History Film / Heathers

4th May '18 12:49:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* SuicidePact: Invoked. What looks like a suicide pact between two gay lovers who were also the stars of the high school's football team is actually a case of murder. Later, [[spoiler:J.D. tries to blow up the whole school and frame it as a mass suicide pact.]]

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* SuicidePact: Invoked. What looks like [[GayngstInducedSuicide a suicide pact between two gay lovers lovers]] who were also the stars of the high school's football team is actually a case of murder. Later, [[spoiler:J.D. tries to blow up the whole school and frame it as a mass suicide pact.]]
4th May '18 12:41:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* GayngstInducedSuicide: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Veronica and J.D. pass off several murders they have committed as suicides by forging {{Suicide Note}}s. They make the two {{Jerk Jock}}s Ram and Kurt out to be closeted homosexuals, which makes the whole thing more credible and buys the two guys some post-mortem compassion from the rest of the community.
-->'''Ram's father at the funeral ceremony:''' I love my dead gay son!
28th Apr '18 12:46:03 AM AJD
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* SuicidePact: Subverted. What looks like a suicide pact between two gay lovers who were also the stars of the high school's football team is actually a case of murder. Later, [[spoiler:J.D. tries to blow up the whole school and frame it as a mass suicide pact.]]

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* SuicidePact: Subverted. Invoked. What looks like a suicide pact between two gay lovers who were also the stars of the high school's football team is actually a case of murder. Later, [[spoiler:J.D. tries to blow up the whole school and frame it as a mass suicide pact.]]
1st Apr '18 12:15:01 AM Schitzo
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* BlahBlahBlah: Veronica screaming "Mary Had A Little Lamb" with her fingers in her ears as J.D. tries to [[WhatYouAreInTheDark convince her that she was much more cognizant of her assisting in the murder of Kurt and Ram as she'd like to admit]] the night after in the school parking lot.
1st Apr '18 12:14:01 AM Schitzo
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* IgnoreBySinging: Veronica screaming "Mary Had A Little Lamb" with her fingers in her ears as J.D. tries to [[WhatYouAreInTheDark convince her that she was much more cognizant of her assisting in the murder of Kurt and Ram than she'd like to admit]] the morning after in the school parking lot.
31st Mar '18 11:57:10 PM Schitzo
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*BlahBlahBlah: Veronica screaming "Mary Had A Little Lamb" with her fingers in her ears as J.D. tries to [[WhatYouAreInTheDark convince her that she was much more cognizant of her assisting in the murder of Kurt and Ram as she'd like to admit]] the night after in the school parking lot.
28th Mar '18 4:41:17 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBadEnsemble: J.D. and Heather Duke. Though, J.D. is the more antagonistic and evil of the two.

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* BigBadEnsemble: J.BigBad: Jason "J.D. and Heather Duke. Though, J.D. is " Dean, the more antagonistic and evil of the two.bad boy killing everybody.


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24th Mar '18 7:19:10 PM Seraphine
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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The titular trio roughly fit this. Heather Mc Namara has blond hair, Heather Chandler has dirty-blonde hair (so, partially a brunette), and Heather Duke has auburn hair (partially redheaded). Veronica (a true brunette) can also fill the middle role after [[spoiler: Heather Chandler's death]].

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The titular trio roughly fit this. Heather Mc Namara [=McNamara=] has blond hair, Heather Chandler has dirty-blonde hair (so, partially a brunette), and Heather Duke has auburn hair (partially redheaded). Veronica (a true brunette) can also fill the middle role after [[spoiler: Heather Chandler's death]].



* BrickJoke: When conducting the first suicide note, Veronica and J.D. debate if Heather would use the word "Myriad," given she got the word wrong in a vocabulary test just the week before. Later, then the school faculty is discussing the event in the teacher's lounge, her English teacher notes how impressed she was at Heather's proper use of the word.

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* BrickJoke: When conducting the first suicide note, Veronica and J.D. debate if Heather would use the word "Myriad," given she got the word wrong in a vocabulary test just the week before. Later, then the school faculty is discussing the event in the teacher's lounge, her English teacher notes how impressed she was at Heather's proper use of the word.



* CountryMatters: Much to Daniel Waters' annoyance, the line was changed. During the frat party scene, after Veronical throws up on the floor, Heather follows her into the alley. The final version has Heather calling her "You stupid [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]," but the line was originally supposed to be "You stupid cunt."

