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Heathers 1989

  • Oct 23, 2003
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Well, yeah, but, for sure, narly, FINISHED – that’s the best thing I can say about this movie.

Certainly there had to be some social comment deemed from this movie but I’ll be kicked in the fanny if I can figure it out. Stay away from psycho guys in school? Watch out for the new guy in the lunchroom that pulls a gun on you – and shoots it? It’s ever so endearing to join the brain dead girl group that has three members named Heather and one named Veronica? Some one please clue me in.

Heather #1 is just plain nasty, spiteful and mean. Heather the cheerleader is NOT a leader but a follower and ends up trying to play the lost little girl. Heather Duke, the only one with a last name apparently, will do anything required to remain in the ‘in crowd’. That leaves Veronica, school brain child that lives on the perimeter of the group, has former friends that definitely aren’t IN (like Betty, had to chuckle on the Veronica & Betty reference), and really, she wants to be there but doesn’t want to do what is expected of a HEATHER.

As she drools over the new stud muffin in school, J.D., she catches some flack from her Heathermates, but then again they are only interested in college boys or the football team. You know the type. Turns out old J.D. is a bit of an enigma himself. His first day in the lunchroom catches him watching the Heathers as they Heatherize the current laughing stock at school, Martha ‘Dumptruck’ Dunnstock. This is right before he pulls a gun out of his pants and shoots the two jocks giving him a rough time. Sure, it was only blanks. ONLY BLANKS? And they didn’t even expel the creep.

And we wonder where the kids get ideas to haul a gun off to school and wipe out the kids that ruffle their feathers. WHY WASN’T THIS MOVIE PULLED AFTER THE ONSET OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS? [OOPS …… sorry, the soapbox tripped me up a minute]

Without further comment from me about the IDEA of the story, I’ll continue on the analysis of the script and acting. The key players are Winona Ryder as Veronica, Christian Slater as JD, Shannen Doherty as Heather Duke and two blonde bimbos as the other Heathers.

Some refer to this as a dark comedy, or black comedy. I personally didn’t see it as humorous but that’s me. Slater was a high point in the movie because I don’t think he took one iota of it seriously. However Ryder was her usual do-nothing self, the part wasn’t nearly as good as the one in Beetlejuice if that gives you the slightest hint. Shannen Doherty is just a completely incompetent actress, in fact you can’t even call her an actress. The Heathers, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker were justifiably killed in the movie.

In its defense, the movie was crisply shot with good continuity. Camera angels were clear, vocalization was good, scenery was decent. The jabs and curt one liners offered by the group of kids was certainly well done, I believe I’ve heard some of these comments in the halls myself.

Directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Daniel Waters, Heathers would obviously appeal to the crowd that flocks to Goldmember, Stripes, Van Wilder, etc. It won the Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Award for best motion picture and the Independent Spirit Award for best first picture. The most common thread of music through the movie was Teenage Suicide, Don’t Do It by Big Fun.

The DVD also carried the ‘making-of’ featurette and interviews. I didn’t bother with either one.

I was highly disappointed in this movie and the social significance of it.



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Quick Tip by . October 07, 2010
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Best dark comedy about high school, period. I am not a fan of any of the actors, but the movie is brilliant beyond their limitations.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Slater shows that even at a young age he could pull of a very complex role. Ryder is amazing and so is Dougherty.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
WINONA FOREVER. "Well, F*** me gently with a chainsaw."
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review by . April 12, 2009
The Heathers are the darlings of Westerburg High, the "in" girls who hang out with the jocks, garnering the envy of all. But these ultra-snobby girls do what most 80's teens do, drink, party and make the oddballs feel bad. Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) is on the edge of the group, drawn to their cool chic but turned off by their childish and mean-spirited pranks. When Veronica finds herself attracted to Jason Dean (Christian Slater), bad things happen: the lead Heather "commits" suicide, two jocks …
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Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) has sacrificed everything in order to preserve her place in Westerburg High's most impenetrable social clique, the HEATHERS. As the only member of the group not named "Heather," Veronica has to work extra hard just to stay afloat. Going against her own morals and intelligence, Veronica succumbs to peer pressure on a daily basis, faking her delight in the humiliation of the school's less popular students. Bored of the frat parties and cow tipping so popular among her friends, Veronica's curiosity is peaked when a mysterious new guy named JD comes to town. The dark, brooding JD (Christian Slater at his best) observes Veronica among her pack in the lunchroom (where social hierarchy is most clearly displayed), concluding that Veronica is not a Heather at heart. When Veronica confides in JD that she hates her friends and wishes Heather #1 was dead, she never expects her words will have such dire consequences. Before she knows what's happening, JD is dragging Veronica on a killin...
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