Denise Di Novi
teenage comedy, which has gained something of a cult following, showed every alienated
teen that they weren't alone. The morbid humour may or may not work,
but the social commentary is valid and, in retrospect, foresighted (ref.
Columbine and other school massacres). Then, of course, there is the
persistent question of whether the chicken or the egg came first, but when
it comes to Heathers, it wasn't the riotous romance which was
innovative, it was the portrait of the wicked high school cliques - pin-pointed or
not. The film was perceived as a reaction to the many teen films of the
1980s, notably those directed by John Hughes. But Hughes had already
done everything Heathers tried to do, and better, with
The Breakfast Club
four years earlier. Still, Heathers was effective enough for the
careers of Ryder and Slater to explode, and for screenwriter Waters'
brother to get a "remake"
flying in 2004.