Mean Girls had a "racier" dance scene that had to be edited

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

From Digital Spy

Mean Girls isn't a Christmas film (it's an October 3 film, it's the October 3 film), but the 'Jingle Bell Rock' dance sequence is one of the best Christmas movie moments of all time.

But it turns out that the scene was intended to be a lot "racier", as the film itself was planned to be R-rated.

As director Mark Waters explained to Entertainment Weekly, the sequence – and the film itself – became a lot less explicit and more teen-friendly, which was definitely for the best, as more people got to enjoy all of the iconic quotes.

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

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Speaking about the 'Jingle Bell Rock' dance, Waters said: "The moment written in the script but we couldn't figure out how to do was 'They do some sexually embarrassing dance move'. It was a lot of effort coming up with, 'How do we do that?'.

"They were going to turn and stick their posteriors up in the air. And then they showed it to me, and I was like, 'Whoa, that's too much! Go with something else.' That's how we got this idea of, 'Let's do this stripper thigh slap simultaneously,' and it just germinated out of the rehearsals organically, which ended up being the funniest part of the scene."

He also said that because Lindsay Lohan was a minor at the time, they couldn't do as many rehearsals and choreography sessions as they would have liked, but the "roughshod" and "messier" dance ended up being perfect because it looked like something non-professional high schoolers would come up with.

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He also said that he had at least three preferences for the song that weren't 'Jingle Bell Rock', but they kept getting turned down. "You'd be surprised how hard it is to license Christmas songs," he said. "I don't even know how many things we tried before we got the rights to 'Jingle Bell Rock.' We were just happy to have anybody say yes."

Mean Girls is available to stream now on NOW TV.

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