You probably do not know this BUT two of my favorite flicks are Heathers and Mean Girls. Mean Girls was inspired by the dark comedy, Heathers, and I can seriously sit there and watch them both over and over again, because they do not get old. I love Heathers, because they say things like “you’re such a pillow case”, and “bulimia was so 87”. It also brings up a deep point at the end of the film when the school was about to get blown up, the world is quite similar to high school, people genuinely get along with people who are like themselves. We really do not get along with those that we cannot relate to.
Mean Girls was hilarious, and showcased how females are so fucking mean to each other, and how we just love to screw with each other’s heads, and target those we see as weaker. What is awesome about both of these teen flicks is they were directed by men, and to me that is pure irony. They are the man crush Monday’s this week.
Michael Lehmann- Director of Heathers!
Mark Water- Director of Mean Girls
The classic teen comedy, Mean Girls was released into theaters a decade ago, it coined the phrase “so fetch”, and is probably Lindsay Lohan’s most famous role. Long before Regina George was terrorizing her high school peers, there was a different Queen B, she went by the name Heather Chandler, and unlike Regina who gets redeemed at the end of the film, Chandler is murdered by her “best friend”, played by a young Winona Ryder. Heather Chandler is the ultimate villain, she is the bitch from middle school everyone wanted to punch in the face, and the bully from the playground in elementary that pushed you down the slide. There is nothing redeemable about her character, and this is why when she is murdered, it is difficult to feel any sort of remorse for her.
Heathers is a dark comedy about a girl that desperately wants to get out of the “it” crowd, because she sees how superficial, mean and nasty they are. They believe they are superior to the entire school, and spend their days tormenting innocent classmates. She gets into a romantic relationship with the “new kid” in school, and together they begin murdering a few of their classmates, and staging them as suicides. At the end of the movie he attempts to kill the entire school, because he believes that the only place all social cliques can get along is in heaven. This is where the film gets deep…even though CJ is indeed insane, and killing the whole school in an attempt to prove a point is uncalled for; he is right, in a way high school does show how people of different beliefs, backgrounds, and social status’s will never genuinely get along. This goes for adulthood, humans form bonds with others that are like themselves, and a significant amount form judgments on others based on their appearance.
The characters that fall victim to CJ’s schemes are the assholes that he believes had nothing to offer the school, but vulgar jokes and constant stupidity. I do admit I have to fast forward through the jocks getting shot, because it was a bit too gruesome for my taste, but the funeral scene was classic. I love Heathers dark humor, and deep points in regards to human behavior. I wish modern day teen comedies were this cool.