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* CountryMatters: Much to Daniel Waters' annoyance, the line was changed. During the frat party scene, after Veronical Veronica throws up on the floor, Heather follows her into the alley. The final version has Heather calling her "You stupid [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]," but the line was originally supposed to be "You stupid cunt."



* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: what J.D. thinks he's doing.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: what What J.D. thinks he's doing.]]



* OnlySaneMan:
** While everyone at the school seems to glorify the teenage suicides and J.D. becomes increasingly murderous, Veronica seems to be the only person who doesn't like where this is going.

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* OnlySaneMan:
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OnlySaneMan: While everyone at the school seems to glorify the teenage suicides and J.D. becomes increasingly murderous, Veronica seems to be the only person who doesn't like where this is going.



* RageAgainstTheReflection: In a variation of this, after performing oral sex on a JerkJock, one of the titular characters takes a drink of water and spits it at her reflection in the mirror. The self-loathing in that scene certainly explains why the character is so rotten to everyone else.

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* RageAgainstTheReflection: In a variation of this, after performing oral sex on a JerkJock, one of the titular characters Heather Chandler takes a drink of water and spits it at her reflection in the mirror. The self-loathing in that scene certainly explains why the character Heather Chandler is so rotten to everyone else.



* ShoutOut: According to the DVD commentary, the first lunchroom scene is an homage to ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' in its lighting and framing. The writer originally wanted Kubrick to direct "the ultimate high school movie."
** The Barbie doll hanging from the ceiling late in the film is a ShoutOut to Agatha Christie's ''And Then There Were None'', according to WordOfGod. The victim in that story hangs herself after the killer suggests it.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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According to the DVD commentary, the first lunchroom scene is an homage to ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' in its lighting and framing. The writer originally wanted Kubrick to direct "the ultimate high school movie."
** The Barbie doll hanging from the ceiling late in the film is a ShoutOut Shout Out to Agatha Christie's ''And Then There Were None'', ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', according to WordOfGod. The victim in that story hangs herself after the killer suggests it.



* TotallyRadical: ZigZagged While some of the dialogue has a definite TheEighties feel, the screenwriter made up his own slang terms (see MemeticMutation), which still doesn't feel dated over a quarter-century after the film's release.

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* TotallyRadical: ZigZagged {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed. While some of the dialogue has a definite TheEighties [[TheEighties 80's]] feel, the screenwriter made up his own slang terms (see MemeticMutation), which still doesn't feel dated over a quarter-century after the film's release.
10th Mar '18 10:49:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreDeconstruction: The film is a rather bitter deconstruction of the popular John Hughes style teen movies at the time. The bad boy the heroine lusts after is actually a disturbed psycho who lures the heroine into his scheme to murder the popular kids and he even tries to [[spoiler: blow up the school and pass it off as a group suicide.]] She isn't happy to be part of the popular kids and it's actually that which makes her want to murder them. Also the GirlPosse aren't the cookie cutter bad guys with one of them being bulimic and sick of being a butt monkey while another genuinely contemplates suicide. Even Heather Chandler, the AlphaBitch, is shown being objectified and used by the jerk at the frat party and her self-loathing afterwards.

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* GenreDeconstruction: The film is a rather bitter deconstruction of the popular John Hughes Creator/JohnHughes style teen movies at the time. The bad boy the heroine lusts after is actually a disturbed psycho who lures the heroine into his scheme to murder the popular kids and he even tries to [[spoiler: blow up the school and pass it off as a group suicide.]] She isn't happy to be part of the popular kids and it's actually that which makes her want to murder them. Also the GirlPosse aren't the cookie cutter bad guys with one of them being bulimic and sick of being a butt monkey while another genuinely contemplates suicide. Even Heather Chandler, the AlphaBitch, is shown being objectified and used by the jerk at the frat party and her self-loathing afterwards.
28th Feb '18 3:42:14 PM butterflygrrl
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''Heathers'' is a 1988 HighSchool movie starring Creator/WinonaRyder and Creator/ChristianSlater. Also adapted into a 2010 stage musical with a limited run. The musical has been revived as an Off-Broadway production for the spring of 2014. It has its own separate page [[{{Theatre/Heathers}} here]].

