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It made overnight stars of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater,shocked uncool film critics everywhere and became oneof the biggest cult classics of the ?80s. Twenty years later, HEATHERS remains the only brilliantly black comedy about peer pressure, malicious croquet and having abrain tumor for breakfast. At Westerburg High where cliques rule, jerk jocks dominate and the most popular girls are all named Heather, it?s going to take a Veronica (Ryder) and the mysterious ? and possibly psychotic ? new kid J.D. (Slater) to give teen angst a body count. Shannen Doherty co-stars in the most cruelly hilarious high school movie ever made,featuring a new, high quality transfer. The extreme always seems to make an impression: Heathers is back like you?ve never seen or heard it before!

This dark comedy from 1989 was a good showcase for Winona Ryder, playing a high school girl brought into a clique of bitchy classmates (all named Heather), and Christian Slater, doing his early Jack Nicholson thing. While Ryder's character mulls over the consequences of giving up one set of friends for another, her association with a new boy (Slater) in school turns out to have deadly consequences. Director Michael Lehmann turned this unusual film into something more than another teen-death flick. There is real wit and sharp satire afoot, and the very fusion of horror and comedy is provocative in itself. Heathers remains a kind of benchmark in contemporary cinema for bringing surreal intelligence into Hollywood films. --Tom Keogh

This dark comedy from 1989 was a good showcase for Winona Ryder, playing a high school girl brought into a clique of bitchy classmates (all named Heather), and Christian Slater, doing his early Jack Nicholson thing. While Ryder's character mulls over the consequences of giving up one set of friends for another, her association with a new boy (Slater) in school turns out to have deadly consequences. Director Michael Lehmann turned this unusual film into something more than another teen-death flick. There is real wit and sharp satire afoot, and the very fusion of horror and comedy is provocative in itself. Heathers remains a kind of benchmark in contemporary cinema for bringing surreal intelligence into Hollywood films. --Tom Keogh


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Customer Reviews:

  • Glass half empty? No, glass half full.
    It is true that this new edition of Heathers only contains one new, additional documentary. But is that a bad thing? Especially when one considers that Heathers is bar-none one of the greatest black comedies and that the last DVD release came out 7 years ago.. frankly, i am pleased. In an age where many DVDs are being re-released with new packaging and no new features, i congratulate Anchor Bay for going one step further. Anchor Bay pulled the same thing last month with Dario Argento's Tenebre and Phenomena by adding approx. 20 minute documentaries to each of them, yet no one seemed to complain. I am also very happy that Anchor Bay decided to use the original poster art instead of the blah and boring individual closeup covers that graced the last release. The big time fans like myself will double dip for completest sake anyway.

    So for people who own the previous release, i say weigh in on how much of a fan you are before dipping. For all else, buy NOW....more info
  • "What is your damage, Heather?"
    Well, here it is, folks, an 80's high school flick WITHOUT a cheesy, happily-ever-after, long-vomit-inducing-kiss ending. Perhaps this is why it didn't do so hot in the box office upon its initial release in 1989. However, it could also be why it's become a cult favourite of sorts.

    In this movie (which featured then 18-year-old Winona Ryder in her first starring role), Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) is part of the "Heathers", the four self-proclaimed "most popular girls in school". (Needless to say, they are the same people I despise in school.) However, she does not really care for the position she is in. That's when she meets charming outcast Jason Dean (Christian Slater). She falls in love with Jason, and Jason uses this to give Veronica some bad ideas. I won't spoil the movie for you by telling you what happens, but if you watch the movie, all will be explained - and you will be entertained.

    This movie is eerie and disturbing - but in the best way possible. It's also quite humourous at times - and it's not sickeningly sweet like most 80's high school movies. Winona and Christian were really on here, as were Shannen and everyone else in the movie. Recommended....more info

  • Classic Dark Comedy
    A cutting edge film that was way ahead of it's time for 1989. Before high school shootings became a monthly occurance in the US, this film masterfully captured the horror that is the American high school experience. Brilliant acting from Winona Ryder and Christian Slater captured the angst of the outsider and the unhappy insider of the popular cliques in a large high school setting. This movie also attacks divorce and its effect on the kid, and the remorse that comes with doing something irreperable to someone else. Witty writing and real characters made this film one of my favorites. With many Literary references from Charlottes Web to Huck Fin. Its a brilliant well thought out film. The script is void of flaws in my opinion and the films soundtrack and art direction in colors is wonderful. If for some reason you haven't seen this film yet, I recommend it. Its hillarious. Highly recommended.
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  • Rottweilers rule
    You know how there used to be half a dozen Jennifers in every high school class? Well, what we have here are three Heathers (last names: Duke, Chandler and McNamara, if anybody cares) who reign as upper crust sosh queens at Westerberg High, home of the Rottweilers. One of the Heather Rottweilers is Shannen Doherty of TV infamy who seems perfectly cast except for the fact that if she's still in high school, I can play opposite Barbie Doll.

    Trying to work her way into their circle is a one-time study-freak with a talent for forging handwriting named Veronica (would that we had Archie and Jughead as well). I mention her penmanship because it's part of the plot, although why they bothered with the fancy foreshadowing I don't know since most of the story is beside the point anyway.

    This is a black comedy that takes off on the usual high school teen angst cliches: suicide, rigid social stratification, dumb jocks, dumb parents, dumb administrators, and even dumber teachers. And there are some very funny bits to be had along the way. Unfortunately playing Veronica is Winona Ryder who, although she is as pretty as pretty can be, even sporting a monocle--yes, somebody must have pointed out to director Michael Lehmann that putting nerd-girl glasses on a pretty girl has been done to death, so he had an Inspiration. Ryder has moments--some of them unintentional--but there is no way she can be seen as a comedic actress. We really needed Rene Zellweger or Reese Witherspoon.

    Playing opposite Ryder with some finesse is Christian Slater as J.D. Dean, teen psycho, son of Psycho Dad, who explains that he is blowing up the school "because nobody loves me." What really cracked me up about Christian Slater is that "Columbo" voice he sometimes uses. And what I found funny about Winona Ryder were all those outfits with the cutesy hats and leggings. If only they had let her keep them she might have missed her day in court.

    Best bit: the two jocks getting their just deserts and the two cops "investigating" the scene.

    So bad it was almost good: Veronica getting her cigarette lit by a dynamite explosion.

    Like, this could happen: Veronica and Martha "Dumptruck" Dunnstock doing popcorn and old movies together on prom night.

    I want to see her do it again, slowly: the Rottweiler cheerleader doing a twirling handstand.

    Bottom line: ignore the implausible and send your parents to bed....more info

  • "Is this as good for you as it is for me?"
    Probably. I'm beginning to love Winona Ryder now because of this movie. It talks a whole lot about suicide with high schoolers and homosexuals and comedy all in one. Look at BEETLEJUICE this way because that was almost similar and with dark humor, this is good. Even though some of it is just plain silly, what would you expect when suicide and romance and all that other stuff wreaks havoc??...more info
  • FIXATION

    I would drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log, and endure the chicken-baking heat of the Libyan Sahara; just to look into Winona Ryder's eyes for one minute; and since I've quoted the Father of Country Music already, I might as well do it again: this cinematic seductress has got ORBS DE LUXE "could knock a groundhog cold" and I don't care if she did shoplift. Actually I do; we're a Nation of Laws, aren't we? But my Brother the Lawyer said they witch-hunted her worse than they would have John Q/Jane Doe. Nuts to that Saks store detective Clown called her a "rich b----"; said he'd "make evidence" against her. She oughta sue the Buffoon Fool no jest! Marisa Tomei's Father the Judge could make him drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log, and endure the chicken-baking heat of the Libyan Sahara. Then he could be forced to look into Winona Ryder's eyes for one minute. To this end he could be strapped to an immovable chair and eye drops could be periodically applied to his corneas to keep them from drying out. A surgical device could hold his eyelids open; necessarily compelling him to view whatever was in his line of vision at that moment which in this case would of course be the lacerating glare of Her Hotness. (Stanley Kubrick, as you may know, used this technique to great effect on the main character of A Clockwork Orange. More on Mr. Kubrick later.) Ms. Ryder could also utilize that left foot forward stance some women employ when they decide to let the hammer down. I can hear it now: "No, noooo! I apologize!"

    I went a little overboard just now and I apologize! I think it was S. J. Perlman, though, who said that people who never get carried away should be. Taken in this light it seems perfectly normal for an individual to go Hog Wild over certain movie stars, who seem to be germinated and generated in such a way as to attain and maintain the ultimate level of charisma. (The Dream Machine) They're like bar magnets; the kind you studied in High School science lab- all those iron filings in a pattern. I'm like one of those filings, or like one of thousands of spermatozoa hell-bent for that Pot o' Gold! (Don't laugh, this actually is a pretty good metaphor for the viewer/film industry dynamic. You've got about as much chance of making it with your favorite movie actor or actress as any oversexed MRC* has at scoring with that Queen Bee.)

    At a certain point back in the Day; (70's I guess, don't ask me to specify); my friends and I found ourselves navigating a relatively degenerate period in our lives, indulging most of our spare time in just cruising around, drinking beer, getting high, and engaging in sundry other Activities. (Reference "Time", Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd.)

    We drove mostly American Deathtrap V-8's, continually searching for that Pot o' Gold! There seemed to be two types of speedometers back then: the ones that went up to 100 MPH, or the type; usually found found on V-8's; that topped out at 120. If you were traveling over the maximum indicated speed there was no way to know what velocity you were hauling at.

    "How fast were you goin' down that hill?"

    "Damn 'fi know; sonofab---- was pegged!"

    There was a little peg at the end of the scale, stopping the needle's travel. Just now it occurs to me that no matter how much hyperbole were you to apply; any description of Her Charms would; in a sense be "pegged", just like that speedometer. I mean; even if you were to go Hog Wild and refer to W. R. as a STUPEFYINGLY ADORABLE, MOUTHWATERINGLY DESIRABLE, SUPER-HYPNOTIC-CUTE-AS-A-BUTTON-ONE-OF-A-KIND-FILM ENCHANTRESS, it would be like an astronomer referring to the number of known stars in the universe as "over 120".

