“On October 3rd he asked me what day it was.”
This is just one of Elon University senior Kyle Borgna’s favorite quotes from the movie “Mean Girls.” Oct. 3, deemed by fans as Mean Girls Day, celebrates the 2000s classic.
The movie follows teenager Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, as she navigates a new high school after being homeschooled in Africa her whole life. She gets pulled in by the three most popular girls in school and starts to lose sight of herself. She has to find out the hard way that gossip stirs up trouble and kindness trumps all.
Other actors include Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams and Jonathan Bennett.
The movie, which came out in 2004, has won seven awards — including several Teen Choice Awards.
Borgna was himself a teen the first time he watched it. He was in middle school and overheard girls in his class talking about it. Borgna said their conversation piqued his interest and prompted him to go home and watch it. Since then he said he has seen the movie more than 100 times.
“I just completely fell in love with it,” Borgna said.
Since then, his interest has only grown. Borgna said he owns a sweater quoting the movie, he saw the musical adaptation and his sign as an orientation leader was modeled after the movie.
One of Borgna’s favorite scenes is the fight that breaks out when McAdams’s character, Regina George, shares the burn book — a notebook full of other people’s secrets — with the whole school.
“That part is one of the best villain moments I feel like in history,” Borgna said.
He said the movie reminds him of light-hearted lessons, such as to look both ways before you cross the street, but also serious ones too.
“Don’t talk about people behind their back,” Borgna said. “If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it at all. Just be kind to everyone.”
Even though the movie premiered more than 15 years ago, Borgna said he believes it’s still relevant today.
“I just feel like it’s a movie that stands true for like ever,” Borgna said. “Every time you watch it you know you can watch it another time.”
Borgna said for him, the movie acts as both an ice breaker when he meets new friends and a way to relax when he feels overwhelmed.
“It’s always something I can come back to whenever I’m stressed about anything or worried,” Borgna said. “I just turn to that movie and watch it. It’s a comfort movie for me.”
Borgna said he plans to watch the movie tonight, and of course, wore pink on Wednesday.