On the only previously submitted review for Heathers:
While everyone watching this today comes from a post-Columbine point of view, you have to consider that this movie was made over a decade before the incident. And while it may stand as the most infamous example of high school violence, it isn’t the only one. There was violence at schools before and there will be more after. As a student who attended a high school when a violent act occurred (resulting in death), I can say that I could easily understand the extensive satire and ended up enjoying this film thoroughly. Because its intent is to be humorous, I suppose I just took it in stride and didn’t allow it to touch a nerve. There are other films, however, that were filmed after Columbine, which I find much more haunting, but still worth watching because of their cinematic and emotional offerings. The quality of Elephant is arguable, but its emotional appeal is indisputable. If you want a film about school violence that gives you chills, that’s my best suggestion. Heathers, on the other hand, is a black comedy. Therefore, it requires its viewers to have a sardonic and sadistic sort of humor to enjoy it. And enjoy it I did!