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Mean Girls Music (Score)

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Music (Score)

Recipe for Rolfe Kent's Mean Girls Score:

4 cups African tribal beats
a dash of Danny Elfman weirdness
2 cups Music for mischief-making
¼ cup A women's choir
1 tsp. Peppermint foot cream

Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse for thirty seconds. Serve with a brilliant revenge plan. Or pita chips.

Rolfe Kent's totally Mean music threads Cady's African upbringing through the heartbreaks and hijinks of high school. When things are looking up for our favorite North Shore newb, the score features bouncing tribal rhythms and chanting voices. Tender moments are backed by a subtler soundtrack that often features an oohing and aahing women's choir.

As Cady goes undercover with The Plastics—and tries to survive high school in general—she's frequently caught between worlds, and the score reflects that. There's also a quirkiness to the score, which makes sense: Cady's an outsider, and many of her new classmates' customs and rituals seem thoroughly strange to her.

Kent's filmography as a composer is as diverse as Cady's experiences at North Shore. Legally Blonde, Sideways, Wedding Crashers, Up in the Air—all scored by Kent. He's also a frequent collaborator with Mean Girls' director Mark Waters, having penned the tunes for films such as The House of Yes, Freaky Friday, and Mr. Popper's Penguins.

Guess that makes him the Damian to Mark Waters' Janis—just a couple of "art freaks" making beautiful music together.

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