Mean Girls (2024) parent guide: Is the reboot suitable for kids?

The Mean Girls reboot is out in theaters, and your teenagers likely want to go see it. Is this a movie suitable for them?

Bebe Wood plays Gretchen, Renee Rapp plays Regina and Avantika plays Karen in Mean Girls from Paramount Pictures. Photo: Jojo Whilden/Paramount © 2023 Paramount Pictures.
Bebe Wood plays Gretchen, Renee Rapp plays Regina and Avantika plays Karen in Mean Girls from Paramount Pictures. Photo: Jojo Whilden/Paramount © 2023 Paramount Pictures. /
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Are your teenagers asking to see Mean Girls in theaters? Some may not have realized that it’s a reboot of the 2004 movie, while others have seen that one and now they want to know what the reboot is like.

As a parent, you need to see what the age rating is for any movie out in theaters. Mean Girls is rated PG-13, which means that it is suitable for teenagers. In fact, some younger children may appreciate the story, but you’ll want to head to theaters to see them.

I’d say tweens will be alright with this movie, but anything younger and it’s just not going to be that interesting for them. Of course, it depends on the interests of children. I’ll work with my eight-year-old’s interests and she wants Sonic Prime and not Mean Girls.

Mean Girls PG-13 rating explained

Still, before you take the kids to the theaters, you’ll want to know why the movie has been given such a rating. You already have an idea of the story thanks to the Lindsay Lohan movie, but what about this one? Are there some substantial changes?

The biggest change is that this movie is more of a musical than the other. There are some zesty songs, but there’s nothing too inappropriate for children.

This movie is more focused on the anti-bullying message. It’s a great lesson for teenagers so they can see what bullying does and why they should be on the side that tries to bring it to an end in schools. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

There is some sexual material. You’ll also see some drug use and language. These are common in TV-14 and PG-13 movies as the movies offer a realistic look at the lives of teenagers.

The MF word is used once, but it is bleeped out to add to the comedy of the movie. The middle finger is also used at points throughout the movie, as well as some other words such as the S-word, b*****d, s**t, and b***h. The language is rated “moderate” on IMDb, while all the other reasons for a movie to be PG-13 are “mild.”

If you don’t mind your children watching the 2004 movie, then you’ll be fine with this one.

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Mean Girls is now out in theaters.