Heathers (1988) (RR)

Director: Michael Lehmann
Writer: Daniel Waters
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and more.


Requested Review from Steven Voll!

The Intro:
Got requested to do a classic here and if you have not seen “Heathers” before, I would suggest you do so, asap, if you are a fan of dark comedy. It has been a long while since I had seen “Heathers” but I recall finding it hilarious and so I welcomed the request to review it. Not much else to say from here! It is time to give “Heathers” an Oberrating!

IMDB Summary:
“In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.”

The Oberrating:
There is no doubt that “Heathers” is just crude fun but you have to have a taste for its kind of humor. If you were to simply go to the IMDb page and see it listed as “comedy”, you may be upset with your final impression of the film if you have not seen it before. Once again, “Heathers” is a dark comedy which means many jokes have a sort of morbid aura surrounding them. Now for me, I love this kind of stuff. Re-watching “Heathers” was a fun time and I found myself enjoying just about every scene with the ever classic Winona Ryder being the good-girl yet badass Veronica Sawyer.

Despite my overall positive reception that I remembered having for “Heathers”, as I approached this film with fresh eyes, I found myself let down in two different places that I did not remember from before. One of these blemishes was Christian Slater. Yeah yeah, I know the man is a legend in some respect but during this run through of “Heathers” I found him simply as this nasally nerd wearing black. Just about til the last 20ish minutes of the film where he actually turned into the sociopath the summary describes him as. I am not necessarily calling out the performance in a negative light but more-so just as an observation that I did not agree with in regards to what his character was supposed to be.
The second point that I was partially let down with was the comedy itself. As I previously said, I recall when I first watched this film that I found it hilarious. On my second run-around, years apart, I did not find it as funny as I remembered. Many classic moments and quick-quips were as funny as I remembered but through the duration of the film I found myself sitting idle as the time passed. It may just be the change of times of what I find funny but no matter, this affected my overall reception.

The Wrap-Up:
“Heathers” is a classic. While it may not be appealing to the masses, it is a film that holds its own in the vault of cult-classics. Worth the watch for the fans of dark comedy and a must-see for the individuals who love the strange and odd. I raise a glass of drain cleaner in honor of this request! Classic!

Rating: 3/5


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