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Heathers (SE)
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12.12.2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Michael Lehman

Actors:
Winona Ryder
Christian Slater
Shannon Doherty

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A troubled, popular teen becomes infatuated with a mysterious new kid in school. When he takes her hatred of the popular kids too far, she finds herself caught up in a murder spree she canít get out of.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
HEATHERS has always been one of those classic 80ís movies thatís eluded me over the years. Iíve definitely wanted to see it, but I never got around to it for one reason or the other. So I was very pleased when it showed up at my doorstep in a shiny new Blu-ray edition. After finally seeing it, I can say that the movie itself is okay, but what it says about high school and teenagers in general is more profound than anything in its time.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Michael Lehman, Denise Di Novi and Daniel Waters: These three come in and start talking about the film and everything surrounding the film right away. The advantage of doing a commentary so many years later is that it opens up what you can say. This is a really good listen and appeals to everyone, not just fans of the film. However, this commentary was recorded only 9 years after the film came out, so when they start talking about fashion and hair styles, keep that in mind.

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.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you havenít seen it, and you were capable of complex thoughts in the 80ís, then I think this is a safe bet. If youíve grown up with more recent teen-angst films, you probably wonít get much out of this.
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