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CST Throwback Thursday – Film of the Week

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by Jessica Marie Nardo,

“Fuck me gently with a chainsaw” is probably one of the best quotes I try to use on the daily. Heathers did something not many teen movies could do, poke fun at depth while being deep and still giving the middle finger to the basic coming of age tropes. Not only is there a cast that only a true 90s fan can appreciate (yes, the movie came out in ’88 but these actors were still in their up and coming phase) such as Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty but, the plot itself is such a twist and turn of the dark and ugly, it can only hold a special place in my personal favorites.

You get a group of the most feared but popular, of course, girls in school who all carry the most “popular girl” name ever heard, Heather. They color coordinate, they date all the worthy boys and they bestow their wrath on any dork that comes their way. In this group of friends, you have the existentialist Veronica Swayer, Ryder, who is accepted by The Heathers, yet is still trying to find meaning in the point of living the way they do in high school. That is until she meets the dangerous J.D, Slater, and he begins to open up her world, from throat to hip. As they plot to take down The Heathers, they also inevitably sensationalize suicide which let’s face it, could never pass now a days.

As the plot develops into a harsh look into expectations and society, the writing is superb with witty quips and over exaggerated exchanges. Daniel Waters is the clever mind behind the writing of Heathers and was also at the helm when they reprised the film in TV series format last year. Unfortunately, the series did not last long on the Paramount Network for reasons that can be chucked up to the sensitivity of the society. Other than the previously mentioned quote, you also have other fun ones such as, “Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count” or Heather Duke, “Veronica, you look like hell.” Veronica Sawyer, “Yeah? I just got back.” I mean, I can go on and on but then this TBT will just be me copying and pasting IMDB stuff.

The last thing to mention is how the film pushes boundaries. They basically paint the picture of teenagers today but just with bigger hair and shoulder pads. The film takes that hormonal angst of everything sucks as a teenager and shows you what it would be like if death was the main player. And then treats death like a popular girl, it’s worshiped. If Heathers came out today, it would be joined by a line of picketing parents saying movies will influence their kids to do dumb things instead of, I don’t know, good parenting? With that being said, Heathers makes you think and laugh and feel slightly uncomfortable which is something we can all relate to when we think of high school.

* I would like to dedicate the TBT to Monique aka Mo, the most Heather person I know.

The Verdict – 5/5 stars