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"Mean Girls 2": the Ugliest Effing Movie We'll Ever Never See

By Kim Bellware in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 23, 2010 9:40PM

2010_11_MeanGirls2.jpg Whenever Hollywood feels like phoning one in, retreading successful territory in the form of a sequel or a reboot are two of the safest routes. On the heels of the sacrilegious news that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie will happen without Buffy creator Joss Whedon, we caught wind of a sequel to "Mean Girls"--sans writer Tina Fey.

"Mean Girls 2" won't open open until February of next year, but already the trailer has us cringing at what's to come. Of course, for a straight-to-video film, expectations shouldn't be too high, but it's still disappointing to see a sequel made of a terrific film without any of the guts that made the original so strong and funny. Too bad the film's producers aren't taking a page from the Christopher Nolan playbook: shoot scenes in Chicago, have good actors, boost local economy with the filming, make an awesome film. Repeat for sequel.

Though partially shot in Ontario, Fey's 2004 hit was set in the North Shore and featured Northwestern University, a few location shots of Chicago, plenty of former Chicagoans and Second City alums--including NU alum Ana Gastayer, Tim Meadows and Amy Poehler. It's not yet known whether "Mean Girls 2" will return the setting to "North Shore High School" in Evanston, but it's confirmed that Fey will not be writing this certain-to-fail follow-up.

In addition to lacking a screenplay full of Fey's zingers, none of the original core cast members are returning for "Mean Girls 2"--except Meadows, who will be reprising his role as Principal Duvall. To that all we can say is: "boo, you whore."