The ’80s was the decade of the high school movie, but there had never been a high school movie quite like Heathers. Winona Ryder stars as Veronica, a member of a mean-girl clique in which all the other girls are named Heather. Like any thoughtful high schooler, Veronica is too smart to be fully invested in a clique but too young to know any better way to survive the perils of high school. Then she meets the new student, J.D. (Christian Slater), who is mysterious and funny, until he begins to manipulate Veronica into killing some of her friends. If it sounds morbid, that’s because it is, and the screenplay thrives on its biting tone.
Quicker take: If you’ve ever wanted to see what a John Hughes/Quentin Tarantino love child would look like, here you go.