This delicious satire involving the high school clique-system is almost perfectly realized. It starts quirky, and when the plot escalates, it turns into the kind of stuff that will make you sit up in your chair! The remarkably unsettling plot involves one frustrated member of the cool-clan (Winona Ryder) deciding that the leader of this exclusive club doesn't deserve to live, well, because she's a jerk who puts-down other people. However, it was more of a jest until boyfriend Christian Slater helps her fake a suicide note and do the job. Surprisingly, the effects on the school is far-from-expected (and deliciously, but guiltily, entertaining to watch). Though this film shouldn't be considered realistic (nor should the human interactions within the film), the viewer should rather take home the implications of it. Wildly entertaining. Only until the final third does it begin to run out of steam.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Mildford, Glenn Shadix, Lance Fenton, Patrick Labyorteaux, Jeremy Applegate, Jon Matthews, Carrie Lynn

Directed by:

Michael Lehmann


1989 comedy

Rated R


Don Ignacio's score: A-

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