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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Never Before Have CornNuts Been So Very

Sometimes it's hard to believe that I am the age that I am now. No, I'm still not going to tell you. But it's days like this, when I come across an 'entertainment' headline like this, that I feel older. The upside to this is that it's a fantastic movie:

Heathers (20th High School Reunion Edition) DVD

Heathers tells the story of Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), a student at Sherwood, Ohio's Westerburg High. Veronica has managed to become part of "the most powerful clique in school," a group of beautiful girls who all share the same first name… and no, it's not Veronica. Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) is their leader, and she is a force to be reckoned with, reveling in her status and ready to mock and tear others down at a moment's notice.

Having made it in the high school social status sense, Veronica has come to a major realization – she "doesn't really like her friends." In fact, she outright hates the toxic Heather Chandler, and at a college party they attend together, the two finally have it out. At the same time, Veronica meets the mysterious new kid in town – Jason "J.D." Dean, a black trench coat wearing, motorcycle riding loner, who clearly loathes the Heathers, but is very attracted to Veronica. And J.D. has some very specific ideas on how to deal with bullies and jerks at Westerburg, involving poison, guns and bombs.

Now, keeping in mind that if a film like Heathers were released now, it would be lambasted by the media and you would hear words like "Columbine-esque" and that is was "tearing at the very moral fabric of society". Heathers was presented to the world in the late 80s and the social commentary and dark comedic aspects of the scipt weren't wasted on people that were eagerly looking to blame the writer an director for the fact that their 12-year-old daughter got caught smoking during school, or said "fuck you", or allegedly blew the football captain after homecoming.

Despite it's insanely low budget, Heathers speaks speaks on multiple levels about class warfare, suicide, homosexuality, and a society that thinks it has all the answers with a satirical flare that is still hard to match.

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