Football season is over. Kurt and Ram had nothing to offer the school but date rapes and AIDS jokes.Before my 3-year anniversary, I challenged myself to write 3 reviews per week for 3 weeks in April. It was a lot of work, but it was very fun. I really enjoyed reviewing my choices, and was happy with the results. Of course, I felt I should add one more, for good luck - and review it differently than my other April entries. I never fail, mf.
That was a great decision, since it brought me back full-circle to my first ever review here: Three O'Clock High. TOH is one of the great unknown 80's comedies, a real treasure & personal favorite, always reminding me of Heathers, in many ways. And so everything old is new again.
This clip tells you everything you need to know about Heathers.
Veronica is well-off, and smart enough to do anything. But she has typical teenage problems - she has to make sacrifices for her position in the social hierarchy, like using her brain to help the prettiest girls in school treat everyone like crap. Worse, no one really understands or appreciates her. Then the new kid comes to town.
Christian Slater's JD is like a bleak, modern take on James Dean (initials are no coincidence). He soon establishes himself as a loner/free-thinker who won't respect the clique system. And when he defends a "loser"and two bullies set their sights on him, JD stands up in the cafeteria, pulls out a gun loaded with blanks, and fires twice. It not only sets up his personality, it makes him irresistible to Veronica.
Now our lead, the smartest flunky you ever saw, has someone to share her feelings and thoughts and love. Although Veronica isn't slutty, a surprise meeting with JD leads immediately to sex. How will this new-found, perfect romance change life, cliques, and the school itself? Pretty badly, since JD is a depressed sociopath.