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Heathers

Published September 26, 2020

Heathers

Film info

  • Title Heathers
  • Director Michael Lehmann
  • Year 1988
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Comedy, Crime
  • Tagline Best friends, social trends, and occasional murder

At Westerburg High School, an elite clique of snobby girls known as Heathers reign supreme. Smart and popular, Veronica is a reluctant member of the gang and disapproves of the other girls' cruel behaviour. When Veronica and her mysterious new boyfriend, JD, play a trick on the clique leader, Heather Chandler, and accidentally poison here, they make it appear a suicide. But it soon becomes clear to Veroinca that JD is a sociopath intent on vengefully killing the school's popular students. She races to stop JD clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke, and leading to an explosive final confrontation with her troubled former lover.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:10 Do you have to wear the same colour as your croquet ball?
3:40 I really like “what is your damage?” as a WTF style phrase.
10:41 The shoulder pads are genuinely quite upsetting.
14:25 Croquet wars.
18:02. “Yea, I don’t really like your friends either.”
21:53 Her writing is so big! That’s one way of getting through notebooks.
29:00 “I can’t believe this is my life.”
36:08 The son-dad saying each other’s sentences thing is making my mind fizz.
44:06 “It’s more tasteful than it sounds.” No, it really isn’t.
52:41 I don’t get the mineral water thing.
56:20 “My teen angst bullshit has a body count.”
1:00:23 Scary father that likes to knock down buildings. Can’t see where he gets his crazy from.
1:08:25 “I guess I picked the wrong time to be a human being.” Yep.
1:14:47 Megabitch!
1:17:42 People can get into each other’s houses and bedrooms far too easily in this.
1:26:44 That’s a very convincing hanging, the mother must be traumatised.
1:33:20 The longest two minutes ever.
1:39:45 Martha is so cute.

Thoughts

I think this is one of the weirdest films that I’ve not actively stopped watching. I’m aware of its cult classic status but have never seen it and didn’t have any idea what it was about. I was expecting a normal, if slightly offbeat, teen movie, but this (a bit like The Craft) takes a very dark turn and never comes back.

Winona is great, I loved her manic diary writing, but her actions didn’t quite make sense - if she was so shocked by the shooting in the forest, why did she also shoot? I’m not sure it totally stands the test of time, and I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed it.

Having said that, I can see why people would love it, having that alternative take on high school and some weird characters to represent.

Rating: 2 / 5

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