    Speaking of the Universe, I recently rediscovered Mr. Kubrick's magnum opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I say rediscovered cause the first time I saw it I near fell asleep in the movie theatre. The second time I Got Something out of it. I think it has something to do with Man's quest for [???]. (You figure it out.) After Hal the computer kills off all the astronauts except for Keir Dullea, the Monolith sends him into a stargate or wormhole whose inhuman G-forces deliver him to [???]. (You figure it out.) With regard to the real world, Steven Hawking has said that because of the intolerable amount of gravity involved any astronaut having the misfortune to fall into a black hole would instantly be turned to spaghetti. I wonder if something like that would happen to you if you were to gaze a little too long into the sparkling Spellbinders; the Windows to [???] of the Mesmerizing Miss R. (You've figured it out.)



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  • Greetings & salutations
    This has to be one of the better high school movies that Hollywood has churned out over the years. And the fact it features a really young Christian Slater doesn't hurt either!

    There should definitely be a special edition out there of this movie, whether Winona/Christian want to forget they ever did it or what, but this has to be a cult classic. There should be at least something about Kim Walker, who played the truly great Heather Chandler, having died from cancer in March 2001, at the tender age of 31. She almost stole the show away from Winona & Christian, with such memorable lines as: "No, Heather, it's Heather's turn. Heather?", "You were nothing before you met me. You were playing Barbies with Betty Finn. You were a Bluebird. You were a Brownie. You were a Girl Scout Cookie", "F*** me gently with a chainsaw. Do I look like Mother Theresa to you?", "Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast or something?", and the greatest one of all "You're such a pillowcase".

    This was amazingly filmed in 32 days, yet it doesn't show in the film. You'd think it would, considering it was so speedily filmed, but it's a true classic.

    The only problem I have with this movie is the ending. I've been watching this film for years, and I still never really like the ending. It seems like it's just been tagged on at the end, and utterly pointless. The original screenplay had a different ending in which Veronica kills J.D. by shooting him and then straps the bomb to herself. It is implied that the school is destroyed and the last scene is an eerie prom sequence where all those murdered are alive and happy. This was intended to be shot but the studio thought it was too dark and opted for a lighter ending. That sounds loads better to me, but it doesn't seem to imply that it was filmed or anything.

    It's been over 10 years now since the film was made, so I'll patiently wait for a 20th/25th anniversary edition - that's ages away! It would be nice, for all the stars, apart from Kim Walker, to look back on the film. And considering how much hair Christian's lost now :) If you haven't seen this, grab a copy any which way you can. You'll thank me later....more info
  • a terrific 80's classic
    This film hit a nerve with anyone in highschool during the mid-to-late 80's, and the commentary on popularity still holds true today. The number of cliques in my school was staggering, and I meandered from group to group, never dropping anchor. I stayed sane, while watching everyone else fall apart. LOL. I knew quite a few "Heathers". All the same basically; school being not so much academic as social. Most of the adult figures in the film are mindless twits, oblivious to the needs of youth. This is still one of my top ten favorite movies....more info
  • Love Heathers!
    I freaking love this movie. I used to watch it when I was little when it came on Comedy Central. It's one of my favorites for sure. When I saw Mean Girls, I thought it was a rip off of Heathers. Love Winona and Christian. Just fabulous. ...more info
  • Extreme High School Politics
    We all go through that stage in which we realize that the world we live in really ticks us off and that revenge shall be ours. Mine involved eggs and not household detergent and guns, but to each his own, or in this case, her own. With "Heathers" we follow the misadventures of Veronica (Winona Ryder) as she and her partner in crime Jason Dead (Christian Slater projecting an image of James Dean but whose speech patterns were downright Nicholsonian) take their Scorched Earth policy through an Ohio high school. Early on Veronica tries to fit in with the Heathers, a mean girls type clique that supposedly are the envy of the entire school. Veronica disappoints them at a party and one of the Heathers scolds her for it. The obvious thing for her to do would be to give up the inane dream of being popular, but then we wouldn't have a movie. So instead she decides to wreak havoc on this Heather's life. Of course wreak havoc is putting it lightly as Bonnie and Clyde depend on "big blue" to off one of the most popular girls in the school. Since the cover up is ridiculously easy more murders follow, followed by more cover ups. The whole issue of teenage death is brought up. Teachers debate proper tributes which lead to the dead being glorified beyond recognition. Seeing this, the other kids decide that the only way to be hip is to do it in the terminal fashion, thus faux suicides begets failed suicides and chaos rules the day.

    Since the film is hardly going to take the side of murdering your classmates Jason goes a little overboard and decides to blow up the entire school. At this point the film switches from satire to thriller and becomes a lot less interesting. The ideas from the first two thirds still hold up. Not to sound genocidal but the people that were offed were simply embarrassments to the human race. Jason even says, oh so honestly, that the only things the school lost with their deaths were "Date rape and AIDS jokes." The script by Daniel Waters is the star of the show as its bitter tongue and cynical nature were written in intellectual fashion. The slang does show its age; I hope the last time I heard the word "motor" in place of "hurry" was 1989. Above all it seems to remind kids of all generations that their puny high school existences don't matter. Yes, I know it seems like it does, it really seemed like it did to me, but it doesn't. If you were to drop dead today your school would just make up colorful lies about you and then benefit from your absence. I also enjoyed the way the film took glee in other peoples misery. Early on the Heaters (who are so aristocratic they play croquet) set their eyes and claws upon an obese girl. The public ridicule she suffers may be heartbreaking for her, but for us it is hilarious. It's not our fault that extreme embarrassment is funny, that's just the way it goes. This film has been compared to "Mean Girls" but the main difference is the darkness that runs throughout this one. The main character in that movie is a lost soul who gets involved with the wrong crowd. Here our main character kills without consequence and in the process lands on the top of the social ladder. Sure, she's still a hero, but a dark and flawed one, that's for sure. ***1/2
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  • Easy 5 Star DVD/Film
    This is one of the most original movies I have ever seen. Amongst the teen angst films, and there have been a lot of them, none of them touch Heathers. In every way, it is a perfect black comedy.
    Some people will be upset that the new edition doesnt offer much in the way of new material. Ok, thats fine, but I lost my old Heathers DVD (or someone borrowed it permanently) and I was going to get a new one anyways. So the release of this turned out to be perfect timing.
    The dvd looks and sounds great and there are the nice extra features, though only one that was not on the last release, so I can understand some of the discontent amongst those eagerly waiting for a while new dvd.
    A lot of films from the 80's, to me, arent that good and so when I came across this film it was shockingly good. I almost felt guilty at enjoying it so much because it deals with some very dark subjects and does so in a sometimes serious, sometimes frivolous manner. There is no film quite like it.
    To sum up, if you have the old 2001 release, you dont need to get this one, not really. Its mostly the same, but if you dont have it, get this one. It is well worth the price and yeah, I wouldve loved to have seen a really long in depth documentary for the 20th anniversary release, it doesnt detract from the overall quality.
    A true dark comic masterpiece. ...more info
  • This tape is recorded in SLP mode
    i ordered the "collectors edition" and was quite disappointed to find out it was recorded in SLP mode. Even worse, this fact was not disclosed anywhere on the case or on the tape cartridge itself. i don't know why tape duplication companies have to cut corners so cheaply considering the very low cost of videotape in the last 15 years. SLP mode seriously reduced this tape quality. I definitely will not order any more tapes from Anchor Bay entertainment....more info
  • Cutting Edge to the Extreme
    The 80s totally rocked, with laid back teenagers who were a little wild, a little care free. Who doesn't love that? Especially when it's in a movie like "Heathers". This black comedy is totally wild, in a very great way. It's unlike any other movie I've seen, everything about it is very special. The language, the situations, the attitudes and actions of the cool but bizarre characters.

    Veronica (Ryder) is a really great girl, but she is "best friends" with the Heathers. The 3 most popular girls in school, all named Heather. Veronica hates her friends, they are complete snobs. She even wishes Heather #1 would DIE.
    Veronica meets the wild and crazy JD, and she falls for him. With two extraordinary characters like these, there's bound to be trouble.
    One accidental (well, sort of accidental) death leads to a series of other deaths, all poking fun at the serious issue, teen suicide. Fall in love with the crazy Veronica and JD as Veronica tries to stop their crazy ways.

    Laugh your butt off at the lines used in this cutting edge film. Believe me, you have NEVER heard or seen anything like it. You may even pick up a couple of crazy lines you hear in this movie, I know I sure do. Have fun watching these crazy and bizarre scenes that will make you laugh and say "Wow" at the same time.

    "Heathers" is a movie that is ahead of it's time, teenagers can relate to the characters, it pokes fun at serious issues.. but it is 100% hilarious. Loosen up and watch "Heathers". ...more info
  • What is Your Damage?
    This 1989 movie hit a year after I graduated high-school and it was with smug amusement that I would gauge potential girlfriends by their reaction [or non-reaction] to its biting, jet black, macabre humour. It was and remained a favorite of mine for the ensuing decade. With a cadre of young unknowns, some of which would go on to better things, like shoplifting or partying with Heidi Fleiss; its hip wit and catch phrases pushed it quickly into cult status. Veronica wearies of her existence as fourth wheel in the powerful Ohio HS clique of girls named Heather, each color coded for easy identification. Christian Slater arrives snarling/preening in his Jack Nicholson way, and Veronica latches on. Together they wage a quiet, if effective war on the status quo, tilting it in directions they hadn't imagined via murder/suicides. There are moments of picturesque beauty; the opening scene in slow motion as the Heathers laugh, talk, and move forward w/ their croquet mallets to the tune of Que Sera Sera, only to crush the flora beneath their feet. Over the years, the movie's message delivery mechanism has become much more somber, owing in no small part to the cretinous real life actions of Gen-Y murder-spree kiddies. Back in the 80's JD's antics were inconceivable and suggested a dark and troubled, but fantasy world-view. However, today, the reality is almost par for the course. While the allure of Heathers remains, and it is a recommended view; it is ultimately tempered and tainted now as life has imitated art....more info
  • The Extreme Always Seems To Make An Impression
    Released in 1989, HEATHERS received sharply mixed reviews. The film was popular in a few major metro markets, but it proved a box office disappointment overall. Although many regarded it as a failed take-off on such "high school angst" films as THE BREAKFAST CLUB, more than a few critics saw it as a film too much ahead of its time and predicted that it would have more of an impact down the road. They were right. When the film began to reach the home market it exploded in popularity, and given such later high school horrors as Columbine today the film seems less take-off than downright prophetic.

    It is also one of the most wickedly funny movies to hit the screen since Stanley Kubrik's DR. STRANGELOVE. The story starts off normally enough: extremely bright, extremely attractive Veronica (Winona Ryder) is a high school junior who has fallen in with the high school clique to end all high school cliques, three young women each named Heather (Kim Walker, Lisanne Falk, and Shannen Doherty.) The Heathers are pretty, smart, rich... and intent on shoring up their own social positions by crushing every one around them with a degree of vindictiveness that only the teenagers can successfully carry.

    When Veronica meets new student J.D. Dean (Christian Slater) her interest in the Heathers begins to wane and they turn on her. J.D. has his own plan to help Veronica get even. It involves a cup of Liquid Drano--and before Veronica can think she finds herself making a murder look like suicide. The result is, as Veronica puts it, teen-age angst with a body count, and quite suddenly suicide seems the "in thing" at Westerberg High.

    If you recall high school fondly, you were probably one of the popular kids. For the rest of us, HEATHERS is so accurate that it will make you wince in its portrait of unthinking cruelty: the meanness of the up-scale cliques and brainless jocks, the ridiculed good kids, the savage assaults on the unpopular ones. it is bitter, bitter stuff.

    It is also extremely funny. Much of this is due to a truly brilliant script by Daniel Waters, who recognizes that teens rarely speak to adults in the same way that they speak to each other--and he not only brings forth the casually used profanity, he essentially creates a truly believable and hilariously funny mode of slang that characterizes the "in crowd." And Waters' plot is even more disconcerting and outrageously funny as it runs, with unexpected logic, to a truly deadly conclusion.

    The performances are knockouts. Ryder has given quite a few memorable performances, but she has never been more remarkable than she is here as Veronica, the good girl turned unintentional killer; Christian Slater has never topped the performance he gives here as J.D. The "Heathers" are perfectly, flawless cast, as is every one from the weary principal to Veronica's vacuous parents. As for direction, Michael Lehmann moves the film at a rapid clip, hitting more high points than you can imagine. Indeed, everything about the film is first-rate.

    The DVD package is very nice, including an interesting audio commentary, an interesting documentary featuring interviews with director, writer, and major cast members (Kim Walker, who died in 2001, sadly excepted), and a script of the ending as originally planned by writer Waters. I recommend the film as a "must have"--but a word of warning. If you were one of the very popular during your high school years, you won't find it in the least enjoyable. Yes: that's really how the rest of us saw you.

    GFT, Amazon Reviewer...more info
  • A film with many subtexts
    Dark comedy. Very dark. Brilliant, too.

    What other reviewers seem not to have touched upon are numerous undercurrents in the film: The "Teenage Suicide: Don't Do It" pop song echoes the equally banal and insightless 80s propagranda line of "Just Say No to Drugs"; the gulf between parents and their teenage children is portrayed in brilliant carricature; after rejecting the popularity culture of which the Heathers are the school's representatives, Winona Ryder's Veronica instead follows Christian Slater's J.D. into a darkly comedic series of murders of all the popular players in school, each murder creatively staged to look like suicides. Nobody seems to question these "suicides." And that pop song keeps on going, as if it were all the answer and all the solution.

    When J.D.'s destructive designs escalate to pretend that the entire school committed a collective suicide, Veronica breaks away from him and in an unforgettable "mexican standoff" she challenges him to back down. But instead of lighting her cigarette he goes through with the remainder of his plan (though the school is saved). She is then free at last to assert her own values and make friends with whom she chooses, rather than by succumbing to peer pressure.

    The film has some brilliant imagery, is full of both hillarious and serious insights, and never loses focus. The very first scene already sets the stage that this film isn't ordinary....more info

  • The Amazonian King completely agrees with what 'Run Lola Run' stated previously!
    In her review, she asked, quote, "Why don't these studios try releasing films & TV shows that AREN'T on DVD like Angus" ???

    Why? Quite simply, it's money. It's much, much cheaper to simply re-release a film with a proven track record than to gamble on the initial DVD release of an (albeit wonderful) 13 year-old film like 'Angus'.

    Studios will never halt their process of releasing a title 2x,3x,4x,5x, etc., due to money. Ever heard of Sam Raimi's first film 'The Evil Dead'? How many releases has it had so far on DVD? I think the last count was 666 (???) A classic teen flick such as 'Heathers' has a fan base of which a certain percentage will buy **every edition* ever issued on DVD. In other words, easy money for the studios....more info
  • Little Darlings run amok
    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 kill each other in a parody of gay bashing. But JD, the misfit personified, has even bigger plans for Veronica and himself. Overcome with self-disgust for assisting in JD's murderous machinations, Veronica turns on him and they do battle.

    This movie was immediately successful but has enjoyed more popularity as a cult classic, but its post-Columbine humor pales a bit in the light of events. There is also rampant homophobia, which may have been funny pre-AIDS, but also loses its edge with a quick reality check. On the upside, Ryder is at her sneering and mocking best, especially when teamed up with Christian Slater, who channels Jack Nicholson throughout. The costumes are equally over-the-top, giving the piece a very period look, although Slater's ubiquitous black trench coat is a bit jarring (again Columbine). Viewed in the perspective of the times, Heathers is a sharply tuned satire on teenaged class-consciousness. It is almost eerie to consider the cheerful cynicism of 1989, when the film was released. To remain a cult classic it is necessary to ignore the blatant disregard of gays and escalating school violence. Heathers is an example of the good old days, before the world got more complicated and attitudes more sensitive. If nothing else, this film clarifies what we've known all along: Shannon Doherty really is a Heather. Luan Gaines/2005.

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  • Still fantastic
    Haven,t seen this movie for years,but it,s still the cult classic I remember, with great performances from all. Still one of my all time favourite films....more info
  • For all the Heathers AND the freaks and geeks
    I didn't have a great sense of humor in high school so I probably wouldn't have appreciated HEATHERS even if it had hit the theatres in my freshman year. The other night,though, I watched Michael Lehman's film with an open mind. Having read a lot of great reviews for it here on Amazon, I hoped for the best, though I try not to begin a movie with huge expectations.

    For the most part HEATHERS did not disappoint me. I'm not a big Christian Slater fan and found his Jack Nicholson imitation distracting at first, but once his character's true nature unraveled, I began to appreciate his warped sense of humor. J.D. is a horrible manipulator and his means to an end (as well as what he wants his end to be) are creepy in our post-Columbine world. But the scary, sad, darkly comic aspects of HEATHERS come from the truths we don't want to hear about our lives and others'. For better or worse, high school IS its own society, full of cliques (some cruel, some kind) and unspoken rules that have harsher penalties than the legal ones.

    I like the fact that HEATHERS is uncompromising in its harsh take on high school life and the school administration's patronizing attitude toward the "supposed" suicides. Life is not always according to John Hughes (though he does capture angst nicely in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off.") Even though the frequent use of "fag" bothered me, I got to thinking that perhaps the homophobia was being made fun of as much as anything else in HEATHERS is.

    Given our current worried culture and its obsession with "family values," I seriously doubt this movie would be made today. In a way that's a shame because underneath all the violence and discontent, there is actually a positive message in Lehman's film about how lightweight the self-important Heathers of this world actually are in the grand scheme of things. Instead of being swept up in the cyclehood of eternal loser, the Martha "Dumptrucks" of the world come out winners (of sorts.)

    After all, as any former (or current) geek can you tell you, life does get better after high school!

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  • "I love my dead gay son!"
    Post-Columbine, it's doubtful that a dark comedy about a trenchcoat wearing maladjust who takes it upon himself to rid his high school of jock bullies and mean, popular girls could ever be made. Which is a shame, because "Heathers" is even more relevant now than it was back in 1989.

    This is not the typical '80's teen movie Cinderella story about an awkward, unpopular kid who somehow wins the affections of an attractive person way out of their league. Nor does it glorify violence as a solution to problems. It's a hilarious and unsparing look at the high school social hierarchy, well-meaning but out-of-touch adults, and how the news media drools like a dirty old man anytime the flame of youth is extinguished in an especially appaling manner. Anyone who remembers their own wonder years as being less than wonderful should be able to relate.
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  • Simply a Classic
    If you were ever into any of the 80's movies, this is a must have. Slater gives a dynamite performance and Rider is still stuck on Beetlejuice....more info
  • heathers
    well tell me you havent ever wanted to off someone in your highschool?..these two took it past that and went on a wild ride of sex and killing..where in the end the people who you hate the most end up making you a better person.....more info
  • Happy customer
    It can be a little scary ordering from the internet. When you order products on Amazon, you can do it with confidence. When I ordered Heathers I was very excited. Talk about nostalgia, so of course I wanted it to arrive when promised. Amazingly enough it did! I wanted to watch it right away so I was very excited that it came in the exact condition it said it would. Perfect! I couldn't ask for a better shopping experience. When I need that hard to find, can't just go to the store to get, I come to Amazon. The sellers are honest(at least the ones I've dealt with) and the service is good. Try finding that at walmart....more info
  • Movie? Good. Extras? Not so much.
    There's not much left to say about "Heathers" that hasn't been said before...groundbreaking black comedy, witty dialogue, inspired story, and so on. It's really dated now, of course, but that's part of what makes it enjoyable to those of us who grew up in the 80's...or at least it's supposed to.

    The movie deserves its reputation, as one of the few, and maybe the best, "anti-John Hughes" teen movies, although it doesn't always seem to wear well. I loved the movie when it first came out, but I only liked it this time around. Maybe the original audience has grown up, and left the three Heathers behind; like actual high school, it doesn't carry as much weight anymore.

