Heathers

Heathers

Streaming Video - 1989
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Westerburg High School's elite clique of popular girls is "The Heathers," comprised of the powerful Heather Chandler, the green-with-envy Heather Duke, and the cowardly Heather McNamara. Rounding out the foursome is Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), who is so fed up with the Heathers and the entire peer pressure cooker that she starts running with J.D. (Christian Slater), a mysterious - and possibly psychotic - motorcycle-riding newcomer. But what begins as their noble effort to rid Westerburg of its bad apples ends up taking a real toll. And their teen rebellion produces a serious and mounting body count. Shannen Doherty co-stars in this cruelly hilarious dark comedy, which became one of the biggest cult classics of the 80's.
Publisher: [United States] : RLJ Entertainment, 1989.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (approximately 106 min.)) :,sound, color.
digital, rda
video file, rda

Opinion

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Mean Girls, but meaner. It all begins when Veronica and her boyfriend, J.D., accidentally poison the popular clique leader, Heather, and make it look like a suicide.


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vickmeister
Sep 16, 2020

Dark, dark satire on various elements of teen culture in the late 1980s, including the quest to be the coolest, pretending to have a social conscience, and the romanticization of suicide. Eerily prescient of what was to come in the 1990s, with the sudden increase in school shootings as a reaction to bullying, which at times makes it hard to watch. But excellent performances all around and well worth watching, if you appreciate satire and black humor.

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BPDaegan
Sep 05, 2020

I remember seeing the end of this film probably a handful of users after its release. Lately I checked it out from the library because watching Mr. Robot had me thinking about Christian Slater films and I'd always wondered what I missed with Heather's. Perhaps time and maturation hurt me for this film -- I don't think I lasted even 20 minutes before shutting it off. It's a type of humor but not my type of humor -- too much vapid and not getting anywhere. Time to go watch Pump Up The Volume again for a Christian Slater nostalgia blast ...

ArapahoeTina Jan 22, 2020

This move was a favorite from my teen years, and it was fascinating to rewatch as an adult. So much has changed in the world post-Columbine and this movie seemed much darker to me now.

I'm red!!!

SPPL_Violet Mar 21, 2018

Oh, the humanity!

SPPL_Kristen Mar 20, 2018

I liked the musical better.

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candlesticktroughs
Jun 26, 2017

what a cast for this film, an erudite take on the teen film genre. favorite scene: the croquet match.

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GreyNeonCat13
May 28, 2017

This is by far my favorite movie (currently) I saw it when I was 12 and really enjoyed it. It's dark, kind of violent, and really thrilling. I was introduced to it via the musical by the same name, which I highly suggest you check out.

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npmaling
Mar 14, 2017

No subtitles...

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jenniferpoper
Jan 10, 2017

One of my favorite 80s movies. Not sure what's up with all the bad reviews. Was it seriously your 1st time watching the movie?? Some people have terrible taste in classic 80s movies.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 27, 2020

I love my dead gay son.

ArapahoeTina Feb 27, 2020

Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?

ArapahoeTina Feb 27, 2020

Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling.

ArapahoeTina Feb 27, 2020

How very.

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danthetiredboi
May 28, 2017

Duke: Veronica, you look like hell!
Veronica: I just got back

laustcawz Jul 23, 2012

"Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast??"

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Veronica Sawyer: All we want is to be treated like human beings, not to be experimented on like guinea pigs or patronized like bunny rabbits.
Veronica's Dad: I don't patronize bunny rabbits.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Veronica Sawyer: This may seem like a really stupid question...
J.D.: There *are* no stupid questions.
Veronica Sawyer: You inherit 5 million dollars the same day aliens land on the earth and say they're going to blow it up in 2 days. What do you do?
J.D.: That's the stupidest question I've ever heard.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Heather Chandler: You were nothing before you met me. You were playing Barbies with Betty Finn. You were a Bluebird. You were a Brownie. You were a Girl Scout Cookie.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Veronica Sawyer: It's one thing to want someone out of your life, but it's another thing to serve them a wake-up cup full of liquid drainer.

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MeredithHobbs
Mar 09, 2020

MeredithHobbs thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

ArapahoeTina Feb 20, 2020

ArapahoeTina thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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GreyNeonCat13
May 28, 2017

GreyNeonCat13 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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callieperry
Nov 05, 2010

callieperry thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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GreyNeonCat13
May 28, 2017

Other: TOO AMAZING

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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callieperry
Nov 05, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Summary

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics.

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