So, What’s the Occasion?
Well, if you’ve been scrolling through social media, you might have noticed a familiar phrase trending: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” A slice of pop culture history has come back to life, and it’s all thanks to Walmart. The retail giant dropped a Black Friday ad featuring a mini-reunion of the original “Mean Girls” cast. Yes, you read that right: Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried are back as grown-up versions of Cady Heron, Gretchen Wieners, and Karen Smith, respectively.
Where’s Regina George?
Unfortunately, Rachel McAdams, who portrayed the Queen Bee, Regina George, is missing from this reunion. However, the trio keeps the spirit alive with their iconic pink outfits and slang, from “grool” to the ever-illusive “fetch.”
The Timely Twist
The cast isn’t just back for nostalgia’s sake. They’re navigating the all-too-familiar territory of North Shore High School and suburbia, all while promoting Walmart’s Black Friday deals. The ad also features some other familiar faces from the supporting cast, including Daniel Franzese and Rajiv Surendra.
More Mean Girls on the Horizon
The timing of this ad is interesting, considering a movie adaptation of the “Mean Girls” musical is set to hit theaters in 2024. The film stars Angourie Rice as Cady and Reneé Rapp as Regina, both filling in some pretty iconic shoes. And speaking of original cast members, Tina Fey and Tim Meadows will reprise their roles as the quirky teachers we all know and love.
During a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Fey couldn’t resist making a joke about her reprised role: “We couldn’t age out, teachers work forever,” she said. “I want it to be like when Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island was at a trade show and you’re like, ‘Oh he looks so old in his little hat.’ That’s my goal.”
Final Thoughts: A Perfect Blend of Nostalgia and Marketing?
Reunions can be tricky. They either hit the mark or feel like a forced, commercial ploy. In the case of this Black Friday ad, it seems like a smart blend of both. By tapping into the pop culture powerhouse that is “Mean Girls,” Walmart is speaking directly to a demographic that will most likely engage with both the nostalgia and the Black Friday deals.
So if you’re curious about what Cady, Gretchen, and Karen have been up to, or you’re looking for the perfect flat-screen TV deal, this ad has something for everyone.
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