    As for the bonus features, it's been my experience that when a "classic" movie like this makes it to DVD 20 or so years later, the extras they manage to whip up aren't all that great, and this proves to be the case here. No mention whatsoever is made of the late Kim Walker (Heather Chandler) who died of cancer in 1999, which seemed a shame to me. She had the most pivotal role in the film, and no one even has one anecdote about working with her? Just as strange but more unsettling are Winona Ryder's comments about her experience on the film: she claims the screenplay is her favorite work of literature (huh?) and that her favorite scene is when Veronica is walking up the hill after the cow-tipping date, and Heather McNamara is getting date raped in the background. Um, okay....more info

  • i loourved it
    Well, i have to say this is now one of my favorite movies now. Christian Slater is the epiphany of the perfect phycopath. and he's hot sooo.....yeah. its a good movie...more info
  • Biting teen satire
    For those who do not respond well to irony and satire, then Heathers is not a film for you. Taking the contemporaneous hysteria over teenage suicide and using it to poke fun at the high school world that more closely resembles reality than John Hughes' films makes for touchy subject matter for those who can't see the irony.

    From the invented group "Big Fun" who sing the popular song "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)", to the interior monologues of various teen friends as they stand around the coffin of one of their departed (but once hated) fellow students, suicide is used by the narrative for both humour and social commentary. This is not to say that the film encourages teens to consider ending their lives; instead it promotes other ways in which teens who feel victimised in high school can deal with its horrors.

    Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in the leading roles were actually teens when the film was shot, and lend a lot of credibility to the film where other teen films fall down with their twenty- and thirty- something casts. The scriptwriting is phenomenal for a teen movie, and this brilliance has probably not been replicated in this genre since. The DVD also includes a great commentary track noting the original ending which was too controversial for New World Pictures to allow to be produced. You can find the script for the alternate ending in the bonus features as well.

    Given that New World Pictures (the only studio willing to give the "out there" script a go) went out of business just after the film's release, and the monopoly of the big studios continues, it's unlikely we'll ever see another film quite like it for teens....more info
  • Good Movie
    I remember watching this movie a few years back. I thought it was decent overall. But my biggest question is if Jason hated the world so much, why didn't he blow himself up inside the gym?...more info
  • Heathers
    I first saw this film on channel 4 in April 2003, at 12:15am. I couldn't keep my eyes of it. Since than i'v watched it at least once a day and brought the DVD. Christian Slater is brillient as JD and i kept me watching right up to the end. Winnona Ryder was fantastic too. This film was witty and funny but also dark and disterbing. I recodmend renting this film just give it a go you won't regret it....more info
  • 2 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Heathers has acquired a considerable cult following, (no doubt in appreciation of its dark tone) but the movie is very dated and its third act, in which the movie compromises its iconoclastic values, torpedoes the film....more info
  • Didn't everybody feel this way in High School?
    I know I did. Sometimes the pressure of stupid jocks and stupid plastics cant drive you up the wall! This movie is a great representation about the adventures of High School and trying to fit in. It sends a great message to just forget the crowd and do your own thing....more info
  • a great 80's black comedy
    this is a funny and dark and hits all the notes and I was really , really into it. Its about 3 popular girls all named Heather( one of them is Shannen Doherty) and then theres Veronica (Ryder), Heather number 1 is like the lead Heather and tries to make Veronica into the popular group, but Vernoica is interested in teh newcomber of the school J.D.(Slater, whose performance is like a Jack Nicholson Performance), they start to be friends and Veronica starts to hate the Heathers. Heather number 1 dies from drinking liquid drainer and then her death is a tragedy. Slater becomes obsessed and demented and him and Ryder lure 2 jocks into the woods and Ryder thinks Slater had a fake gun but he actally kills them, they make it looks like they were a gay couple, my favorite line in the movie is when they attend the funeral of the jocks and the father of one crys and hes holding a football and he says " I love my dead gay son", that was hilarious. Slater goes in a deep crazy mindbender world and stalks Ryder, at the end Slater tries to blow up the school, Ryder shoots off his finger but the school doesnt blow up so they go outside and this is my favorite scene, its when Slater opens his jacket and teh bombs strapped to him and he puts out his arms and then boom. the movie was a classic and it still it...more info
  • Hell-arious Dark Comedy From The '80's
    I watched this movie so much when I was a teen that I can't believe I've never plugged it here before now. Coming in at the tail end of the image-obsessed 1980's and skewering the many high school films made in that decade, Heathers casts a Jack Nicholson-esque Christian Slater with a raging and pseudo-self-loathing Winona Ryder (and a pre-Brenda Walsh Shannon Daugherty) in a sick and absolutely delightful tale of homicide and suicide among popularity-seeking social climbers and mainstream rejects at a typical suburban high school. If someone crossed one of Tim Burton's daydreams and John Hughes' nightmares, the result might just look something like this cunning masterpiece set amid the twilight zone of high school cliques. Getting a lot right in its parody of adolescent sub-cultures, teen angst, and the quest for popularity at all costs, Heathers shows us how one semi-accidental killing of a bitchy it-girl by the young, er, lovers, played by Ryder and Slater, sets off a chain reaction that leads to Slater's plan to blow up his school during a pep rally, and thereby hold the entire student body to its unwitting pledge to commit suicide. The brilliant dialogue in Heathers (and if you really don't know how this film got its name, you'll enjoy finding out) reminds me of Dorothy Parker's stinging wit, and there are expressions here (like the one about a chainsaw...) that still stick in my mind to this day, fourteen years after I first saw this old favorite of mine. Buy this DVD, or rent it, see Heathers for the first time or the first time in a long time, because it's just plain worth it!...more info
  • Bad 80s Movie
    I watched this at my girlfriend's insistance and being a fan of 80s movies I was optimistic. However, I just did not like this movie. The plot, while it had potential, was just lame and I don't think Christian Slater, Winona Rider, and the rest of the cast could have done a worse job acting. Still this movie has achieved cult status and many people, as you can tell from the other reviews, love this movie. This movie was not for me....more info
  • Chaos was what killed the dinosaurs, darling.
    After I finished watching Heathers for the first time, I couldn't help but look over my body to make sure that I wasn't bleeding from any cuts. This was literally the sharpest written film that I have ever experienced arriving from the 1980s. From the dialogue to the story to the underlying symbolism that hits you right in the face, it is hard to believe that this film isn't on the top list of everyone out there. It reminded me of the first time that I watched Fight Club. The darkness surrounding Tyler Durden was nearly the same as what followed Slater around as he forced Ryder into these situations. In fact, the similarities between the two films are outstanding. I would love to take these two movies and watch them back to back to see what else could be connected. For those that liken Heathers to Mean Girls, I would say "yes", but Fight Club has more relevance. Even the film The Suicide Club seemed to ooze a bit of Heathers the first time I watched it. Either way, this movie stands out above anything else that I have witnessed. The dark characters, the lines spoken by the actors and the story just seeped "cult classic" and should be watched by everyone interested in film.

    I have to applaud the actors in this film. I realize that this was one of Christian Slater's first films and he was phenomenal. The speeches that he delivered spoke to me and really defined him as a better actor than what he eventually became. Ryder was exceptional as well. The chemistry that these two had together should go down in film books as one of the quirkiest romances Hollywood has ever contrived. Their ability to make us believe in their plight as well feel their frustration and anguish is tough to find in today's Hollywood. Combined with some great performances by (gasp...should I say it?) Shannon Doherty, Lisanne Falk, and Kim Walker as the three "Heathers", you cannot help but find yourself lost in these rich, devoted characters. While the story carries itself, these actors brought the words of the screenplay to life. They spoke of more than just high school drama, but instead the status of our society and the absurdity of suicide. They changed themes, destroyed stagnant decisions, and opened the door to so many possibilities, both dark and comical, that I am shocked that more isn't explored with this film. If I were to grab three films about our society to show to a race of aliens, I would take Fight Club, The Suicide Club, and Heathers. These are the films that are not afraid to speak the truth about our world.

    I need to go ahead and say "WOW" to the story. Not just "WOW" in a state of shock, but also a "WOW" in the style of excitement. I did not see this film coming. I knew that it had been promoted as this "dark comedy", but I have seen plenty of those and was concerned that it just wouldn't hit the buttons that it needed to. Again, and I love to say this, but I was wrong. Daniel Waters dove deep into the world of High School and exposed some of the darkest corners that other Hollywood films were afraid to touch. Even Mean Girls never quite hit the buttons that it should have. This movie talked about sex, parties, drugs, clicks, and the harshness of being an outcast. It did this in such a "real" way that you could not't help but think back to your own High School days while watching this movie. The language is so intense that after you watch it for the first time, certain quotes are just imbedded in your mind. What other film can you say creates that impression? I know of only a handful that I walked away from still quoting the movie. Heathers is a success and should never be ignored.

    Finally, I would like to give credit to director Michael Lehmann for exposing such a brutal topic and not going too commercial with it. There were some moments where you could tell that there was a Hollywood path that Lehmann could have followed and made viewers probably happier, but instead he completely turned and went a new direction. There were scenes that I was shocked to see, like the scene in the bathroom with Heather and her pills, because it was as if Lehmann was creating more than just a story, but an entire world. His attention to detail and obvious hand on the pulse of the young adult world was obvious in this film. Lehmann successfully created a lasting dark comedy that is both thought provoking and exciting at the same time. I would even go so far as to say that this might have been the best movie to come out of the 80s, but I don't want to jump too soon ... but it is close.

    Overall, I suggest Heathers to everyone and anyone. I also suggest skipping any version that comes on television and go straight to getting it on DVD. The R-rating gives you the full effect of this film, while I think anything less would diminish the quality of this Grade "A" work. For those that passionately loved Fight Club and want to see the issues expressed in that film on a high school level, than this is the film for you! Amazing from beginning to end with some of the greatest quotes any singular film has created! I cannot wait to watch this film again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again!

