No one would ever mistake Heathers for a John Hughes movie. Sure, they both use high school as a backdrop for their tales of class struggles, but no matter how battered and bruised he got, Duckie from Pretty in Pink would never feed Andrew McCarthy a drain cleaner cocktail. No, Heathers is the blackest of comedies made even more dark for revolving around a high school clique of the most popular girls in school a.k.a. the Heathers.
The film stars Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer, the one brunette non-Heather allowed in the clique of Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), and Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk). They are rich, beautiful, popular and feared. When Christian Slater’s J.D. rolls into town with his dark looks and Jack Nicholson-inspired bad boy aura, Veronica goes weak in the knees. Also, the morals. Soon she and J.D. are making amends the biblical way. Also, totally breaking up.
Filmed in just 32 days the movie became a cult hit. The dark subject matter for a teen film was eyebrow raising to say the least. In fact, rumor has it that the parents of 17-year old Heather Graham thought it was too dark for their fledgling actress daughter. Wonder what they thought of Boogie Nights?
One of the most memorable things about the movie was the vicious and often hilarious dialogue spilling out of the perfectly lipsticked mouths of the Heathers. Here are a few of our favorite lines to ever grace the silver screen. We couldn’t find a clip that just said, “CORN NUTS!”, though. Put on your favorite red scrunchie and watch. If we missed something, tell us in the comments:
“Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.”
“Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?”
“Why are you such a mega bitch?”
“You were a Girl Scout cookie!”
Heathers plays on IFC at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 10th.