Meal Girls is as popular today as it was when it came out almost two decades ago, and Walmart decided to use its popularity to its advantage. They just released a fetch new ad featuring the cast of the original film, and it didn’t take it long to become a viral sensation.
Walmart’s new ad is filled with countless Mean Girls references, and it features three of the film’s four leading ladies: Amanda Seyfried, Lindsay Lohan, and Lacey Chabert. Rachel McAdams’s glaring absence inspired several viral tweets, and a source close to the actress claims she “didn’t want to do it.”
Even without Regina George to stir up some drama, Walmart’s new ad is a truly slam dunk. It does a great job capturing the aesthetic of the original movie and features a cameo from supporting actors Daniel Franzese as Damian and Rajiv Surendra as Kevin.
The ad also reveals the faith of the three main characters. Cady Heron now works as a guidance counselor at North Shore High School, Gretchen Wieners is a “cool mom” still trying to make fetch happen, while Karen Smith is living her dream of being a news reporter.
Walmart’s ad isn’t the only pop culture phenomenon to trigger our Meal Girls nostalgia. The adaptation of a Broadway musical based on this film is just around the corner, and we’ll get to see it in theatres this January.