Movie Review: Heathers (1988)


Plot: In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Rating: 8/10

What I liked about this movie:

Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder): How fresh faced and beautiful is she in here?! Gosh. And so perfectly cast as the teenager with so much social anxiety and exasperation.

Jason “J.D” Dean (Christian Slater): I actually had a great time watching Christian Slater in here. I won’t call it the best acting on earth but he reminded me a bit of method acting and was highly entertaining. He was the perfect bad boy and really, really helped with the escalation of the plot.

How absolutely terrible Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) is:  Kim Walker’s facial expressions perfectly show the nasty heart of Heather Chandler and her despicable words. This girl is the nightmare of every teenager that wasn’t born as a perfect hormone infused child.

The collective brilliance of Shannen Doherty and Lisanne Falk as the other two Heathers. One was a little aloof and basically just Heather Chandler in another form, Lisanne Falk’s Heather was a ditzy brained idiot who was just in it for the popularity.


It is dark and cynical and hilarious and is truly a unique perspective on the interpersonal relations teenagers have in highschool.

Teenage issues are addressed but not in a sickly sweet way that annoys the audience because it is unreal. Heathers is raw and cynical and includes suicide, date-rape, teenage angst, drinking and cliques, but it feels sincere and is therefore entertaining in its absurdity.


The escalation of the plot: Things are perfectly normal, then BOOM, everyone is dying and bombs are not excluded from plans and the bad boy is clearly the mad boy.

The mind boggling fact that Daniel Waters was involved in this and then managed to produce the train wreck that was Vampire Academy. Talk about a fall from grace!

The fashion – it is so glorious. The 80’s must just happen again.

Not sure how many people I’ll offend by saying this, but Heathers strikes me as a rom-com version of Donnie Darko – it is weird shit but you can’t help but find it genius and highly entertaining. It is a very good watch and I think if you love movies you will enjoy this, even if it is not your usual style.