Mean Girls

NZ release: 09 January 2024

Offensive language & sexual references Rated on: 09 January 2024

Mean Girls (2024)

What’s it about?

Cady Heron and the Plastic are back – but this time in a musical. The Broadway inspired film is centred around Cady trying to become a part of the iconic A-list girl group in high school with the intention to make the Queen Bee, Regina Georgia, pay.

The facts

  • Directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr
  • English language
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Written by Tina Fey, Nell Benjamin, and Rosalind Wiseman
  • Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Mark Waters's 2004 comedy film, both written by Tina Fey and based on Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes.

Why did it get this rating?

This film was cross-rated by the Film and Video Labelling Body. You can find out more about cross-rating here.


True to the original books, 2004 film and Broadway musical, the film highlights nasty and cruel behaviour in a high school setting. There is bullying both on and offline amongst friends and students.

Offensive language

Highly offensive language is used throughout the film, including words such as “sh*t”, “b*tch”, ‘fugly” and “sl*t. These are commonly used to insult one another or out of frustration. One character is called a “pyro-lez” with the intention of insulting her because of her sexuality.

Sexual references

Characters are seen kissing each other. One characters number of sex-partners is mentioned multiple times and sometimes with the intention to make her feel bad. During a sex-ed class a teacher talks about condoms, safe sex and references “choking”.


A character is hit by a bus. The scene is brief and hard to see. There are physical altercations but are over-dramataised which makes them feel not real and therefore less impactful.

Further information

Recent featured decisions

28 February 2024

Laapataa Ladies

Lost Ladies

Adult themes and coarse language

A comedy set in 2001 rural India where two young brides are mistakenly swapped following a chance encounter on a train journey. One bride is left stranded at the railway station while the other bride bides her time making meaningful connections with the wrong in-laws as she’s in no hurry to return to her new husband.

Read more

27 February 2024


Season 1: Episode 1-10

Violence, offensive language, and content that may disturb

Lord Toranaga is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him to rule Japan. With conflict brewing, a mysterious European ship is found in a nearby fishing village, carrying guns and a man of unrelenting faith.

Read more