HEATHERS (1989) 

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Winona Ryder
Christian Slater
Shannon Doherty
Lisanne Falk
Kim Walker
Penelope Milford
Glenn Shadix
Lance Fenton
Patrick Labyorteaux

Michael Lehmann



Time: 102 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Romance/High School

SYNOPSIS: A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics.

BOTTOM LINE: The ultimate film about the dangers of high school popularity and how being a "mean girl" can be dangerous to your future. Though not an outright comedy, this cult classic will have you laughing out loud despite your better judgement. Unless of course, you were one of the popular kids. Then it's not so funny. Ryder and Slater are pitch perfect in there first major starring roles. Ryder plays Veronica, a smart outsider who wheedles her way into the Heather's club, only to find out being an insider isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she confesses her darkest feelings to J.D. (Slater), her new boyfriend, he shows her how deep his love it by turning her wishes to be rid of the Heathers into reality. Slater's wacky Jack Nicholson impression gets a little tiresome by the end, but then again, his character is supposed to be insane. Who better to emulate than the man that made "Here's Johnny" two of the most terrifying words on the planet.

The supporting cast, especially the young ladies who play the Heathers (Falk, Doherty & Walker), are so dead-on as the mean-spirited popular girls that we all knew and hated, that you're not really sad to see them die. In fact, for most of us, the onscreen fulfillment of that fantasy is what makes HEATHERS so enjoyable. As the death toll mounts, the small joy of seeing Heather get her due is replaced in Veronica by horror and she'll go to any lengths to stop her man. The ending is way over the top, but you can't expect realism from a film where teen suicide is portrayed as the best way to get your 15 minutes of fame. This film is way ahead of its time and still as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. They don't make them like this anymore. MEAN GIRLS is similar in subject matter, but its tone lacks true bite. HEATHERS is only for those who like their comedy black with a little sugar. Fans of the Farrelly brothers need not apply.

"It's one thing to want someone out of your life, but it's another thing to serve them a wake-up cup full of Liquid Drano."

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