Jawbreaker (1999)



Critic Consensus: This throwaway comedy falls victim to its hip sensibilities.

Movie Info

High school. A time of sweet innocence. Untainted youth. Goal-oriented teenagers. NOT! At fictional Reagan High School, these are the times of feeling awkward and discovering who you are while trying to fit in with everyone else. And belonging to a "clique" is a life or death matter, especially when that clique rules the school. Courtney Shane, Julie Freeman, Marcie Fox, and Liz Purr are all best friends. They are at the height of their popularity when an innocent birthday prank accidentally … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, language and violence, all involving teens)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Darren Stein
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Columbia TriStar


as Courtney Shayne

as Julie Freeman

as Marcie Fox

as Fern Mayo/Vylette

as Zack Tartak

as Dane Sanders

as Miss Sherman

as Det. Vera Cruz

as Mr. Purr

as Mrs. Purr

as Marcie's Father

as The Stranger

as Brenda

as Superstar No. 1

as Superstar No. 2

as Cheerleader No. 2

as College Stud

as Cheerleader No. 1

as Make-Up Monger No. 1

as Make-Up Monger No. 2

as Gothic Girl

as Customer

as Drama Student No. 1

as Drama Student No. 2

as Wannabe No. 1

as Wannabe No. 2

as Officer

as Dreamgirl No. 1

as Dreamperson No. 2

as Mom Freeman

as English Teacher

as Biology Teacher

as Cooking Teacher

as Auto Stud

as The Donnas No. 1

as The Donnas No. 2

as The Donnas No. 3

as The Donnas No. 4

as High School Stud No....

as Superstar No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Jawbreaker

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18)

Lame shock scenes, crucial plot points inserted without setups, and an unsuccessful attempt to exploit the camp value of some actors cast in minor parts are the least of the problems in this black comedy.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The producers of this film, which depicts teen-age girls as an assemblage of negative stereotypes, are female. Can females practice misogyny?

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Only the soundtrack (the Donnas, Imperial Teen) and the irrepressible McGowan make it fractionally more bearable.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a tired lousy movie, a terrible twosome that deserves your heartfelt indifference.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Not quite a satire, not quite an homage, Jawbreaker falls into a third category: audaciously unoriginal.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Not particularly funny or trenchant.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jawbreaker


This movie is actually really good. It's one of the last great teen comedies of the 90s, and it's a dark comedy similar to Heathers. I found it very funny, and I recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Just another o-kay movie.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

The sweetest candies are sour as death inside. Jawbreaker was a cute chick flick but girls in the movie tiny bit LOLs. The expression on their face when they find out their best friend is dead just because of the stupidity, it was a LOL moment for me-

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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