Adam Shankman producing 'Mean Girls'-esque 'Mean Moms'. What was your worst experience with a mean parent?

mean-momsThe idea of Regina George as a mother is anything but fetch. In fact, it’s pretty petrifying. But apparently, even years after mean girls graduate from high school, they can still fail to acquire the emotional maturity necessary to transform into functional, likable human beings. They can turn into “mean moms.”

And now, we can prepare to see it on the big screen: Variety reports that Adam Shankman is producing Mean Moms, a film inspired by Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bee Moms and Kin Pin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future. And though this project isn’t being headed by Mean Girls genius Tina Fey, it’s easy to be optimistic, considering Wiseman’s first book, Queen Bees and Wannabees, inspired the 2004 hit comedy. The plot of Mean Moms even boasts some familiar touches: According to Variety, the story “will start with a family moving to a new town. Moms will focus on a happily married mother-of-two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs and is faced with confronting the cutthroat world of competitive parenting.”

“Competitive parenting” sounds about as ridiculous to me as “competitive chessboxing” (It exists!), but that’s probably because I have no children, and don’t live in the high-class suburbs. But I’m still curious what it means to be a “mean mom.” I consulted my own mother about whether she trifled with mean parents when she raised me, but she was no help, since “If anyone was a real jerk, I just didn’t associate with them.” But I want to hear your experiences with mean moms, PopWatchers. What does it mean to be a mean mom? And who’s the worst parent you’ve ever dealt with?

I’m still waiting to see Amy Poehler star in Cool Moms. Who’s with me?

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  • Ceballos

    Starring Dina Lohan as the head “Mean Mom”? (Too on the nose?)

    Also, when I hear “competitive parenting”, I think of parents desperately fighting with others to get into a highly-coveted school/day care on various TV shows. In other words (like Kate) something that’s never actually happened to me in real life.

    However, if they get a good writer, this could be good.

    • H Dawg

      Mean Girls worked because Tina Fey was at the helm, both starring and writing a sharp, witty screenplay.

      Let’s look at Adam Shankman’s recent producing resume: The Last Song (Miley crap), last Oscars show (critically labeled the worst in years), 17 Again, Bedtime Stories. All forgettable.

      Don’t have high hopes. This is just another example of Hollywood cashing in on sequels, hoping to reclaim the original movie’s glory, without having to creatively come up with an original story idea.

      • Ceballos

        “This is just another example of Hollywood cashing in on sequels, hoping to reclaim the original movie’s glory, without having to creatively come up with an original story idea.”

        …so, in other words, business as usual?

  • Sarah

    I’m a new mom so I don’t have any direct experiences, but it seems like Julia on “Parenthood” has dealt with a mean mom or two.

    • Sina

      She is my favorite character on that show.

  • Bridget

    I feel like I never really knew what crazy was until I became a mom. And for some reason women are like that no matter the age, if you get a group of them together. There’s always going to be the type that makes themselves feel better by putting others down or by excluding others.

    • Gillie

      you should move to Oro Valley, Arizona!!! we (sadly to say) are mean mom central!! I’ve seen it first hand and it breaks my heart.

  • Jonathan F.

    If Amy Poehler can reprise her role as Regina George’s mother, I’m in.

  • musik4ever

    hey there my parents are divorced since i was very young so i didn’t have a mom so im really curious about this thing with mean moms

  • dawn

    All those real housewives of somewhere are mean!

  • Sina

    I wonder is Adam going to do a freak dance with Miley Cyrus for the wrap up party.

  • djm

    My sister lives in a gated community in a conservative town and her whole block is full of “Mean Mom’s”. They are women who don’t have to work (my sister has a job so she was immediately black-balled) and apparently they spend their days doing everything in their power to ensure that their child (boy or girl it matters not) is perceived to be the BEST at everything. This past weekend she told me that one of the moms was telling her that “kindergarten is going to be the most important year of her daughters life in terms of her social standing”. REALLY. It’s just amazing that someone actually has the time on their hands to worry about THAT.

  • Sara (other one)

    Maybe it’s a new vehicle for the mean moms from Old Christine. I always liked their scenes…

  • maiv

    ugh I work with parents. Not fun job.

  • Anne

    When I was a kid, my parents were among the first in our community to get divorced. It was a SCANDAL and my sisters and I became like lepers. One Sunday School teacher, the mother of a classmate, told me that I could never get into heaven because my parents were divorced — and her precious darlings weren’t allowed to play with us, lest, I guess, they catch the stink of “broken home” from one of us.
    *
    Cut forward 20 years and damn if one of her precious darlings isn’t on her 3rd husband.

    • Bubbles

      See? That mother was right:
      trash is contagious!

      (kidding — good story actually.)

  • Will

    Aw, they’re making a movie version of Desperate Housewives (or at least the Susan v. Gaby drama)!

    • katie

      Ha! funny. I’m 14 and while looking at mean girls 2 stuff I came across mean moms stuff 2. I must say, when I read this comment I had to laugh at it. As an avid Desperate Housewives fan, I completely agree. :)That would be too hilarious! I mean, just how they fought over who would win the chocolate selling contest… :)

    • katie

      Ha! funny. I’m 14 and while looking at mean girls 2 stuff I came across mean moms stuff 2. I must say, when I read this comment I had to laugh at it. As an avid Desperate Housewives fan, I completely agree. :)That would be too hilarious! I mean, just how they fought over who would win the chocolate selling contest… :):) :)

  • Travis

    Without Tina Fey, Mean Girls would have just been another cookie-cutter teen movie. I fear this project cannot be fully realized without Ms. Fey’s brilliance.

  • Julie

    Doesn’t anyone remember the Texan mother of a cheerleader who attempted murder on her daughter’s rival??!

    • Mom2stnkbugs

      I was just going to ask if anyone out there has experienced the “crazy cheer moms”. The mean moms just wind up hurting our kids seems like Facebook is a weapon of choice to show “look what we’re doing and your kid isn’t”. So sad.

  • Kiki

    Living here in the lovely friendly smalltown midwest… I joined the PTA. Right thing to do. Way to meet other moms, right? Yeah, right. I was told point blank, “While we appreciate your help, we don’t want you thinking we are going to be friends with you. You didn’t grow up here and we therefore have nothing in common. So we’d appreciate it if you could avoid talking — because we have no interest in anything an outsider has to say — and just fold these flyers.” Then when I — surprise! — quit the PTA I was a B!tch who was ‘too good’ for them and didn’t want to be friendly.

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