movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] A Heathers-derivative? Okay, I’ll check it out.

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once were a popular clique
who ended up killing their chick.
A prank gone wrong…
They try to be strong…
But some cliques pick chicks you just can’t lick.

HAIKU REVIEW: Don’t kidnap your friends.
Kidnapping is bad, Mmmm-kay?
Jawbreakers aren’t gags!

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Bitches’ prank leads to complications.

QUIRKS: A movie about high school cliques, accidental murder and the inevitable cover-up, and social outcasts becoming popular in exchange for their silence. Does this sound familiar? This has aspects that are very similar to the movie Heathers.

PEOPLE: Written by Darren Stein who has written nothing I’ve ever heard of. Sarring the lovely Rose McGowan (The Doom Generation, Grindhouse, Nowhere, Scream, Encino Man, Monkeybone), Julie Benz (Rita from Dexter, Darla from Angel/Buffy, an episode of Married With Children, Saw 5, Punisher 2, Rambo 4), the multi-faceted and unrecognizable Judy Greer (The Village, 13 Going On 30, What Women Want, Alice The Waitress in Adaptation), and Rebecca Gayheart (Urban Legend 1 & 2, Scream 2) — who looked very familiar to me for some reason I can’t determine.

Also: Pam Grier (Jackie Brown and miscellaneous blaxploitation films). A bit part with William Katt that goes by so fast you’d never even know The Greatest American Hero was in this film. Chad Christ (who played the teenage version of the main character in Gattaca prior to this movie).

… And Marilyn Manson. In a cameo. As “The Stranger”. Neither of us even noticed!

VISUALS: Staring at Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Judy Greer for 1.5 hrs is a treat. They probably could have just been standing there, not doing anything, and I’d still have looked. Ridiculously fashionably dressed highschoolers that don’t look like they belong in high school? Sound like Heathers? Yes, it’s very much like Heathers. :) In some ways.

SOUNDTRACK: You get to see The Donnas on screen as well as hear them during the closing credits. We also have Letters To Cleo (I See), Veruca Salt (Volcano Girls), The Cars, Scorpions (Rock You Like A Hurricane), and a few other songs.

MORALS: Evil popular people will do ANYTHING to keep their status. Neutral popular people will follow them to the depths of hell. Good popular people will eventually do the right thing. Unpopular people, as taught in Heathers, will also become total bitches if given the chance to be popular.

Also: Pranks can be dangerous, and Jawbreakers do not make safe ballgags. Remember that if you decide to experiment in BDSM someday. Just buy a real gag. They’re more expensive than a jawbreaker, but cheaper than a funeral.

BAD STUFF: This movie is derivative of Heathers and other high school clique-based movies. But I don’t count against things too much for being derivative; actual new ideas are few and far between.

CONCLUSION: This was indeed a good movie for people who like the movie Heathers — just don’t expect it to be anywhere as good, deep, or funny. If there was a Heathers 2, I’d expect something along the lines of this (but most people would be disappointed). This was a dark comedy that begins with a clique-based murder, and ends with a happy ending that disturbs the equilibrium of the high school’s social structure. Social dynamics rule the film.

(Interesting fact: In the original Heathers, the school was actually supposed to be blown up.)

RATINGS: Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. It’s hard for me to put my finger on what I think, so I’ll go with carolyn’s ratings. In comparison, we gave Heathers 5/5 stars and 10/10 on IMDB.)

RECOMMENDATION: If you REALLY liked Heathers and/or Mean Girls a lot — you should check this out.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Yes, it’s very much like Heathers. Just not as deep and brooding, and not as funny. There’s no Christian Slater equivalent in this movie; it’s more about the interplay between the female characters. It is pretty much Heathers + Mean Girls. The Heathers angle makes this a bit better than Mean Girls — which is also a really good movie, but kind of corny and sappy compared to the black humor of this movie.

MOVIE QUOTE: Courtney: “They’ll believe it because it’s their worst nightmare: Elizabeth Purr, the very picture of teenage perfection, obliterated by perversion.”

COINCIDENCES: (Camille, Jawbreaker) 2 movies in the same night with Polaroid cameras AND a dead person swimming. Wowie.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Benj liked it.

Mood: slacky
Music: KMFDM – The Problem