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An avenging angel wreaks havoc at an American high school,
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In his best screen role to date Christian Slater wreaks havoc upon the lives of his peers, forming an uneasy alliance with Winona Ryder's Veronica as the pair evolve into a conscience-driven Bonnie and Clyde, visiting retribution upon the various deserving factions of their repellent American high school. Slater is JD, a new boy in school whose response to provocation from two bullies in the school canteen is to draw a gun on them, setting in place a chain of surreal events immersed in black humour and no little truth. As his initially willing but increasingly horrified girlfriend Winona Ryder finally begins to twig her date is perhaps not the charming chap she first supposed when he inducts her into her first killing. This is familiar territory given a total makeover by Daniel Waters' acerbic writing and JD's character - earmarked as psychotic during the saner moments of the script - emerges as an admittedly barking yet hugely charismatic and not unlikeable student in this school of horrors. As a black comedy the film is peerless. Both Slater and Ryder fully flesh out their bizarre characters, enjoying a script that ticks all the right boxes, leaving no one-liner untouched as the demonic forces of American high school life (the prize bitch, obnoxious football players etc) are visited upon by Slater's avenging angel with a variety of weapons and diabolical plans. JD's actions are clearly deranged yet all too realistic and, yes, occasionally understandable. In this school the best days of your life are exposed as nothing more than a myth, the vengeance driven JD and Veronica immersing themselves in a riot of gags, guns and freakishly stupid people who will make you spill your popcorn with laughter and wonder why you could never meet a pair quite like this at your own school. This is a sheer delight, and the definitive cult movie on American high school life.