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''Heathers'' is a 1988 HighSchool movie starring Creator/WinonaRyder and Creator/ChristianSlater. Also adapted into a 2010 stage musical with a limited run. The musical has been revived as an Off-Broadway production for the spring of 2014. It has its own separate page [[{{Theatre/Heathers}} here]].
here]]. It was announced that a modern "reboot" of the film would come in the form of a [[{{Series/Heathers}}TV series]] set to premiere in 2018 on the Creator/ParamountNetwork, a rebranded Spike TV.



The history of the film's release added to its cult status: the studio that produced ''Heathers'' went out of business within weeks of its release, ensuring that it only had a brief run in theaters. However, critics loved the film and it would become popular with its home video release (and countless [[VindicatedByCable airings on cable]], granted in {{Bowdlerise}}d form). That said, the film's influence can be seen in later BlackComedy high school movies, like ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'' (1999) and ''Film/MeanGirls'' (2004), the latter being considered to be a PG-13 SpiritualSuccessor to this film; It was announced that a reboot of the film would come in the form of a TV series set to premiere in 2018 on the Creator/ParamountNetwork, a rebranded Spike TV.

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The history of the film's release added to its cult status: the studio that produced ''Heathers'' went out of business within weeks of its release, ensuring that it only had a brief run in theaters. However, critics loved the film and it would become popular with its home video release (and countless [[VindicatedByCable airings on cable]], granted in {{Bowdlerise}}d form). That said, the film's influence can be seen in later BlackComedy high school movies, like ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'' (1999) and ''Film/MeanGirls'' (2004), the latter being considered to be a PG-13 SpiritualSuccessor to this film; It was announced that a reboot of the film would come in the form of a TV series set to premiere in 2018 on the Creator/ParamountNetwork, a rebranded Spike TV.
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* NoBisexuals: Despite taking place in a high school in which social justice and progressive politics have become the most important aspect of the teens' lives, Veronica and Heather Duke both seem to believe this. [[spoiler: The two of them see Heather Mac Namara, who identifies as lesbian, kissing a man, and Heather Duke immediately concludes that she must really be heterosexual and is lying about falling under the LGBT label at all. Even when Heather Duke confronts her on this later, the possibility of her being bisexual is never discussed. Also, Veronica makes a comment about having planned to "experiment with lesbianism" when she got to college, suggesting that she doesn't understand the concept of bisexuality either.]]
* TokenMinority: In universe, Heather Chandler only let Veronica into the group for the convenience of having a token Jewish girl as part of the clique. [[spoiler: Heather Mac Namara, who is half Irish and half African American, apparently lied about being lesbian in order to gain status as a TwoferTokenMinority within the group.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The sheer amount of footage featured in the trailers and previews inevitably leads to this during the first episode. [[spoiler: The scene where Veronica and J.D. poison Heather Chandler happens about halfway through the first episode. However, anyone who watched the trailer or any of the preview clips will be aware that there are still dozens of moments featuring her that haven't happened yet. This makes the "surprise" reveal at the end of the episode that the poison failed to kill her much more predictable.]]

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* NoBisexuals: Despite taking place in a high school in which social justice and progressive politics have become the most important aspect of the teens' lives, Veronica and Heather Duke both seem to believe this. [[spoiler: The two of them see Heather Mac Namara, who identifies as lesbian, kissing a man, and Heather Duke immediately concludes that she must really be heterosexual and is lying about falling under the LGBT label at all. Even when Heather Duke confronts her on this later, the possibility of her being bisexual is never discussed. Also, Veronica makes a comment about having planned to "experiment with lesbianism" when she got to college, suggesting that she doesn't understand the concept of bisexuality either.]]
* TokenMinority: In universe, Heather Chandler only let Veronica into the group for the convenience of having a token Jewish girl as part of the clique. [[spoiler: Heather Mac Namara, who is half Irish and half African American, apparently lied about being lesbian in order to gain status as a TwoferTokenMinority within the group.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The sheer amount of footage featured in the trailers and previews inevitably leads to this during the first episode. [[spoiler: The scene where Veronica and J.D. poison Heather Chandler happens about halfway through the first episode. However, anyone who watched the trailer or any of the preview clips will be aware that there are still dozens of moments featuring her that haven't happened yet. This makes the "surprise" reveal at the end of the episode that the poison failed to kill her much more predictable.]]

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