Welcome to the second installment of the Persephone Movie Club. This week, we’ll be discussing Heathers. Somehow I’d never seen it until now and didn’t really know much about it, so I’m excited to have finally caught up with the rest of my generation. (I was 10 when it came out in 1988, so I wasn’t really old enough for the subject matter. Why it took another 24 years to see it defies explanation.)
- I have no idea what the public reaction was in the pre-Columbine days when this came out, but I can’t even imagine the furor if it was made today. How well do you think the story has aged?
- I love the concept of the popular girls all having the same ridiculously popular name. I thought it would be confusing, but it was just hilariously spot-on.
- I loved the relationship between Veronica and her parents, especially the banter with her dad. And it was great that they asked about her social life but didn’t freak out that she was going to college parties and didn’t start lecturing her about sex when asking about prom plans.
- Peer pressure is obviously one of the biggest driving forces behind most of the characters’ actions in the film. Did the Heathers seem like a realistic representation of high school popular girls? Were you a Heather or one of their victims?
- Oh, J.D. You were so pretty but so fucked up. Why do you think he did the things he did? Was he an unrepentant psychopath, or just a troubled kid who got fucked in the head by watching his dad blow up his mother?
- Why didn’t Veronica try to stop J.D. at the end? Did he deserve to die for his actions? Is it fair that Veronica went totally unpunished? And was J.D. right when he said that she knew he was lying about the bullets because she secretly wanted Kurt and Ram to die, or was she really clueless enough to think they wouldn’t be fatal?
- How accurately did the film represent people’s reactions to (apparent) teen suicide? Was I the only one ugly laughing while picturing people writing on the Facebook walls of the dead characters?
And as always, if you have any gifs from the movie, share them in the comments!
Our next meeting will be July 27, where we’ll be discussing A League of Their Own. It’s summer, we need a baseball movie! It’s available on Netflix Instant and airs on cable pretty frequently, so check your local listings.