What’s not to love about this movie? Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica, starts off in the popular girls’ clique (whose other three members all happened to be named Heather) and then decides to reject everything that her peers tell her about how a girl should be. This rejection happens to correspond with her new boyfriend — the awesomely sociopathic Christian Slater — dispatching some of those ex-friends pretty literally. Though at first it might seem like she’s going along with it all for a guy, in the end she just lights a cigarette and lets him burn, saving the entire school in the process. In the last scene, Veronica takes the remaining reigning Heather’s crown from her head — a red scrunchie — and declares “there’s a new sherriff in town,” signifying a new era of respect, kindness, and friendship among her fellow students, especially among girls.
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