A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with poignant suicide notes posted near their bodies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
"Heathers" holds a fresh rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. And why is a film about manipulative, cynical pretty girls in high school so acclaimed? This black comedy comes with twists and turns.
Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live wrote and appears in this comedy about the alternately funny and terrifying pecking order among teenage girls. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a 15-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in Africa, where she was home-schooled by her zoologist parents. When her family relocates to the United States, Cady finds herself attending a high school in suburban Illinois, where she gets a crash course in the various sub-strata of the student body: the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, the "cool" kids, and so on. Much to her surprise, Cady finds herself embraced by a clique of rich and popular girls known to outsiders as "the Plastics," led by Regina George (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert), and Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried).
"Mean Girls" holds a fresh rating of 83 percent and an audience score of 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The Tina Fey stunner is arguably the most iconic teen movie of the aughts and grossed over $130 million at the global box office. That's pretty darn impressive!
"Heathers" may have paved the way, but it's literally all in the title of "Mean Girls." Regina George's "The Burn Book" is so iconic that it, along with other "Mean Girls"-related scenes, are featured in Ariana Grande's music video for "Thank U, Next." Many appreciate "Mean Girls" for its authenticity and witty dialogue, but the real significance of "Mean Girls" is how it effortlessly it redefined the high school hierarchy for an entire generation.
Cady, a red-headed white girl, is recruited into the Plastics upon moving to the United States from Kenya. She then realizes the cruelty and manipulative of Queen Bee Regina and decides to take her down. "Mean Girls" never wades in gallows humor, unlike "Heathers," but teens can definitely learn or thing a two about the importance of having compassion for others and from the comedy classic. Nevertheless, the Plastics are so darn good at being bad. Their conniving, cruelty nature is nothing less than entertaining to watch!