Heathers (1988) Film Review

Heathers is a movie I could see only being made in the 80s if this movie had been made now, it wouldn’t surprise me if it got banned and that’s part of the reason this movie is great. Westerburg High School is a stereotypical high school filled with cliques, especially the most dominant one including three girls all named Heather (Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, and Kim Walker). Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) has begun to hang out with the three Heathers which she hates how they are right from the start of the film. She just wants to have her old life and old friends back. The movie is loaded with irony and dark comedy. And when I mean dark, I mean really dark. From crazy aspects like pulling guns out in school, murder in general, amongst other things.

Veronica eventually meets J.D. (Christian Slater), a rebel who is an outsider and doesn’t like the way the social cliques are and wants it to change. They begin dating and this eventually leads to a bit of murder here and there to the hierarchy of school social cliques. The entire thing rarely takes itself seriously, it’s meant to be completely comical but the last 30 minutes are interesting. It gets more serious and to my surprise, it worked. It actually had some decent social commentary towards the end and had much more to say than just being a really hilarious dark comedy which was nice to see.


Everyone in the cast performances the comedy with perfection, it seems to be have done with care. From the completely ironic lines, witty sarcasm, and the WTF moments in the movie, it has no boundaries with its performances and writings. This movie decided to do what it wanted and essentially had no rules at all. More movies like this need to exist because they don’t care. They don’t care what will offend people or not offend them, it does what it wants and it’s done oh so tastefully. Overall, if you like your comedy as dark as possible, you’ll love this movie, it will shock you with its humor but be hilarious as you question why you are laughing at the same time, and then it will surprise you again with a slightly more serious turn.

4.5/5 stars.


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