Although John Hughes gets all the credit for his teenage angst movies, he always paints his teens with rose-colored glasses. Sure, they struggle at times, but in the end, they usually turn out okay. The teens in HEATHERS donít quite achieve their happily ever after. Through the disguise of a black comedy, HEATHERS manages to make several social comments that were years ahead of their time and even gave an eerie warning to some of the violence we see in schools today.
However, the story moves too quickly in an effort to achieve the next shocking kill. These characters are extremely interesting and itís refreshing to see real problems depicted on screen. We just never get the chance to delve into them because the next kill is always right around the corner. The film would have been better served with more of a focus on the two main charactersí reactions after the first murder and how their lives are better/worse for it.
Thereís a line that Christian Slaterís character says at the end regarding the idea that high school is the only setting in which people of different social classes are forced to interact with each other in a controlled setting. That, of course, is what makes high school so miserable. Poignant lines like that make HEATHERS a step above other teen angst movies when it comes to thematic elements.
Return to Westerburg High (21:21): The three creators show up for some interviews to look back and talk about the film. There are a lot of movie scenes thrown in and most of the comments are of the glowing nature. Itís cool to see people talk about the film so many years later, but there wasnít much good information.
Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke Heads (30:01): The same three and the three main stars jump back in and talk more about the impact the film had on society and other films. They compare the film to Hughesí films and how they looked at his films then as compared to now. This is a great subject, but the rest was more of the same.
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