Heathers is a 1988 American black comedy film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann. It stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The film portrays four teenage girls—three of whom are named Heather—in a clique at an Ohio high school.
Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls' cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique's new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).
Why It Rocks
- It's a great satire on teen life back in the '80s.
- Great performances by Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
- A well written and famous script by Daniel Waters.
- Hillarious, yet shocking moments, especially the opening scene where J.D fires blanks at Kirk and Ram.
- Christian Slater also manages to steal the spotlight from Winona Ryder with his line delivery and attitude.
- It's basically the 80's version of Mean Girls.
- Great jokes about suicide that are done right.
- Unforgettable quotes, such as "Well f*ck me gently with a chainsaw", and "Lick it up baby, lick it up".
- Decent plot twist and ending.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 94% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie – changing the game for teen comedies to follow." At the website Metacritic, the film earned a rating of 73/100 based on 19 reviews by mainstream critics.