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Heathers (1988)

Heathers (1988)
Heathers follows Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) as she navigates her unique position amongst the titular "Heathers" - a group of teen girls all sharing the same first name, taste for popularity, and cut-throat attitude toward high school. A new kid, JD (Christian Slater), comes to town and entices Veronica to ditch her cruel, superficial friends and team up with him instead. From there, the body count begins adding up and Veronica must confront that JD is a much more destructive force than he first appeared.

Heathers became a cult hit upon it's release to VHS. After the lightheartedness of John Hugh's legacy, it was a dark and delightful breath of fresh air. It's had an infectious effect on pop culture; well-known for the inventive slang used throughout and a hot take on the way American culture metabolizes teenage angst and experiences. It also had a heavy influence on what would come to be other classic teen girl-focused films: Jawbreaker, The Craft, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Mean Girls to name just a few. With the portrayal of teen-on-teen homicide, it's been said a movie like it could never be released in the post-Columbine US and we'll see if that's true with a planned 2018 remake on the way. It has also inspired a musical adaptation.

Pros
This film is considered a cult classic, inspiring works all the way to the present day. It fundamentally changed the way audiences and directors interact with high school stories. The writing is sharp, clever, and the characters are dark but instantly recognizable. It holds up to this day.

Cons
The writer intended for the film to be directed by Stanley Kubrick (it never reached Kubrick) and as a result, some of the stilted length or unreality of certain scenes may not be to a particular audience's taste.

Supporters

Martinsx

Better Plot

Nothing makes a movie better and interesting is a better and complete plot. It's exactly what I enjoyed watching Heathers (1998). With the character of Winona Ryder in the movie makes it very interesting.
Posted by Martinsx on 07-24-2018
Kakashi2020

Winona Ryder

Any movie that involves Winona Ryder is a classic specially Heathers and Beetlejuice which was both shown in 1988. There's something about her that appeals to audiences, she wowed movie watchers in another cult classic Edward Scissorhands opposite Johnny Depp in 1990. Between Heathers and Mean Girls, Heathers is quite better.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 07-24-2018

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Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls follows Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) as she navigates an America high school after being homeschooled by her zoologist parents for over a decade in Africa. Though somewhat socially inept, she's immediately taken in as something of a pet project by the most popular girls in school, "The Plastics". After the group's leader, Regina George (Rachel McAdams), embarrasses Cady by promising to hook her up with a boy and instead taking the opportunity to hook up with him herself, Cady and another of Regina's victims, Janis Ian (Lizzy Kaplan), plan the demise of The Plastics. As they begin to successfully destroy Regina's popularity, Cady finds herself becoming more and more like the mean girls themselves.

Written by Tina Fey, Mean Girls catapulted the careers of Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lizzy Kaplan. It was a humongous pop culture phenomena of the 2000's. Like it's predecessors Clueless and Heathers, Mean Girls brought new slang into mainstream culture and provided a scathing criticism of the ways young girls are taught to interact with one another, what they're taught to value. A direct-to-video sequel was released in 2011 and a stage musical was set for release in 2018. A spin-off, Mean Moms, is currently in development.

Pros
This movie is a good time, plain and simple. The supporting cast puts in delightful performances and the script is filled to the tin with memorable lines and dialogue. It will likely be heralded as one of the most popular films of the 2000's and required watching.

Cons
Despite inspiring plenty of memes and related work, there is a question as to how well some of the film holds up. People of a certain (millennial) generation are guaranteed to find the content relatable, but as current events shift the cultural teen conversation towards mass shootings, sexism, racism, and internet harassment in schools it's likely that even this take may appear rosier than it should.

Supporters

Anonymous

Rachel McAdams And still ht Lindsay Lohan

Love Mean Girls, great comedy,and hot girls. Loved Lindsay in this film, when she was still hot, and Rachel is so beautiful.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-09-2018
Wubwub

more well rounded

I recently watched Heathers and was reminded of how dark it was and while it was entertaining and I do appreciate dark themes, I do prefer a bit more lightheartedness and comedy in films a bit more so I choose Mean Girls. Both are good in their own way and are celebrated for good reason, but my preference just leans more towards the more modern one.
Posted by Wubwub on 07-25-2018
Barida

Enjoyed it.

The time that I spent watching the Mean Girls was never a waste as I get to see thr good as well as the bad that always happen when we are talking about the things that occurs in high school. I mean everything that played out is a lesson to the current generation of how to behave when in schools.
Posted by Barida on 07-25-2018
MomoStarr16

bias :D

Of course mean girls. No other reason but because Lindsay Lohan was there.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-24-2018
amelia88

Such a fun movie

I think Mean Girls was a really fun movie, but also something that had a lot of lessons to be learned from it. I can't believe it's been 14 years since it was released, though! Where does the time go?

It also was back when Lindsay Lohan was big - it was a shame to see her fall off the wagon so badly.

Posted by amelia88 on 07-26-2018
lei08pineda

Like it a lot

I watch mean girls for the nth times now. I lost track of how manu times I have watched this movie. This is just plain and simple but this kind of movie is what I needed the most during my mood swings. I don't know, I just felt good after watching this.
Posted by lei08pineda on 07-25-2018

Comments

babyright
I think Heathers 1988 was a real classic movie since the characters display how teens make friends and interact easily in America The movie was great.
Posted by babyright on 07-23-2018
MomoStarr16
Wow, that was the year I am born. But with what the post said, I felt that I needed to watch that movie. Sounds interesting because it became famous.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-24-2018
MomoStarr16
Mean Girls for me is better. Not because of the plot or anything technical but because it was my age. The other movie is way too old for me and maybe I will find it hard to get along with it. And of course Lindsay Lohan has an appealed that makes me love this movie.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-24-2018
ion
I think the Heathers, I much more related to this one. I really love the classic teen movies, I really like how hard the communication during that time and to make friends with other people. However, on this movie, it's looks easy and there was no problem even without gadgets of phone, a simple interaction with other people makes this movie really interesting.
Posted by ion on 07-24-2018
ion
I think the Heathers, I much more related to this one. I really love the classic teen movies, I really like how hard the communication during that time and to make friends with other people. However, on this movie, it's looks easy and there was no problem even without gadgets of phone, a simple interaction with other people makes this movie really interesting.
Posted by ion on 07-24-2018
ballyhara
Heathers is a classic, and inspired so many other teen tv shows and movies, including Mean Girls. So, let's say extra points to Heathers for being a pioneer into teen world movies, but honestly I rather watch Mean Girls instead of Heathers. Pranks are meaner, and it shows how cruel can be high school for some guys. Not that I agree with bullying or being mean, but let's face it, that's happening still on every school around America, at least kids will identify those situations and try to stop them.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-24-2018
lovely
Well analysed, heathers is really classic and it came in a time I needed to see a movie of that nature as I was still a teenager then so I loved the storyline too but I still love mean girls it was more captivating for me.
Posted by lovely on 07-25-2018
lovely
I love the mean girls because of its storyline it was an interesting movie but in a realistic way. The writer was very creative and the cast and crew did a perfect job of interpreting the story perfectly well.it just an exciting movie to watch .I'm so waiting to see mean moms.
Posted by lovely on 07-25-2018
Marako0406
I have never watched the Heathers so I can can only vote for Mean Girls and it is indeed mean and fun movie to watch. I guess they are somehow the same as teen girls with the popularity that they have and to add that attitude. Mean girls is one of those movies in my time that still reflects to most teens nowadays.
Posted by Marako0406 on 07-31-2018