Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Forgotten Characters 2:3

Comic relief is usually a good way of becoming a remembered in films, but comic relief in a comedy that’s already funny is no guarantee that you’ll be remembered. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who remembers this entry, but I know quite a few who don’t. Unfortunately so, since she’s a top notch comedienne. So, here’s a look at a funny lady who’s become forgotten:
Amy Poehler in Mean Girls
As Mrs. George
Amy Poehler is too young for the role of Rachel McAdams’ mother; that much is obvious. However, in Mean Girls with the aid of a fake breasts and a plastic-like makeup we have her transformed - kind of. We first meet her on our visit to Regina’s house where she brings drinks to the Plastics and Cady. An apprehensive Cady asks if any liquour is involved to which Poehler deadpans: No. What kind of mother do you think I am? Do you want some though? Because if you’re going to drink, I’d rather you do it in the house. Cady smiles dubiously and we can’t help but laugh. As an SNL stalwart Amy is notorious for her comedic timing. However, her speaking lines are not what sell me on her character - it's her expressions. At the Christmas concert as the Plastics do their annual dance of Jingle Bell Rock, the camera alternately cuts to Amy in the aisle dancing in tandem – every gyration, every twist of the hip. It is one of the funniest moments of Mean Girls and it works because we completely believe that this woman is living vicariously through her daughter and friends. It’s as she tells them, You keep me young.
Do you remember Amy? Or did all the funniness in Mean Girls obscure her


Anonymous said...

I love Amy Poehler in Mean Girls. Maybe because I know a handful of mothers like her.

Rachel McAdams is probably closer in age to Amy Poehler than the Lindsay Lohan.

Jude said...

Amy Poehler is so classic in Mean Girls. EVERYBODY is classic in Mean Girls. It's the definitive high school movie of the aughts. Please keep this series up, I love it!

joe burns said...

Oh, I love this movie! Poher is really memorable!

M. Carter @ the Movies said...

Nice one! Nobody paid attention to Amy Poehler on account of McAdams going full megabitch and Lindsay Lohan squeezin' those tatas in itty-bitty shirts, but she was great as Regina's mom. She was funny, but underneath that she hinted at sadness, the way some parents are so clueless about what their kids want and need.

Lizzie Kaplan was fantastic too. My favorite scene in the whole movie is when Janis says seeing teachers outside of school is like "seeing a dog walk on its hind legs." Price-less.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

emily you know people like this? that's unnerving.

jude i definitely will be keeping this series up.

joe glad you're a fan.

m.carter "on account of McAdams going full megabitch and Lindsay Lohan squeezin' those tatas in itty-bitty shirts"

guilty as charged :)

Castor said...

Dead on! Rachel McAdams stole the show but Amy Poehler was excellent herself. She was able to extract a laugh from the viewer every time she was on screen and is a very talented comedian. Ah... great movie!

Marcy said...

It's a shame I didn't celebrate her performance when I first watched Mean Girls. But thinking back, she was awesome in that role.

But she didn't steal the spotlight away from Rachel McAdams. Now, that was an amazing breakthrough performance.