But again, lest Americans get too high on their horses about this, the US military-industrial complex, its marketing partners and Hollywood filmmakers have basically been doing higher-budget versions of the same thing for decades. One of the more obvious examples is the NFL, where flashy flyovers with high-tech military jets, troops marching with flags and even camouflage jersey sales have been a fixture for years, and the military has pumped tens of millions of dollars into patriotic displays at sports games. Others include the close relationship between the military and the video game industry , or its tight collaboration with the movie industry .
This is one of those movies where you laugh hysterically, then feel guilty for laughing, then laugh some more. Heathers pushes the envelope in mining comedy from teens murdering other teens. It is, however, a marvelous example of satire. Despite the surface-level gruesomeness, Michael Lehmann’s movie understands that high school is sometimes a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to popularity. Kids can be cruel to each other, killing with words and actions, if not with literal weapons. That quality gives the film real sting, marking it as one of the most provocative and (yes) deep-digging of the ’80s teen flicks.