Who comes to mind when you think of catty bitches? Is it a frenemy? An old boss? A high school frenemy who has since become your boss? (That’s the worst!)
Or is it one of the Heathers?
Here a few of my favorite catty bitches a la frenemies in film … as in I love the character, but in real life would avoid them like a cup of decaf coffee after an all-nighter.
1. Regina George from Mean Girls … Duh. I know it’s obvious, but she has to be on the list. Regina is an epitome of Level 5. At the end of the movie, she can cause damage with her words and her toned biceps after she picks up lacrosse.
2. Katharine from Working Girl. Ahhhh, the frenemy in the workplace. She cons Jersey girl Tess into being her best bud (aka secretary) while stealing her ideas. It only seemed fair that Tess weasels her way up the corporate ladder by lying and taking back credit for her ideas while poor Katharine recovers from a skiing accident. The movie also brought us that great one-line, “Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna.” Yeah, I know it doesn’t really fit the definition of catty, but had to throw it in there.
3. Tie between Jenna and Lucy in 13 Going on 30.
Great example of “If you can’t beat them, join them … and then, if you don’t like it, you can go back and rewrite history… again. Yeah…”
Now, let’s all laugh at the girl wearing the ascot.
The alpha cat becomes second in charge to someone who’s learned to be even cattier than her, but she gets even in the end. Great story line, even if you don’t throw in the kissy-kissy, Thriller-dancing, boob-grabbing scenes.
4. Miranda in Devil Wears Prada, who was “loosely” based on Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue. While I have to say that I applaud Miranda on her ambition and no-nonsense way of doing business, she did have her catty moments. However, I think Nigel beat her out for Level 5 status.
“Corn chowder. That’s an interesting choice. You do know that cellulite is one of the main ingredients in corn chowder.”
5. Random girl at party in Pretty in Pink
“Nice pearls. This isn’t a dinner party, honey.”
God, I love this movie on so many levels. Hope she at least got a movie credit at the end because I sure as hell couldn’t find a gif of it. And we’ll call Stef pretty catty, although I think “douchebag” may work equally as well. What a hottie, though. Sigh.
6. Stepsisters in Cinderella. Who said we don’t teach ‘em young? At least in this classic movie, the catty bitches are ugly and unpopular. Cinderella should be thanking those girls that they didn’t let her out in that pink monstrosity of a dress. In real movie-land, the stepsisters would have gladly had Cinderella tag along in her homemade, Peptobismol-colored, bow-extravaganza of a ball gown, make fun of her car smelling like rats and gourds, and then ditch her at the party for the Prince’s goofy cousins.
7. The snobby retail crone in Pretty Woman.
“You work on commission, right? Big mistake! BIG!”
I think after this movie, all women rejoiced in knowing they didn’t have to put up with snooty sales associates who look down on customers while they themselves make an hourly wage.
Gah, was that catty? Oops.