    Grade: ***** out of *****...more info
  • Worst movie I've ever seen...
    Call this review unhelpful if you wish...but it is very easy to summarize this film. It is BY FAR the WORST movie I have ever seen. In every way this movie is terrible - script, cast, directing, editing, soundtrack. It is offensive, poorly acted, stupid and Christian Slater is ungodly bad (does Amazon let you swear, because f---ing piece of s--- is the more appropriate title of this film). If you buy this movie, you are just plain stupid. Sorry, but it is that bad. And I don't feel like I will ever have to defend my rating - if you trust the people on Amazon that have given this flick (dump) 4-5 stars, that's your own fault. Don't say I didn't warn you. And if you do like the film, I can send you a movie of my dog taking a c--- for $3 instead.

    Cult classic my f---ing a--. If this is a cult classic, pass me the magic Kool-aid!...more info
  • Five Stars for the Movie, One Star for Yet MORE Corporate Extortion
    The ONLY new feature in this edition is a documentary called "Return to Westerberg High". EVERYTHING ELSE is the SAME, despite this being a 2 disc, 20 year reunion edition. Check out The Digital Bits & see for yourself lest the corporate cheerleaders dare to call me a liar.

    If you don't already have this movie, get this release. Otherwise, don't sweat the upgrade & stop encouraging studios w/double dipping. What next, the 30 year edition?? 45 years?? 60 years? Why don't these studios try releasing films & TV shows that AREN'T on DVD like Angus or finish what they started? ...more info
  • First Came "Heathers," Then Came Columbine.
    Watching "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" director Michael Lehmann's audaciously abrasive comedy "Heathers" with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is like spiking your morning orange juice with Drano. Although the unsavory shenanigans of Ryder and Slater are rather morbid and mean-spirited, the victims of their pranks fully deserve the consequences. No, audiences who adored John Hughes' delightful teen angst comedies would probably find it a supreme challenge to sit through this trenchant, traumatic tale. The same applies for uptight religious fanatics and self-conscious prudes without a sick sense of humor. Anybody that has ever suffered at the hands of snobbish people or bullies will relish this film thoroughly and ultimately want to add it to their film collection. Generally, most critics cite the Leonardo DiCaprio drama "The Basketball Diaries" as the stimulus for the dreadful Columbine high school massacre. In retrospect, "Heathers" surpasses "The Basketball Diaries" as a most likely candidate for the movie that triggered the shooting rampage that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launched back in April 1999 as a result of the social cliques, subcultures, and bullying that pervaded their Colorado-based high school.

    "Heathers" takes place at Westerburg High School in Sherwood, Ohio, where fashion-minded Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder of "Lost Souls") tries to fit in with three vain and vicious vixens all of whom share the same first name Heather: Heather Chandler (Kim Walker of "Say Anything"), Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty of "Mall Rats") and Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk of "Suicide Kings"), that reserve nothing but venom for all that cross their paths. Veronica comes from a well-to-do but rather dysfunctional family, too. When her father (William Cort) wonders aloud why he reads spy novels and smokes cigarettes, Veronica reminds him that he is an "idiot." Strangely, while she lacks the cruelty that drives the Heathers, Veronica has a conscience and a kind word for most people, so she seems rather out-of-place with this terrible triumvirate. Indeed, she seems like a considerate Nazi that follows orders. The Heathers are grooming her and they use her uncanny ability to forge letters. For their first prank, Chandler coerces Veronica into forging a note from a jock to a Martha 'Dumptruck' Dunnstock (Carrie Lynn of "Disturbed"), a short, fat, ugly girl. While the Heathers and Veronica are up to these antics, Jason J.D. Dean (Christian Slater of "True Romance") watches this spectacle from the corner of the lunchroom. Dressed in a long, black coat, J.D. wears a squinty-eyed expression and delivers each line with a Jack Nicholson-esquire accent. Not only does J.D. attract Veronica's interest, but he also draws the attention of two letter-jacketed jocks, Ram Sweeney (Patrick Labyorteaux of "Ghoulies III") and Peter Dawson (Jeremy Applegate of "The Cable Guy"), who try to harass him. J.D. rises and pulls a pistol and shoots them. Later, we learn that he had loaded blanks in his gun.

    "Heathers" was scenarist Daniel Waters' first screenplay. He went on to write "Hudson Hawk," "Demolition Man," and "Batman Returns." Waters' script drips with sarcasm galore. Look at the "Heathers" home page on IMDb.COM for these memorable barbs. Anyway, Lehmann and he skewer themes like teen suicide and peer pressure without a qualm. Audiences that cringe at the frequent usage of the F-word and the S-word are hereby warned. Eventually, Veronica joins forces with J.D., a loner who has spent his life moving around wherever his father's jobs take him in the construction industry. Like Veronica, J.D. enjoys a witty, irreverent relationship with his dad. Revealing anything else about this absolutely brilliant but politically incorrect chronicle would dilute its impact. Prepare yourself to be entertained and enlightened by one of the more clever example of the 1980s. Sadly, the careers of both Winona Ryder and Christian Slater lost them impact in the late 1999s. She got into trouble for shoplifting, while Slater repeatedly chose bad movies and eventually found himself in straight-to-video schlock with occasional exceptions like John Woo's "Windtalkers." Director Michael Lehmann helmed a couple of winners like "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and the goofy "Airheads," but he has confined himself since to television. Nevertheless, "Heathers" remains a groundbreaking film that can be watch repeatedly.

    Of course, the dark side of this film is that could be charged with creating the kind of moronic, anti-social imbeciles who engineered the Columbine massacre. And you know in our society, we always have to find a scapegoat--like a great movie--to blame what went wrong rather than the parents, administrators, and students that forged those monster. ...more info
  • Still freaks me out!
    Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is pretty creepy even to this day. I like this dark comedy and boy it is dark to say the least. Slater tends to over-do-it, I think he was trying to channel Jack Nicholson or something but Ryder really nails this film frame by frame. Look for a young Shannen Doherty pre-90210 days. This film deals with teen suicide in a somewhat comical way, you have to see Heathers if you are one of those girls stuck in a clique, enjoy!...more info
  • Good for a few laughs, but the sparkle's gone...
    I first saw 'Heathers' when I was sixteen years old, and it spoke directly to my nihilistic and careless malaise that's at the heart of any good period of teen angst. I loved it.

    Now, some years later, I've come back to it with nothing but the fondest of memories, and I find that while it's still the same movie, it hasn't aged at all well.

    The basic plot premise consists of Bored Popular Girl (Winona Ryder) meets Edgy Ne'er-Do-Well (Christian Slater) and begins to inadvertently act out her rebellious fantasies of murdering those who cross her. If you could cross 'Degrassi Junior High' with 'Bowling for Columbine' you'd have sort of an idea of what I mean.

    The movie is laden with self-conscious performances from its leads, and the supporting cast is a blacker-minded sort of stock eighties teen, but homogenous nonetheless. It's difficult to watch Slater shamelessly plaigarise Jack Nicholson (in that it's not a particularly good impression, nor is it a likeable one), and Winona Ryder does try her best, but she's just not very convincing as a Murderess. It's sort of like watching an Olsen twin trying Shakespeare, but not as literate.

    Direction is similarly overstated, it's a post-Molly Ringwald excessiveness that strips away creative ambiguity and spells everything out for the audience - except when the plot devices (Ich Luge bullets and Beaker mix-ups) are so blatantly hokey, this works against the movie, in that we end up wondering how Veronica could have been so stupid in the first place.

    But maybe that's not the point - maybe Slater's speech about how her subconscious really wanted to commit murder is the whole point of the story. If that's the case, however, the unsuredness and inexperience of the two leading actors makes for performances with zero depth or subtlety - in short, one-dimensional characters trying (and failing) to give their collective raison d'etre some hidden depths.

    It's not all bad news, though. Some of the scenes are amusing to watch (particularly the Homosexual Artifacts one, a curious and almost quaint look back at how attitudes have since changed) and some of the pranks played by the Heathers themselves are still blacker-than-pitch (poor Martha Dumptruck!). All in all, though, 'Heathers' is a movie that hasn't aged well. Be prepared to make major allowances for time and talent if ou choose to watch it again!...more info
  • classic black comedy
    the heathers are the most popular girls in the school along with Veronica who hates the heathers and starts to fall for J.D.(marvelously played by Christian Slater). then one heather dies from liquid drainer and then all hell breaks loose with comedy one liners(like "I love my dead gay son", etc. etc) and some deep black stuff. for Slater, Ryder or Doherty fans....more info
  • Heathers is great!
    This movie is awesome! It's such a classic in that without it, many movies would not have been thought of and made....more info
  • DARK AND OFTEN BIZARRE, BUT DAZZLING IN EVERY WAY
    What a superbly crafted black comedy with an insider's view of highschool powerplays, teenage angst, clueless parents, twerpy faculty, etc etc. Could have easily gone down the beaten path and become one of the countless teen movies, but this is undoubtedly an under-rated gem!

    As some reviewers lament, be prepared for parts that are dark and disturbing, but the film is also hilarious for the most part, and whatever your emotional reaction, the dialogue is never off-target. In fact the film's script and visual style are so clever that laughing at murder does not seem much of a guilty pleasure.

    For all the talk of suicide, the underlying theme couches a universal and heartening meaning: that all people are created equal, the "in crowd" as well as the nerds.

    You need your sense of humor in the right place, and if you've got it there, this movie comes highly recommended from me!...more info

  • Veronica Sawyer - Nietzschean superwoman
    First, let me say that "Heathers" is a fabulous movie. It ended the 80s teen movie genre. The writing is witty, and the story and acting are all top notch. Others have written better on these subjects than I could, so instead I will concentrate on Veronica, the antiheroine of this movie.

    "Heathers" begins with Westerberg's power clique, consisting of Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, Heather McNamera, and Veronica Sawyer. The Heathers are cruel. Veronica starts hating her friends and her life. Heather Chandler, the leader, confirms that Veronica has turned her back on her true friends for power and popularity. After a fight with Chandler, in which she vows to destroy Veronica's social status, Veronica writes in her diary that she wants Chandler dead. A few hours later, with the help of J.D., she accomplishes this. Was picking up the wrong glass truly a mistake? Consciously, perhaps. Subconsciously, I feel it was deliberate. To coverup the crime, Veronica composes a fake suicide note. In her prayer at Chandler's funeral, she confesses her guilt.

