Heathers (1988) is a dark comedy depicting the lives of teenagers in the 1980's. Screenwriter Daniel Walters bitterly and hilariously uses satire to exaggerate the dramas of teenage life-- including sexuality, eating disorders, self esteem issues, social status, and drug use.
While intertwining each of these aspects of “teen life,” the central subject of Heathers is teenage suicide. The somewhat controversial film appears to be in favor of teen suicide-- or at least, doesn’t seem to look down upon it. However, the film is arguably an expert work of sarcastic satire against suicide. Main characters Veronica and J.D. are two teenagers, both deeply cynical and profoundly thoughtful, who are placed in a contrastingly dull Midwestern setting. J.D. a subtly placed contraction for “juvenile delinquent,” proves also to be a psychopathic killer. When he purposely gives Heather, the head of the most powerful clique in the high school, a “hangover cure” of pipe cleaner, Veronica thinks it was an accident, and helps him stage the murder to look like a suicide. This soon becomes a sort of hobby for the two-- killing the most popular kids in school, and making it look like suicide.