The Veronica Meets JD Scene
The Movie: Heathers (1989)
Why It’s Defining: It’s stupidly, impossibly cool.
‘80s did geek better than any other decade in cinema history, but they also had a pretty good handle on cool.
Here, they mixed James Dean ‘50s swagger with Travis Bickle’s ‘70s outsider edge to create Jason Dean, Christian Slater’s second hippest character ever (sorry, True Romance’s Clarence Worley still wins) and the greatest character introduction in ‘80s teen flick history.
Okay, except perhaps Ferris Bueller’s.
Why It’ll Stay With Us Forever: In 1989 one of us was 10. That didn’t stop him from getting his mum to buy him a trenchcoat whilst he tried to talk like Jack Nicholson. Yup, Sam again.
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