written to give practical direction for our youth and tells us, “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov. 13:20, CSB). Young people don’t need to watch sinful conduct but rather should be taught its consequences.

God tells us His design is not mean girls but clean girls who shine as lights in the darkness. “Our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace” (Ps. 144:12b, NIV).

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Larry Tomczak, author of 10 books, is a cultural commentator of 50 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). and he has a variety of resources on his website (see www.larrytomczak.com). You can also hear his weekly podcast here.

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