Pitch black, razor sharp and ridiculously hilarious
My thing with dark comedies is if you're going to go black, don't go back. It was a huge turnoff seeing "God Bless America," which had a lot of promise, turn annoying and weak. On the other end of the spectrum, one of my now favorite films of all time, "In Bruges," completely took you there, mixing laughs with murder and exceptional themes. "Heathers" is certainly on the "Bruges" side of things. It's "Mean Girls" written by Quentin Tarantino. I know she's had her problems but I positively fell in love with Winona Ryder as Veronica, the wide-eyed, vastly beyond her years high schooler caught in the middle of teenage angst, except she has psychopath J.D. edging her to do some, uh, highly illegal things. The movie is satire extraordinare, married with some of the funnest teenage writing since the aforementioned Lohan classic. Honestly I laughed a little every time Christian Slater opened his mouth: his devilish J.D. wants to be a prophet, but you can't help but laugh at his voice, which sounds like a 99 cent Jack Nicholson impression. The film mixes deadly serious themes like suicide (tons of it) and fitting in, but it does it all with a smirk and witty phrase. Maybe reserve this for older teens who can distinguish that it is a satire, and yes CSM, Columbine was at the forefront of my mind, especially Slater's character. But this was made long before that tragedy, and the best way to take "Heathers" is simply with the goal of having a great laugh. One of the sharpest comedies I've ever seen.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness