The 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?