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YMMV: Heathers
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Veronica manipulated into killing Heather Chandler and Kurt Kelly, or did she know exactly what she was doing? When she takes the cup of poison to Heather, she feels for the mug while kissing J.D. The poison mug has a lid, while the safe one does not. The film clearly shows Veronica's hand on the lid, indicating that she knew exactly which cup it was. Likewise, when she lures Kurt and Ram to the woods, J.D. shoots Ram with what J.D. has told her are tranquilizers, but are in fact real bullets. Veronica misses Kurt, who runs off, J.D. giving chase. While they are running, Veronica examines Ram's corpse, and it is clear that she knows it is really a corpse. Then when J.D. chases Kurt back, she shoots him. So, was Veronica manipulated into killing Heather and Kurt, or did she know exactly what she was doing?
      • J.D. even argues that Veronica knew exactly what she doing but acted horrified because she couldn't face that that was exactly what she wanted.
    • Did J.D. bounce around from school to school only because his father needed to do demolition jobs in different cities? Or did his father have a keen nose for when his son started trying to get his own back at the cliques in his schools? J.D. seemed awfully ready to scare the pants off the football jocks, being armed with a gun that shot blanks after a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy
  • Draco in Leather Pants: J.D. Unfortunately.
  • Fridge Horror: Sure no one is in anymore danger after JD blows himself up but just think about what a lovely sight he must have left behind after that. And there's not way no one will see it.
  • Genius Bonus: One of the earliest hints that Veronica's dream sequence is a dream is the reference to Eskimos in Antarctica, whereas they're actually found in the Arctic.
    • The word does appear in Moby-Dick, just not with that spelling. (excerpt) 
  • Harsher in Hindsight: It seems as though, every year, something happens that makes the film just that much more uncomfortable to watch.
    • For one thing, there's the entire damn movie. When Heathers was made, the humor came from the absurdity of the idea of white, upper-middle class high school students killing each other. Then, the Columbine school shooting happened and sucked the darkly hilarious fun right out of the movie. The fact that Eric Harris specifically rigged up his school with bombs and filled his diary with the same anti-society ranting that J.D. spouts only makes it worse.
    • Kimberly Walker (Heather Chandler) utters the immortal line, "Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?". Tragically, Walker herself died of just that, 12 years later at the age of only 32. What makes it doubly uncomfortable are the scenes with Heather Chandler's death and funeral and, later, the appearance of her ghost in a dream sequence.
    • Also, the character Peter Dawson prays he will never commit suicide. His actor, Jeremy Applegate, committed suicide on March 23, 2000.
    • The plotline about Heather Duke being the new Alpha Bitch can be like this due to the fact that Shannen Doherty was fired from two high-profile series, Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed, due to her poor relations with her fellow cast members.
    • After the outbreak of gay teen suicides in 2010 that inspired the It Gets Better Project, it can be cringe-inducing to watch the part focusing on the two heterosexual football players who supposedly killed themselves because they were gay and saw no hope of being accepted for who they were, and the townspeople's reactions.
    • The student attempting to kill herself can be hard to watch due to reports of students killing themselves due to the extreme bullying they fall victim to.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Brad Pitt got rejected for the role of J.D. because producers thought he was "too nice". Then came Pitt's roles in Kalifornia, Fight Club, Snatch, and Inglourious Basterds.
  • Hollywood Nerd : Betty, who's a slim, pretty girl with great skin. She wears glasses and unfashionable clothes.
  • Ho Yay: Ram and Kurt, to the point that they start a rumor about having a three-way with Veronica. One where their swordplay is front-and-center.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I love my dead gay X!"
    • "Oh, fuck me gently with a chainsaw."
    • "What's your damage, Heather?"
  • Misaimed Fandom: As mentioned in the Draco entry, J.D. He's a sociopath who wants to murder his classmates.
  • Nightmare Fuel: J.D., of course, but his dad has a surprising amount of this considering his limited screentime. The implication that he drove J.D.'s mother to suicide probably doesn't hurt.
  • Not So Crazy Anymore: The film got made in the first place only because the idea of outcast high schoolers killing each other was considered patently absurd. Post-Columbine, the movie turns into Dude, Not Funny!.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • It's hard to imagine a film about teens actually murdering each other and planning to murder an entire school getting greenlit as a comedy these days. See the Harsher in Hindsight entry above.
    • One scene showed that them placing bottled water in the jocks' bags as evidence that they were gay. These days, drinking bottled water isn't considered sissy or snobby so much as just normal — the only funny looks you'd get are from environmentalists wondering why you aren't carrying a reusable bottle instead. This is discussed in the movie, where it's pointed out that even back then, drinking bottled water was being seen as acceptable, but J.D. points out they're all the way out in the sticks where it still hasn't caught on.
      • It's no the fact that the water is bottled; J.D. claims (rightfully, as it turns out) that the football players' affinity for "fruity" mineral water will cause others to accept the idea that the boys killed each other in a repressed homosexual lovers' suicide pact.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The film, while not a box office success, found a lot of its fandom with repeated airings on WGN and TBS.

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