Those of you putting off watching Mean Girls until those exorbitant movie rental prices come down ($4?! Ridiculous!!) can breathe a sigh of relief. A hot, fire-haired, pre-bulimic sigh of relief.
Every year, the University of Toronto presents a free film in the back field of their downtown campus. Past films have included Good Will Hunting – presumably fitting for the U of T crowd since it traces the intellectual and emotional growth of a surprisingly brilliant construction worker, and follows his loving but conflicted relationship with his Harvard-attending girlfriend. This year, though, they’re screening Mean Girls: a film about catty, hot, morally-corrupt high-schoolers who are, like, totally mean to each other. U of T can justify showing the film because some of the scenes in the movie were shot on campus (most obviously, in Convocation Hall; other Toronto locations like Sherway Gardens are also pretty prominent). Either way, It’s nice to see a big, self-serious university like U of T take itself a bit more lightly than we’re used to. Best of all, unlike so many other things that the university does, this one’s wide open to the general public.
Mean Girls is preceeded by “a Simpsons episode written by U of T alumnus Tim Long and an Odd Job Jack episode featuring the voice of alumnus and Tony Award-winner Don McKellar.” We did some extensive research and narrowed down the list of possible Simpsons episodes to this list. Long’s probably the funniest writer still working on the show, so it might actually be worth going early and suffering through an Odd Job Jack episode.
The screenings get underway at about 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 17th, right by Devonshire Place and Hoskin Avenue. Last year, about a thousand people showed up, and even more are expected this year.