“The Heathers” is a movie that has become one of my favorite movies.
The story follows Veronica, a new member of the popular group in school the Heathers. She is intrigued by a new guy J.D., and her life turns in an oath of suicides and extremes. However, on the surface, the movie seems like another teenage drama, but it has many underlying themes. One of the big themes is suicide. The story is a satire. So, although some of the views portrayed in the movie appear harsh, it is only to emphasize the opposite. For instance, multiple teenagers commit suicide in the movie (not a big spoiler), and the adults in the movie turn the suicides into a political statement on society and glorify the suicides because the ones committing suicide are doing it for political reasons.
By using satire, the film indicates that suicide is not the best choice and that teens should get help.
The handling of the suicides emphasizes the struggle teenagers have with not being recognized and not talked down to. Throughout the film, the adults are naive and condescending, always treating the kids like children. Even the teachers use the suicides, a statement by the teens, to make points about their own beliefs, disregarding the messages of the students. Even suicide cannot bring the adults to listen. (Again, this is all satirical, and the movie does not condone suicide or extremist acts).
With all of the underlying themes and the characters, “The Heathers” is an incredibly clever film that I believe everyone should watch.
It shows the awfulness of bullying and the relevance of teenagers in the world. However, if all of the intellectual aspects do not interest you, it is an enthralling film with an amazing plot and ending. It is shocking and different from any other movie I have watched. You will not be disappointed.
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