'Mean Girls' has helped to launch the ''biggest women in comedy'', says Neil Flynn.

The 53-year-old actor starred in 2004's comedy opposite Linsday Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Tina Fey and insists the film helped these stars kick-start their successful careers.

Talking to website Digital Spy, he said: ''I think 'Mean Girls' was a kind of significant movie.

''It was a very successful comedy and it was also before 'Bridesmaids' and it really launched some of today's biggest women in comedy.

''It was the beginning of Tina's rise to global domination. I think that movie is a touchstone for a lot of people. In the same way 'Animal House' was for my generation really.''

A decade after the release of the original which received sparkling reviews and became a box office success, grossing $129,042,871 worldwide, he insists he didn't realise what a ''big deal'' it would be.

Flynn added: ''I didn't necessarily think it would be a big deal but I knew that it would be funny because Tina wrote it.''