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What 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Twisted Teen

#1: Shoulder pads and croquet rule.

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager
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The dark comedy Heathers may not have been a box office success when it hit theaters in 1988, but today it's considered a cult classic beloved for its fashion, quippy one-liners, and murderous plot. The film tells the story of a high school clique of girls, three named Heather and one named Veronica (Winona Ryder), the newest and most self-aware addition who falls for the rebellious, popular kid-killing J.D. (Christian Slater). 

Though the film taught us all about the dangers of social politics and group think, it also taught us what it means to be a good 'ol fashion twisted teen. Below are just a handful of the many teen lessons in Heathers.

Being a teen means being all about the shoulder pads...

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


...And the big hair.

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


Oh, and being aware of the profoundness of life. 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


Teens should play croquet. All day, every day.
 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


And use holy water to keep their hair game on lock.

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


Mirrors are great places to take out teenage aggression. 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


It's cool to be attracted to the rebel unless that rebel turns into a psychopath. 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


Cool kids have nightstands with punctuation marks for handles... 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


...And drink Carnation milk for lunch like there's no tomorrow. 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


Teens, and adults for that matter, should be accepting of all people. 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


And have biting one-liners that everyone will remember for generations. 

Everything 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Teenager


Now, time to get weird and twisted... 

What 'Heathers' Taught Us About Being a Twisted Teen

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