Easily one of the best comedies of the 1980s, “Heathers” is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece that comes together in perfect unison. From a brilliantly dark screenplay to masterful direction to well-paced editing to a dated-but-effective synth score, there’s really nothing else like this that’s ever been made quite as well. “Heathers” manages to make its satirical target – the media’s glorification of teenage suicide – surprisingly potent for courageous comedic material, forcing some uncomfortable truths through satire. None of it work as well however without Winona Ryder’s iconic lead performance as Veronica Sawyer, and the chemistry she shares with cinematic co-conspirator Christian Slater, turning what could have an obnoxious version of “Bonnie and Clyde” into a bona-fide classic in its own right.
Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)