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Heathers (1988)



Critic Consensus: Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie -- changing the game for teen comedies to follow.

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A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with poignant suicide notes posted near their bodies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Winona Ryder
as Veronica Sawyer
Kim Walker
as Heather Chandler
Penelope Milford
as Pauline Fleming
Glenn Shadix
as Fr. Ripper
Lance Fenton
as Kurt Kelly
Jeremy Applegate
as Peter Dawson
Carrie Lynn
as Martha `Dumptruck' Dunnstock
Shannen Doherty
as Heather Duke
Lisanne Falk
as Heather McNamara
Ursula Martin
as Featured
John Zarchen
as Country Club Keith
Sherrie Wills
as Country Club Courtney
Andy David
as Fat Cynic
Kevin Hardesty
as 1st Heavy Metaller in Parking Lot
Josh Richman
as 2nd Heavy Metaller in Parking Lot
Bess Meyer
as Female Stoner
Jennifer Rhodes
as Veronica's Mom
Bill Cort
as Veronica's Dad
Larry Cox
as David
John Ingle
as Principal Gowan
Stuart Mabray
as Counselor Paul Hyde
Aaron Mendelson
as Nerd in Pauline's Class
Kirk Scott
as Big Bud Dean
Mark Bringleson
as Officer McCord
Chuck Lafont
as Officer Milner
Mark Carlton
as Kurt's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Heathers

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (17)

Still shocking after 30 years... this definitive blast of teenage nihilism is strong medicine indeed.

August 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If there's a weakness of motivation in Heathers, it may be because the whole film is rather dream-like, a product of Veronica's fevered writing and imaginings, with a consequent chaos and interchangeability of roles.

August 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Heathers really is odd, like a mix of something by Stephen King and Bret Easton Ellis...

August 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

'Heathers' still pulses with the visceral thrill of getting away with something - both on- and off-screen.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Heathers locates the emotional totalitarianism lurking in a prom queen's heart.

August 31, 2010 | Full Review…

A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents.

August 31, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heathers


A cynical and intelligent satire that deserves credit for its deliciously witty dialogue, great performances and a clever game of colors that contrasts blue and red, even if the film is a bit tonally dissonant when it becomes too serious and dark in its third act.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Best friends, social trends and occasional murder. Good 80's movie! From the iconic opening sequence to the explosive ending, every scene is darkly comic and dripping with irony. It almost looks over-rehearsed as nearly every actor's performance is flawless. Ryder in particular shines with her angst-ridden 'Dear Diary' entries, and Slater I don't believe has ever again encapsulated such a perfect role in his career to date. The humour is dark and the plot unbelievable at times, but this only adds to the surreal atmosphere and unforgettable lines. A sexy cast, a great script and director Michael Lehmann's vision makes this a must-see film. A regular girl, Veronica, tries to survive the social jungle of high school by sticking with the three most popular girls at school who are all called Heather. As she meets a sociopath named JD, her life spirals into a continuous cycle of hate, unintentional murder and indifference, as she exacts revenge on her enemies, also known as her best friends.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

It's dark, but well made. I couldn't take my eyes off of Winona Ryder who gives a bravura performance. The film has its charm, despite its violence.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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