Saturday, November 24, 2007

Heathers (1989)

Ever dated a guy your parents told you was going to get you into trouble? Ever dated a guy that really did? Then you've got something in common with Veronica.

Your average high school girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder) started out in the "in" crowd. Despite her unusual name, she managed to fall in with the Heathers, the three most popular girls in the school who all happened to be named Heather. Unfortunately, they aren't the nicest girls or the best friends.

Slowly, after meeting loner Jason "JD" Dean (Christian Slater), the new kid at her school. Veronica begins to notice more and more things wrong with the popular kids at her school. It all starts with a simple "accident" where, jokingly, JD and Veronica poison the head Heather and snowballs from there. Eventually, they make suicides a trend at Wasterburg High School as they kill more and more people and disguise them as suicides.

A clever, dark comedy that draws from the real life increase of teen suicides in the late eighties, this film is one of my favorites. But it turns sour in the end when JD goes a little too far for Veronica. After a rough break up and a faked suicide by Veronica, JD attempts to blow up the school. After a mysterious reappearance, at least to JD, Veronica appears just in time to foil JD's plan. However, he still manages to blow himself up.

At the end of the film, Veronica lights a cigarette and takes her place as queen of the mountain. Hell, I need a cigarette after a blow up like that too!

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