Movie review by Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

After Columbine, this dark comedy isn't as funny.

R 1989 103 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 176 reviews

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age 18+

I would never recommend for anyone ever

The Heathers is extremely violent just the premise of the movie can tell you that. If you don’t know it’s about school violence and has weapons and violent tools used for school violence. There is abuse in it and lots of sex. I would totally not recommend for children of any sort. There is also lots of suffering and swearing. The characters are seen drinking and doing drugs and smoking and pass it off in a casual tone. Of course none of this behavior is acceptable. I will leave you with my last point being that this film would not be made today and was only made back then because none of the stuff that happens in the movie actually happened back then in the days when it was made but today there is a lot more school violence actually happening in the real world.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
3 people found this helpful.
age 10+

Educated and mature pre teens (SPOILER ALERT)

It contains sex, lots of violence and faked suicides that are murders committed by the two main characters. Real attempts go through but are unsuccessful except for the end where the insane ex of the main character, Veronica, blows himself up. In the back of one scene a girl is clearly sexually assaulted by another student. Veronica is also victim of an attempted rape/ sexual assault for a collage boy. Forced kisses are also seen throughout the movie and the main relationship is very toxic. JD uses Veronicas burnt hand to light his own cigarette. One of the characters suffers from bulimia and a homophobic slur is used at one point. Heavy smoking, drugs and drinking can also be frequently seen. I do love this film though and would definitely recommend.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
3 people found this helpful.

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