    Later, two jock jerks sully Veronica's reputation. She and J.D. hatch a plan to shoot the jocks with nonlethal bullets and make them appear to be homosexuals. Once again, did she really believe the bullets were nonlethal? Regardless, when she finally shoots Kurt, she is very aware that the bullets are lethal, but kills him anyway.

    [As an aside, I am an ex-DA. Veronica's guilt of murder on the first three are all slam dunks. In each case, even if she did not mean to kill them, she assaulted all three intentionally (including Ram, for she and J.D. attacked Kurt and Ram together). If you intentionally harm someone and cause his death, you are guilty of murder even if you did not mean to kill that person. On the other hand, given J.D.'s mother's suicide, sadistic father, and antisocial behavior, it is quite likely he would be found not guilty by reason of insanity.]

    Her fourth crime is the attempted murder of J.D. Of course, it was done for what in her mind was to save the students of the school. But had she truly wanted to save the school, she would have contacted the authorities. She could not do that without confessing her other crimes, so she took justice into her own hands. The added benefit, of course, was eliminating the one person who knew of her other crimes.

    So what do we have at the end of the movie? Four people are dead. Three were cruel, and one was crazy. None needed to die, but since they were mean people, Veronica eliminated them. Her crimes were horrible, but for a greater good in her eyes. As she said in her prayer, she just wanted a nicer school. To her credit, she accomplished this.

    As the movie ends, Veronica snatches the red bow from Heather Duke and assumes her position as queen of Westerburg. At the beginning of the movie, we had Chandler as the leader with three friends in her clique. At the end, it is exactly the same! Veronica, the former best friend of Chandler, has assumed her place. Martha, the former best friend of Duke, replaces her. Betty Finn, former best friend of Veronica, takes Sawyer's place. And McNamera, who was humiliated due to her own act of contrition, retains her position in Veronica's circle. At the end, Westerburg is a nicer school, thanks to the many murders of Miss Sawyer. The ends justify the means, and Veronica Sawyer is truly beyond good and evil. ...more info
  • great and interesting movie about teen agnst
    who would of thought that a movie dealing with the issue involving teen anxiety would turn out to be actually decent? i sure didn't but after seeing this movie not only was a forced to admit some movies can be good even if the theme is stupid, i actually ended up loving how they protrayed the theme in this movie!
    for a movie origionally released in 1989, its kind of interesting and disturbing to see Christian Slater's character wear a black trench coat and go around shooting other kids, but there is so much more to this movie than just murder and violence.
    this movie is categorized as a dark comedy, but there are some very heart touching moments of seriousness that really stand out to the viewer. All the stereotypes that are given to highschool cliques of various sorts (cheerleaders, jocks, stoners, etc..) are incorporated in a way that not only makes it look funny, but makes us realize how shallow we all were in high school. then there are examples of how parents can be very ignorant and apathetic towards their kids, as seen with christian slater's dad and both of wynona rider's parents. and also we get to see examples of irony and the sickness of human nature when the person's reputation is at stake, like when the girl's were going out with the jocks on a cow tipping run only because rider's 'friend' needed to have a double date with the jocks, and when rider and the first Heather go to the frat party even though rider doesn't want to go and ends up having a horrible time.
    but by far the best part of the movie is the last (at least) 1/3 of the movie, the plot is on a very fast track with no intent on stopping, it is full of many interesting twists and turns until it comes to the very end. The ending to this movie is probobly the best ending ive ever seen for a movie (at least it is off the top of my head right now anyway) and really presents to the viewer the futility of all our stupid barriers we set up against other people just because they're not cool and are different, and we also see what happens when these actions take their toles on the unfortunate people that are cast out.
    id consider this a timeless classic that should get more recognition, expecially with all the stupid new teen movies like Euro trip. what we have to keep in mind though is, even though this is supposed to be a comedy (dark comedy, but still...) there are many people out in the world that embody the traits of these characters, and this alone should make us sad....more info
  • best black comedy ever
    first time i saw this was back in 1991 and i was only about 9 or 10 and i loved this movie! it became a favorite of mine and still is. i consider it to be the best high school black comedy ever made. this is an amazing film that should have gotten more recogniton when it first came out. great 80's movie. this dvd is also really good, it has a bunch of extras and is really cool....more info
  • Whats The Thanks I Get, It's All Over The HallWay Carpet, I got Peed In Puke. LICK IT UP BABY LICK IT UP!
    "I just killed my best friend."
    "And Your Worst Enemy"
    Excellent Dark Comedy.. I love this movie religiously!...more info
  • They wouldn't make this film today.
    J.D. (Christian Slater), a rebellious student, shows up at Westerberg High, a school dominated by a bitchy clique of girls, all called Heather. With the unwilling assistance of his girlfriend, Veronica (Winona Ryder), J.D. starts murdering the school bullies and making the murders look like suicide, but as one bully vanishes, another just rises up to take its place.

    To say that "Heathers" is unique would be wrong, as it is essentially a remake of a little known 1970's movie, "Massacre at Central High" (although "Heathers" is by far the superior film), and I found "Ginger Snaps" to be very similar in style and tone (some people have compared "Mean Girls" with "Heathers", but "Heathers" is far darker and make "Mean Girls" look like a romantic comedy in comparison). However, there are very few teenage movies that show the dark side of adolescence with this much humour and accuracy. Not that that surprises me. Could you really imagine anyone financing a movie now where the film's protagonist brings a gun to school in order to scare the school jocks?

    "Heathers" is a well written, well directed film, with all of the actors in top form. I am a big fan of Christian Slater and will watch just about anything that he is in, but this is by far my favourite of all of his films. Slater is always at his best when he is playing a character that is not entirely balanced and the character of J.D. is Slater at his most psychotic. "Heathers" is one of those rare films where the more times I watch it, the more I love it. As I said before, it is "different", so some viewers might not like it at first because of this (the first time I saw it, when I was 14, I didn't really like it). However, it is a film worth sticking with, because it really does have a lot to say and it truly deserves to be considered a cult classic.
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  • Movies that DON'T SUCK
    The transfer and audio on this DVD are acceptable, haven't managed to watch any of the DVD extras, but screened this movie for several people who haven't seen it in ages, and some people who hadn't been born yet when the movie came out... everyone agrees, this movie doesn't suck!

    A classic movie, it had a huge influence on many movies that came later and a pop culture phenomenon... A must see if you like watching movies.

    "Eskimo"


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  • "These are ickluga bullets"
    I became a teenager when this movie was released and boy did it hit home. As another reviewer pointed out, this movie was very accurate in its portrayal of high school life: Cliques, trying to fit in with the cool people, the handsome stranger who sits in the corner of the cafeteria during lunch who turns out to be very interesting.

    It could be the story of high school life in the big city or the small town.

    The chemistry between Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is hard to beat. When Monica (Ryder) sees Jason Dean (Slater) for what he really is, he gets his comeuppance in the end.

    Dark comedy or not, it's a pleasure to watch this over and over again....more info

  • *sings*Teenage Suiciiiiide...DON'T DO IT! :)
    'Heathers' is one of those movies that could probably not be made in this current day of age; most likely being deemed to insensitive or too dark. To an extent this was also the case in 1988, but thankfully near-bankrupt New World Entertainment decided to stick their necks out and do the piece. Revolving around the high school popularity and the inherent cliques that come from it, to murder and teenage suicide, 'Heathers' is undeniably one of the best dark comedy/teen movie ever made.

    'Heathers' tells the story of a power and callous clique of `Heathers,' and the entry of Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) into this group. We get an ultra-satiric glimpse of high school (set in the 1980s); from the geeks to the jocks, along with the war like activities high school students unleash on each other... here, to the ultimate of extents. After Veronica begins to despise her supposed friends, she meets up with Jason Dean, played by the young "Jack Nicholson-esque" Christian Slater, whom helps to escalate this hatred for the Heathers (and some others... ). As the body count begins to rise Veronica tries to break free from her and J.D.'s doings; dark comedy and great satire flow like water.

    'Heathers' is one of those cult classics that one will either love or walk away sickened and disturbed wondering what the hell the writers and producers were thinking. I am of the first group of course. If you just look at 'Heathers' on the surface, and do not try to look any deeper into the underlying meaning, then you have missed the point. If you haven't seen it yet, you really should; it's an 1980s classic and shouldn't be missed. ...more info
  • 2 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Heathers has acquired a considerable cult following, (no doubt in appreciation of its dark tone) but the movie is very dated and its third act, in which the movie compromises its iconoclastic values, torpedoes the film....more info
  • Funny!
    This isn't an overly good movie, but still a nice comedy to watch if nothing good is on the tube....more info
  • Genius black comedy / Satire
    This film personifies high school, classic 80's teen angst cult film. Right down to the cliques in high school. The one difference between Westburg High & my high school is nobody was killing the popular kids off. Christian Slater plays Jason Dean (JD) a sociopath new kid in school who is fed up with cliques and the everday sheep students trying to fit in with the cool kids. Winona Ryder plays Veronica an individual but hangs with the Heathers to make life in HS easier. She notices JD's individuality and they start dating. Everythings is great until he wants to kill off the Heather girls & popular students. So he manipulates Veronica to help him kill off her simple minded friends & make it look like suicides. At first she is repulsed but can't stand her friends so she gives in. If you look deeper into this film beyond the quirky comedy the message is scary the desensitized unemotional oblivious parents, the quirky teacher who still wants to be a student, the song "teenage suicide don't do it" set to a pop upbeat melody. It really reflects high school a bit exaggerated but still relatable. A very dark film about the lengths kids will go to fit in and be liked. One kids twisted view of how the world should be. The ending is great the little speech Christian Slater gives to Wynona Ryder after attempting to blow up the school listen to it makes you think about what he says long after viewing the film. One of my favorite films and essential to collection, a must see to anyone grew up in 80's cinema....more info
  • The End of John Hughes Teen Dramas...
    Don't get me wrong - Love John Hughes. But this is not Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles or even the Breakfast Club. If you're looking for the sugary sweetness of those happy endings - Heathers isn't for you. There are no scenes that are going to make you overly nostalgic for being a teen in this dark comedy.
    The 3 Heathers rule the school of Westerburg High and Heather Chandler (#1) is the dominant red wearing queen. Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) her best friend is dressed mainly in blue - for truth? She is our perspective for the most part and her diary entries (where she pours out all her true feelings) are perfect. Heather Duke - dressed in green for envy of Heather Chandler's power. And Heather MacNamara dressed in yellow for her fear of - everything. They walk the halls of Westerburg secure in their popularity and the fear the instill in their peers.
    Enter Jason Dean (Slater) the "black horse in the running". He attracts Veronica mainly because he's an outsider too cool for anyone else and she's sick of the Heathers. He is seen in black for a very good reason. He is ultimately the protagonist for the killings (which are all too believable)
    The movie is great, showing without remorse the absolute solitude that HS can be. The stereotypes, while exaggerated are suspiciously close to the truth. Arrogent teachers, clueless parents, heartless peers... Ahhh High School.
    Heathers is also has great quotes. BVS is the only other thing I can think of that perfected it's own slang so well. It makes the movie timeless.

