The difference is that Coppola's larcenous teens really are clueless, blank and selfish. With the spectre of Aids stalking the shadows, a happy ending is a distant prospect. Stiles and the late Ledger may have become known for more intense films, but it's arguable that neither ever enjoyed themselves more on screen than they do here. Today, it is the least shocking aspect of a film that touches on knife crime, drug use and even rape within the state school system, but back then it was a touchstone for disaffected youth, never mind the fact that Haley was a journeying white musician in his 30s and the song was already a year old. Yet for many of us, the scary stories we encountered in the books of R. That's not to take away from Ringwald's wonderfully natural performance.
These people are primed and ready for the internet and the digital revolution.
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A teen movie with contemporary youth-culture references is always complicated with irony and melancholy when watched nearly 20 years on. Daring for its time in the depth of its black comedy — two grotesque, sexist jocks are killed and a note left to suggest a doomed gay love pact — Heathers mostly earned its cult kudos from such cracking one-liners as: John Hughes' uncanny ability to tap into teen emotion, then package it in an irresistibly commercial way, was never better employed than here. Not that many wisecracks either, come to think of it. So often, when we look back on our formative years, the memories which scream loudest are the ones marked by fear, death, and adolescent angst. Even if the film is no Clueless, it's still quite the bobby-dazzler.