In a small-town Ohio high school, Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) is getting tired of being part of the popular clique and is drawn to one of the rebels (Christian Slater)… The director’s feature debut has become a cult classic over the years thanks to its dark sense of humor and bold theme. It attempts a tricky balance as it deals with bullying and teenage suicide. Drastic in tone, with funny dialogue, and the two stars are amusing in their breakthrough performances, but the film can’t quite live up to its ambition and goes off the rails near the end. 

1989-U.S. 102 min. Color. Directed by Michael Lehmann. Screenplay: Daniel Waters. Cast: Winona Ryder (Veronica Sawyer), Christian Slater (Jason ”J.D.” Dean), Shannen Doherty (Heather Duke), Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford.

Trivia: Later a stage musical and a TV series (2018). Heather Graham and Jennifer Connelly were allegedly considered for roles. 

Quote: “Dear diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count.” (Ryder)



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