5. You can’t just skip class and get away with it.
The first day Cady goes to school, Janis gets her to skip class and they just hang out on the grass like nothing ever happened. No one finds out, no one calls Cady’s parents, and she isn’t even marked cutting in health class. Not realistic at all. If you cut class, teachers find out usually by the end of the day, if not the next day. Your parents get called or notified, and most likely you’ll end up grounded.
4. People who aren’t students at school can’t just show up to assemblies.
Remember the famous “she doesn’t even go here” quote? Well–in all honesty, the girl didn’t go to that school, but somehow managed to break into a school assembly to join in because “she likes discussing her feelings?” Never would happen. Schools have ID scanning processes and checks at the entrances to ensure there are no randoms walking in–especially with the dangers that occur across the country today. Additionally, I’m sure the school administration wouldn’t just tell a random girl to “go home,” when she’s broken into their school–tresspassing, essentially.
3. Parents don’t let you walk all over them.
We see that not only does Regina run things at school, but she also runs things at home. The minute Cady comes over to her house, Regina shows her the “master bedroom” that she “made her parents give her.” In what world would any parent ever allow their teenage daughter to walk all over them in that way? Not this one. Aside from the bossiness of Regina towards her mother, we know that no mother is going to walk in on their teenage daughter mounting a boy and offer a condom–ever.
2. No one goes to school wearing a mini-skirt and high heels.
Aside from the multiple dress code violations present in the movie, the attire of students is completely unrealistic. What teenager is going to wear stilettos to class? None that I know. The outfits are outrageously unrealistic, as no teacher would let any student into their classroom wearing a skirt short enough to show their asscheeks–and, that’s not being sexist, it’s just being responsible. No parent would ever let their child show up to school in some of the outfits The Plastics rocked.
1. “Girl World” is not always a jungle.
The entire movie is surrounded by the idea that girls are nothing but nasty, petty, caddy individuals who live to and thrive on taking other women down. Sure, there are some girls out there who are like this–but the majority of women are not so cruel. High school can for sure be filled with drama and petty nonsense, but in all reality, you usually don’t have a traumatic, fighting-filled, life-changing experience in high school. Most people are still trying to grow up, figure themselves out, and get into a good college–not try to sleep with as many guys as they can/tear down the “Queen B.” Girl world can actually be a supportive, strengthening, and inspirational place, not a cut-throat jungle. I find that more often today, high school girls are more likely to lift each other up than tear each other down.