HEATHERS

(1989)
With Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
Directed by Michael Lehman
Reviewed by JB

How very!     Whatever happened to Winona Ryder? With her cute, dark and quirky presence firmly established in films like BEETLEJUICE, WELCOME HOME ROXIE CARMICHAEL and MERMAIDS, she was the poster child for existential loners everywhere.  She went on to star in many a good movie, such as EDWARD SCIZZORHANDS, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and LITTLE WOMEN.

     Then came her magnum opus, GIRL INTERRUPTED, the film upon which she pinned all her hopes and dreams.  Next thing you know, Angelina Jolie walks away with the accolades and awards for that one and Noni's reduced to playing Adam Sandler's girlfriend in the despicable DEEDS.  After that, she's caught on video clearly shoplifting from a department store, Hollywood (who apparently finds this crime more intolerable than any other) turns its back one her and she has hardly been seen since.

     Oh, well, we still have HEATHERS.  Aside from BEETLEJUICE, which is more of Michael Keaton's movie, HEATHERS is the quintessential Winona Ryder film.  It also features young Christian Slater, the boy voted most likely to grow up to become Jack Nicholson. HEATHERS is a teen comedy, but there's no sweetness and charm as in a John Hughes film.  Instead, HEATHERS is all cynical and dark, and with its story about one outcast killing off fellow students, it also turned out to be sadly prophetic. ½ - JB

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