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(1988)

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Certification

Sex & Nudity

  • Some fairly moderate sex references throughout.
  • MPAA suggested rating -Rated R: for violence, pervasive language, disturbing behavior, alcohol and drug use - all involving teens.

Violence & Gore

  • A game of croquet is held, with three girls (all "Heathers") using another girl's ("Veronica"'s) head (not particularly violent, just played for laughs)
  • Two characters get into a fight: slamming each other into the walls, wielding a fire extinguisher, a gun and a knife.
  • The results of the fight are shown as the two characters leave, with both of them bloody and bruised.

Profanity

  • At least 3 abuses of the name "Jesus," at least 3 misuses of "Christ," and more than 2 dozen instances of "God" as a curse word.
  • The 'f' word is used 15 times, the 'a' word over a dozen times, the 's' word dozens of times, "bitch" at least 3, "hell" at least 3, "damn" at least a dozen times, "prick" at least once.
  • One character gives another the middle finger.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Teen characters smoke and drink throughout the film.
  • A stoner girl smokes a joint in the school bathroom.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Nothing overly intense (maybe the shootings in the woods and the final scene) but the whole theme of the film is rather dark, with comedic/humorous undertones).
  • The movie is about teenagers murdering other teenagers and setting them up as suicides. Many people may find this and several pieces of the content disturbing, despite the fact that it is played for comedy.
  • A boy is chased naked through the woods before being shot to death.
  • A girl, after being bullied and picked on constantly, attempts suicide by walking into the middle of a busy street with a note pinned to her chest.
  • The entire class of children tease a character until she runs into the bathroom and empties an entire bottle of pills into her mouth.
  • A sociopath emotionally abuses a character throughout the film.
  • The film could have probably be a PG-13 for thematic elements if there wasn't so much language. The film isn't graphic, only a few scenes even contain blood.
  • The final scene is a bit of a downer, but also optimistic and providing closure.
  • OK for a fairly mature 13 year old.

Spoilers

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Violence & Gore

  • A girl unwittingly drinks a cup filled with drain cleaner and collapses face first into a glass table, dead.
  • A teen boy is shot in the neck. We see blood splatter. Another is chased by the shooter before being shot through the chest. We see the bullet enter, and small, red marks with minimal blood splatter.
  • With the intent to murder, a boy crawls through a window to find his victim hanging from the ceiling. After he leaves, the victim pulls herself down, revealing the suicide to have been fake.
  • A character graphically gets his finger shot off. We see blood running down as he tries to save himself. He is then shot twice more, though we do not see the bullet entry or blood.
  • As his suicide, a boy straps bombs to himself and sets them off. We do not see the results, but we do see a witness covered in soot.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A girl attempts suicide with sleeping pills, but is stopped before she takes them.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A boy rigs a school auditorium full of students to explode, and then blows himself up after his plan failing.

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