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Interpersonal Communication in the Film Mean Girls
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COMMUNICATION 2
Interpersonal Communication in the Film Mean Girls
Mean Girls is an American film released in 2004 that portrays female high school
social cliques and the way they can negatively affect girls. The film tells the story of a
previously home-schooled girls called Cady Heron who is thrown into a suburban school in
Illinois. Cady is introduced to the pecking order and the social dynamics that make up the
various social groups in high school such as the geeks, the popular students and so on. The
clique of the most popular girls is called The Plastics. Two outcasts of this clique warn Cady
of the three popular girls that are headed by Regina George. The Plastics end up befriending
Cady who soon realizes that beneath their expensive clothes and beautiful faces, they are
manipulative and scheming. When Cady develops a liking for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, trouble
ensues because she breaks the “girl code.” The film basically explores the relations between
Cady and the Plastics, as well as with Aaron and her two outcast friends. This essay argues
that a breakdown of interpersonal communication can lead to conflict and breakdown of
relationships.
Interpersonal communication happens in all aspect of our lives, and more so when we
are in high school. We are bound to constantly communicate with each other. When these
interpersonal communication are not successful, interpersonal conflict will arise. Conflict
arises when two people have competing interest and motives and cannot find a middle
ground. In the film, the main conflict is the one that is between Cady and Regina. When Cady
develops a crush on Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron, she decides she still wants to be with him.
Instead of resolving this interpersonal conflict, Regina starts dating Aaron and publicly
makes Cady jealous. This introduces the concept of putting our needs ahead of others. This
leads to a spiral as Cady also adopts equally devious means of retaliation, and more conflict.
This spiral introduces a concept of conflict that is known as competitive style of conflict.
Cady uses equally competing and cruel tactics towards Regina.

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Running head: COMMUNICATION 1 Interpersonal Communication in the Film Mean Girls Name Institution COMMUNICATION Interpersonal Communication in the Film Mean Girls Mean Girls is an American film released in 2004 that portrays female high school social cliques and the way they can negatively affect girls. The film tells the story of a previously home-schooled girls called Cady Heron who is thrown into a suburban school in Illinois. Cady is introduced to the pecking order and the social dynamics that make up the various social groups in high school such as the geeks, the popular students and so on. The clique of the most popular girls is called The Plastics. Two outcasts of this clique warn Cady of the three popular girls that are headed by Regina George. The Plastics end up befriending Cady who soon realizes that beneath their expensive clothes and beautiful faces, they are manipulative and scheming. When Cady develops a liking for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, trouble ensues because she breaks the “girl code.” The film basically explores the relations between Cady and the Plastics, as well as with Aaron and her two outcast friends. This essay argues that a breakdown of interperso ...
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