Heathers wasn't the first teen black comedy, but it certainly would go on to define teen movies going forward, with movies like Clueless, Jawbreaker and Mean Girls all benefitting from Heathers' influence, either vernacularly, sartorially or thematically.
A candy-coloured world juxtaposed against the metaphorical "high school is hell", Veronica Sawyer is a member of the Heathers, the most popular, and most hated clique at Westerburg High. Led by Heather, aided by Heather and brought up in the rear by Heather, Veronica is not a Heather, but she might as well be, especially when she starts being influenced by bad boy loner J.D....
Heathers would take a satirical look at teen suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, sexual assault, fatphobia, peer pressure (Teenage Suicide. Don't Do It!), but is possibly most well-known for being remarkably prescient when it comes to school shootings. 35 years ago, a student shooting classmates in the cafeteria was the stuff of far-fetched imaginations ran wild. Nowadays, it's become a horrific reality.
The extreme always seems to make an impression...
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