    "F*** me gently with a chainsaw. Do I look like mother Theresa?" - Heather C.
    "I just killed my bestfriend." - Veronica "And your worst enemy." - JD "Same difference." - Veronica
    "Did you have a brain-tumer for breakfast?" Heather C....more info

  • Heathers is great!
    This movie is awesome! It's such a classic in that without it, many movies would not have been thought of and made....more info
  • Darkly wonderful and peculiar gem of the 80s
    This dark comedy is laced with satire, humor, and wit, much like many of my favorite novels. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater make the ideal duo - until she realizes she needs "cool guys like him out of her life."

    Winona, here as Veronica Sawyer, was formerly the best gal pal of dorky yet insanely innocent and kind Betty Finn (both character names are derived from the Archie comic strip). Now, she's taken it up with three girls by the name of Heather. Duke and Chandler may or may not be genuinely evil, while McNamara is just plain pathetically insecure. The thing is, Veronica hates her new so-called friends. It's just their "job to be popular and s***," that's all.

    Christian Slater, to my utter dismay, seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth since this booming debut. Here, his performance mimicks that of witty and humorous Jack Nicolson.

    "Greetings and salutations." :)

    J.D. and Veronica make the ideal couple. Both are witty, bright, and loathe the existence of the high school world. Only J.D. is insanely violent as well, and his actions are bringing about vast repercussions for not only himself, but for Veronica as well. And Veronica is beginning to wise up and realize that J.D., despite his charms and wit, isn't worth all his trouble(s) and excess baggage. Besides, he's got an unhealthy fascination with guns.

    After the demise of the leading Heather - their doing through liquid bleach - a second Heather takes her place as leader, even more aggressive and bratty than her predecessor.

    Veronica ponders what to do over old and new friendships and accidental deaths in her diary. She and hunky J.D. manage to kill a Heather and two dim-witted jocks but escape suspicion for murder because they leave behind suicide notes. Veronica can perfectly imitate handwriting styles, as we find out during the first 5 minutes of the film when the three Heathers coerce her into writing a love note to high school outcast Martha "Dumptruck" Dunstock and signing a popular jock's signature to it. She approaches him at his lunch table and uproarious laughter ensues.

    Teenage suicide seems to be all the rage in the world of Westerburg High, despite the popularity of fictional band Big Fun's hit single, "Teenage Suicide (Don't Do It)." Even though Veronica has left J.D. behind, he still has conjured up his own evil plans concerning the future of Westerburg. And the Heather in control is abusing her privileges - Veronica knows she wants out.

    HEATHERS is so much more than a screwball comedy. Since its release, no other film has managed to live up to the same wit and dark humor and charm found throughout, making this film a genuine benchmark in the history of movies - and the 80s, for that matter. HEATHERS takes one glimpse at the work of ultra-cool 80s director/writer John Hughes and laughs in his face, making his Molly Ringwald flicks look like garbage in comparison.

    Could this be why Winona is still alive in Hollywood and Molly is not?

    Perhaps....more info

  • brilliant
    this movie is one of the best that i have seen. it has all the emotians that make this movie a hit. i was glued to the screen and it finished at 2am. i loved every minute of it.the only thing that i would change is the ending, but the way that it ended showed how brave somone has to be. my favorite charater was jd played by christian slater, he was funy weird and an enjoyable performance. it was great!!...more info
  • No more nice teen.
    This is a cool anti-goody,goody teen movie. This is where the cruel girl in school came from. With a great cast, some good music, and teen's being knocked off left and right, what more could you want? A must have for any DVD collection! We miss you, Kim Walker....more info
  • winona ryder's best film to date.....
    a film about teens plagued with mean spiritedness and revenge on their minds ends up being one of the best films of the 80's. one of the most darkest comedies with envious contempt. evil at its core, yet deliciously irrisistable.
    the whole cast is sensational, especially ryder, who still says in interviews today, this is personally her favorite film she has done in her career....more info
  • wicked
    this 80s satire on teenage suicide is hysterical. as brilliant as it is morbid, the action starts off full speed and doesn't stop. extremely witty dialogue, with great catch phrases like "what's your damage?". winona ryder is amazing as veronica, the fourth-wheel of the most popular clique in school. the actual cinematography is clever, lots of very interesting shots, good color and lots of recurring thematics. not a movie for everyone, but definitely worth checking out....more info
  • First Came "Heathers," Then Came Columbine.
    Watching "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" director Michael Lehmann's audaciously abrasive comedy "Heathers" with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater is like spiking your morning orange juice with Drano. Although the unsavory shenanigans of Ryder and Slater are rather morbid and mean-spirited, the victims of their pranks fully deserve the consequences. No, audiences who adored John Hughes' delightful teen angst comedies would probably find it a supreme challenge to sit through this trenchant, traumatic tale. The same applies for uptight religious fanatics and self-conscious prudes without a sick sense of humor. Anybody that has ever suffered at the hands of snobbish people or bullies will relish this film thoroughly and ultimately want to add it to their film collection. Generally, most critics cite the Leonardo DiCaprio drama "The Basketball Diaries" as the stimulus for the dreadful Columbine high school massacre. In retrospect, "Heathers" surpasses "The Basketball Diaries" as a most likely candidate for the movie that triggered the shooting rampage that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launched back in April 1999 as a result of the social cliques, subcultures, and bullying that pervaded their Colorado-based high school.

    "Heathers" takes place at Westerburg High School in Sherwood, Ohio, where fashion-minded Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder of "Lost Souls") tries to fit in with three vain and vicious vixens all of whom share the same first name Heather: Heather Chandler (Kim Walker of "Say Anything"), Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty of "Mall Rats") and Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk of "Suicide Kings"), that reserve nothing but venom for all that cross their paths. Veronica comes from a well-to-do but rather dysfunctional family, too. When her father (William Cort) wonders aloud why he reads spy novels and smokes cigarettes, Veronica reminds him that he is an "idiot." Strangely, while she lacks the cruelty that drives the Heathers, Veronica has a conscience and a kind word for most people, so she seems rather out-of-place with this terrible triumvirate. Indeed, she seems like a considerate Nazi that follows orders. The Heathers are grooming her and they use her uncanny ability to forge letters. For their first prank, Chandler coerces Veronica into forging a note from a jock to a Martha 'Dumptruck' Dunnstock (Carrie Lynn of "Disturbed"), a short, fat, ugly girl. While the Heathers and Veronica are up to these antics, Jason J.D. Dean (Christian Slater of "True Romance") watches this spectacle from the corner of the lunchroom. Dressed in a long, black coat, J.D. wears a squinty-eyed expression and delivers each line with a Jack Nicholson-esquire accent. Not only does J.D. attract Veronica's interest, but he also draws the attention of two letter-jacketed jocks, Ram Sweeney (Patrick Labyorteaux of "Ghoulies III") and Peter Dawson (Jeremy Applegate of "The Cable Guy"), who try to harass him. J.D. rises and pulls a pistol and shoots them. Later, we learn that he had loaded blanks in his gun.

    "Heathers" was scenarist Daniel Waters' first screenplay. He went on to write "Hudson Hawk," "Demolition Man," and "Batman Returns." Waters' script drips with sarcasm galore. Look at the "Heathers" home page on IMDb.COM for these memorable barbs. Anyway, Lehmann and he skewer themes like teen suicide and peer pressure without a qualm. Audiences that cringe at the frequent usage of the F-word and the S-word are hereby warned. Eventually, Veronica joins forces with J.D., a loner who has spent his life moving around wherever his father's jobs take him in the construction industry. Like Veronica, J.D. enjoys a witty, irreverent relationship with his dad. Revealing anything else about this absolutely brilliant but politically incorrect chronicle would dilute its impact. Prepare yourself to be entertained and enlightened by one of the more clever example of the 1980s. Sadly, the careers of both Winona Ryder and Christian Slater lost them impact in the late 1999s. She got into trouble for shoplifting, while Slater repeatedly chose bad movies and eventually found himself in straight-to-video schlock with occasional exceptions like John Woo's "Windtalkers." Director Michael Lehmann helmed a couple of winners like "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and the goofy "Airheads," but he has confined himself since to television. Nevertheless, "Heathers" remains a groundbreaking film that can be watch repeatedly.

