Heathers movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There is so much to say about Heathers. It’s surprising and unpredictable if you know nothing before seeing it, the humour is nothing brighter than black, and the concept and ideas are extremely intriguing. This results in a violent, yet excellent teen movie.


Veronica, a part of the most popular clique in her high school, and J.D., her mysterious new boyfriend, accidentally poison one of the clique’s other girls and stage it as a suicide, which leads to a series of murders made to look like suicide committed voluntarily by J.D., whom Veronica must try to stop.

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Movie details

Director: Michael Lehmann
Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Lance Fenton, Carrie Lynn, Patrick Labyorteaux
Writer: Daniel Waters
Release Date (Australia): 19 April 1990
Runtime: 103 minutes/1h 43m
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic content includes depictions of murders, staged suicides, suicide attempts and bullying.

Violence (M)

People are shot and killed throughout the film, often accompanied by depictions of blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “ass” and “bitch”.

Drug Use (PG)

There are brief depictions of people smoking marijuana joints throughout the film.

Sex (M)

The film contains crude verbal references to sexual acts and masturbation including sexualised use of the word “f**k”. There are also scenes of implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Heathers is a wickedly intriguing, extremely surprising and pitch-black teen comedy that lives out a teenage fantasy of criminality and rebellion. It’s very rare when these kinds of films come up, but it’s one that will leave you pleasantly surprised when you enter it knowing absolutely nothing about it, apart from the obvious fact that it’s a coming-of-age movie centred on teenagers.

If you have just discovered or know nothing about this movie, avoid ALL storylines provided by critics and movie websites. What you can know is that Heathers is NOT your typical teen comedy. This is because the humour is so devilishly dark and when one of the jokes or really exhilarating situations play out, it makes you feel like a demon to be loving this teen fantasy.

It’s also best to note that you also just have to give this movie a chance after it begins, because with what happens during the first 20 minutes, it’ll make you feel like you’re just going to sit through a borefest loaded with nothing other than teenage-girl attitude in high school. But once the premise actually picks up, this film will have you shaking in excitement wherever you’re watching.

Looking at some important film elements, Winona Ryder is the perfect actress for Veronica, the main character, and Christian Slater is absolutely brilliant as her boyfriend who, without spoiling or giving too much clues, is rebellious. Forgetting the admittedly boring 20 minutes at the beginning, the screenwriting is also very clever, fantasy-feeling and doesn’t waste any time. Heathers is just a captivating crime-comedy and teenagers will love it.

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