Lizzy Caplan

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  • Symbolism In Mean Girls

    High School is a period in adolescence where identities are found within the self by figuring out where they belong in this world. That can be hard especially for teens like Cady Heron in the 2004 movie Mean Girls directed by Mark Waters based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes which encompasses females in high school cliques and how damaging it can be for development to girls. Cady Heron is a 16 year old who has just moved back to the states after living in Africa for her parents zoology research. Being home schooled by her mother her whole life, she has never experienced public school but is eager to begin what she calls “a regular teenage life”. Although she is knowledgeably prepared for what is to come academically having a strong side in math, no one could prepare her for the social culture that is deeply but sometimes dramatized rooted in high school. Her struggle is described by Erikson as an “identity crisis”; figuring out where one fits in society (Erikson, 1956). Throughout the duration of the film, Cady’s identity formation phases in and out of negative identity In her first days of institutionalized high school. Negative identity is an identity based on all the identifications and roles which were described at critical stages of development as dangerous and undesirable and yet also so real (Erikson, 1956). She narrates the film through her perspective and stereotypes that are present in the film. At the beginning of the plot Cady’s parents talk to her as though…

    Words: 1910 - Pages: 8
  • Functionalism In Mean Girls

    When someone blurts out the word “high school”, what’s your first initial thought? I don’t know about you, but “cliques” are the first thought to my mind. The media is drowning in films that portray the idea of “cliques”, but personally, I believe the film Mean Girls is the best representation of the world of cliques. Means Girls is a teen classic, and I can almost bet the majority of my generation has seen or at least heard of it. It is American teen comedy film that manifests the harsh…

    Words: 750 - Pages: 3
  • Lisa Temple Interview

    films? As you know, TV shows are fast-paced with quick (often weekly) deadlines per episode. That makes for really intense work – there isn’t a lot of time to fix things or do take after take like a film set allows. Actors have to be able to nail their characters immediately so the crew can move onto the next setup. There’s very little tolerance for actors who can’t bring it right away. On Masters Of Sex, they were ready to shoot my scene, and I was waiting for "Action," but I never heard it.…

    Words: 2099 - Pages: 9
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