    Of course, the dark side of this film is that could be charged with creating the kind of moronic, anti-social imbeciles who engineered the Columbine massacre. And you know in our society, we always have to find a scapegoat--like a great movie--to blame what went wrong rather than the parents, administrators, and students that forged those monster. ...more info
  • "Dear Diary, my teen-angst...now has a body count."
    The 'kill them all let god sort them out' version of the going to high school in the 80s some of us only dreamed of at the time . Little did we know that we'd be dealing with the ' Swatch dogs and Diet Coke heads' the rest of our sorry, outcast ,underachieving lives. The best of the teen films of my generation and Winona Ryder is hot despite the lamentable clothing and hair styles. Christian Slater as an eerie precurser of Columbine, wherein teen angst really becomes homicidal.
    hard to find generally on dvd so get it while you can-has extras and an acceptable transfer to dvd....more info
  • Time for a Slushie!
    This movie is probably my favorite. The complete and (almost) utter truth about High School life that is protrayed in this movie is almost creepy. The only difference between my high school, and the highschool in this movie, is that there was no mass-killings, (thankfully). But this movie is awesome! My parents showed me this before I entered my first year of public school (8th grade) And it seriuosly scared me when I went to public school, just to think how accurate the movie is. It has some of the most awesome quotes in the entire world. Long Live Heathers, the best dark comedy in the world....more info
  • How very.
    Heathers is absolutely fantastic. It portrays teen life to a T and it does a great job of mocking it. The main character, Veronica (played by Winona Ryder), makes me feel like she's duplicating my life and every other teenager's life. The gorgeous Christian Slater plays the mysterious newcomer, JD. It doesn't even matter how awesome he was in the movie (though he was pretty awesome), he's just a nice peice of eye candy. It's a very relatable film and I think everyone should see it. ...more info
  • The Character of Martha Dunstock
    Rather than give another general review as others have kindly done, my review focuses on one aspect of the film, indeed one character, that of Martha.

    Martha Dunstock is known throughout the film as Martha Dumptruck. Even the film credits include the nickname `Dumptruck' besides the character's surname (evidently feeling the need to labour the point). Portrayed as unattractive and pathetically grateful for any attention she is given, she unwittingly provides the Slater character with information enabling him to murder a student. Later, when the cult status of the `suicides' (that is, murdered students) becomes apparent, Martha attempts her own suicide by walking into the path of traffic. But her attempt is shown as a failure. At the end of the film Martha is bruised and now disabled, in an electric wheelchair. Ryder's character, having finished her voyage of self-realisation, rejects the school Prom night and instead invites Martha to stay in with a video and popcorn. Martha gratefully accepts and the closing scenes show Ryder walking along the corridor while Martha encircles her like a planet around the sun.

    The image of Martha in her wheelchair, an object of pity for Ryder and for the audience, signifies to us fears of being different, of not being beautiful, of not being loved and respected. Martha is the person we are all frightened of becoming. She is given no means of solving her predicament by the film maker. And though some of us in the audience may be fat, or disabled, or both, we may yet still fear Martha, and are invited to consider Ryder's protagonist's journey of self discovery as our own, even is in physical and social reality, we are more like Martha.

    For this reason, `Heathers' fails as an exploration of the `Hell' of High School ( a description often used by Buffy/Angel/ Firefly's Joss Whedon). Those in the audience NOT as thin and complying with Western standards of `beauty' as the protagonists (probably the majority of us) ultimately may find the so-called subversion of cruel hierarchy in this film just that little too shallow, leaving a bitter after-taste. The way `fat' people are portrayed in films such as these unfortunately often reflect the predictable, transparent and absurd fixations of the film makers. Sadly this is happening even today - in some ways it has gotten even worse since the Western World decided to wage a 'war on fat' (to quote Paul Campos) - and even at best it is lazy film-making.
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  • You will hate life more than life hates you...
    "Our love is God... let's go get a slushie."

    This film is actually smarter than it lets on. It knows its subject matter so well that you can't help but marvel at the relevance. The look, fashion and soundtrack might be dated, but the point sure isn't....more info

  • Whethr to commit suicide or not is one of the most important decisions a teenager has to make
    Black comedy at it's best. This film is so brilliant in the way it doesn't sit there and glorify suicide, it just makes fun of what all other movies were doing and the way the media was making it the top story really no matter what. I like that idea. Sometimes I write a review just to make fun of somebody elses. You haev to have that type a sense of humor to really like this film. When Christian Slater shows up for his first scene of the movie doing his jack nicholson impression voth in vioce and in character and pulls out a gun to shoot the second and third person that he conversates with was a pretty surreal moment. Of course we find out that the gun was empty and your heart may slow down a tad. So we continue and find out who these Heathers are. You will figure it out pretty quick, it is just like any other teen movie but manages to give that extra sense of style for the time. And the director does a great job of showing the girls seeming 30 years old when they are really like 16, but then acting their age around any older person that they have to interact with like college students. Don't expect anything real, but more what of these types of people would have been like back in high school if they could achieve that kind of power. Or sadly enough, what probably happened in many schools.

    But the acting, direction and overall cheesy type of fun just ends up xploding into a great movie. The music will certainly help you through a lot of weird scenes.

    Picture quality is aesome.

    The commentary is really good with explaing literally everything that happens. All that you want to know will be answered for sure.

    The documentary does a wonderful job of explaining how the movie was put together, making of, and a great job explaining what exactly it is about. Also you realize all the greatly talented people who worked with other major direcors/producers amd things all on their own. Also the cast gives you more than your fill of info.

    And if you can make it through the 100 paegs of notes to read the real ending, it is very trippy and gives you some insight of how they original wrote it. Not just a black comedy but one of the most twisted films ever. But funny. The writer is certainly, what is the word, well , I will go with prolific, he can write for probaably 48 hours straight or so I would imagine.

    So easily a 5/5 for the dvd realease. And a great movie. ...more info
  • Wildly funny
    If there's a blacker black comedy than this, I don't know it. Set in an Ohio high school, the theme of the movie is about popularity and acceptance. Three totally bitchy girls named Heather make life miserable for their underlings, until another girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder), can't stand it anymore and wishes they were dead. Along comes J.D. (Christian Slater), a psychotic delinquent, who helps make her wish come true. Some of the dialogue is absolutely terrific and everything, from parents to teachers to jocks and everything inbetween, is sent up with a vicious humor. Only the last 30 minutes drag and tries to deliver a "message" and where the bashing should be rolling along to a grand finale, it sort of fizzles (even though it ends with J.D. blowing himself up). A very funny movie, though, and definitely worth a watch....more info
  • F*** me gently with a chainsaw!
    This was a MOVIE, and that deserves to be in all capital letters. Before there was Heathers, there was nothing even remotely close to this. There were movies about high school, to be sure, but they featured nothing but beautiful people in the midst of adolescent crushes and breaking down social taboos. There was nothing that implied that any of them were anything but vain, none of them were genuinly evil. But man, these gals were absolutely positivly EVIL.

    Chocked full of great quotes (ex. "What's your damage, Heather?"), hilariously funny scenes which should otherwise be depressing around suicide / murder scenes, and misguided high school mentality, this took the high school experience to a new high and new low. Veronica, played by Wynona Ryder in her first major break through role, is one of the Heathers. She wanted to get into the most powerful clique in school, a group of arrogant, evil girls who all the boys want to screw and all the girls might hate but secretly want to be. She finds that being with them is not all it's cracked up to be. She's conned into the note trick, going out to parties she otherwise doesn't want to be at, and hanging around with people she otherwise doesn't like. It's lonely at the top, as they say. One day she meets a handsome stranger, JD, a young Christian Slater who made girls squeal before he turned into a burned out Hollywood celebrity who does little but skirt chase and get nosebleeds, and is smitten in teen lust for him. The Heathers don't approve of him, as he's not their type of material, but he wins Veronica over with his bad boy charms and soon the two are an item. When Veronica accidentally kills the most evil Heather of them all when she serves her a hot cup of liquid Drano, they decide to cover it up with a suicide note. Soon, teenage suicide takes on a whole new spin. Suicide victims are glorified, a new Heather rises to the occation, JD goes on a new rampage to rid the world of other social degenerates, and all hell breaks loose.

    There is so much genius in a dark comedy like this. From the subtilies of their slang, the silent prayers of the other kids at the funerals, the attitudes of the teachers, to the other, lesser characters in school, eveyone had something terrible to say about how rotten it is to be a teenager. And somehow Veronica had heart about her. She is the snotty popular girl who was accepted in the clique, but she still longs for her more geniune friends (Betty). What keeps her from going with the really good people and back to the bad ones (the Heathers and JD) is that she's weak. Like one of the other Heathers, it's easier just to be a follower than to stand up to the stronger ones or shun them completely.

    Those teachers with all their academic, elitist yet flake mentalities are a scream. The cruel and aweful treatment of Martha DumpTruck (way before political correctness told us not to make fun of people with sizest disabilities) make you cry as much as they make you laugh. I even knew a gal in high school who had the same relationship with her parents that Veronica did with hers which made it all the more funny ("Want some pate?"), and she was one of the clique. And she was a dingbat. If she only knew how funny it really was looking back.

    This also paved the way for many movies to come. Take away the 80s fashions and it transends the ages. Extreme violence movies, modern day toils about high school antics of the popular girls making others' lives bad (ex. Mean Girls), and even the somewhat raunchier sitcoms (ex. Sex In The City) all had roots here in Heathers. Unfortunately, there are some very dark roots in Heathers, as this was made long before kids were bringing guns to school, detonating bombs, and destroying everyone around them. Enjoy it for what it is, a fest of evil, self serving meanness. And it's deep too....more info
  • Sharp and Hilarious Comedy/Satire.
    As undoubtedly many other reviewers mentioned, this movie is excellent and possesses plenty of depth in the form of satire on society (high school). It's fast-moving and often hilarious.

    There's whole bunches of witty dialog, of which "F**k me gently with a chainsaw!" is but one example.

    The performances of Ryder and Christian Slater are simply irresistible. And Ryder specifically show-cases her best acting in Heathers.

    Definitely wickedly funny, meaning that you've got to see it. I watched it quite some time ago (few months; long time) and I still remember a lot of scenes. Not just remember--more like vividly recall. And they are fond memories. I think that's good.

    ***** without any reservations....more info

  • Heathers
    This is proberbly Winona Ryders and Shannon Dohertys best movie... Always makes you laugh and is a good movie for a quiet nite at home... ...more info