Neil Flynn: Mean Girls helped launch 'biggest' women in comedy

'Mean Girls' has helped to launch the "biggest women in comedy" and was the beginning of Tina Fey's rise to "global domination", says Neil Flynn

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Neil Flynn

'Mean Girls' has helped to launch the "biggest women in comedy", says Neil Flynn.

The 53-year-old actor starred in 2004's comedy opposite Linsday Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Tina Fey and insists the film helped these stars kick-start their successful careers.

Talking to website Digital Spy, he said: "I think 'Mean Girls' was a kind of significant movie.

"It was a very successful comedy and it was also before 'Bridesmaids' and it really launched some of today's biggest women in comedy.

"It was the beginning of Tina's rise to global domination. I think that movie is a touchstone for a lot of people. In the same way 'Animal House' was for my generation really."

A decade after the release of the original which received sparkling reviews and became a box office success, grossing $129,042,871 worldwide, he insists he didn't realise what a "big deal" it would be.

Flynn added: "I didn't necessarily think it would be a big deal but I knew that it would be funny because Tina wrote it."

Mean Girls

  • 4 stars
  • 2004
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mark S Waters
  • Written by: Tina Fey (screenplay), Rosalind Wiseman (book)
  • Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Lizzy Caplan
  • UK release: 18 June 2004

Raised in Africa by zoologist parents, Cady Heron (Lohan) thinks she knows about survival of the fittest. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters school for the first time and encounters the peculiar cliquey world of the girl teenager. Acerbic, clever teen drama…

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