Jawbreaker (1999)



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

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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 kills Liz, the sweetest member of the clique. During their panicked attempt to cover up the murder, the class nerd, Fern Mayo, stumbles upon them. In order to keep Fern quiet Courtney offers to make her popular, and the results are a dark, comical Faustian tale of corruption, redemption and makeover madness!
R (for sexuality, language and violence, all involving teens)
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Columbia TriStar

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Rose McGowan
as Courtney Shayne
Rebecca Gayheart
as Julie Freeman
Julie Benz
as Marcie Fox
Judy Greer
as Fern Mayo/Vylette
Chad Christ
as Zack Tartak
Ethan Erickson
as Dane Sanders
Charlotte Roldan
as Liz Purr
Carol Kane
as Miss Sherman
Pam Grier
as Det. Vera Cruz
William Katt
as Mr. Purr
P.J. Soles
as Mrs. Purr
Jeff Conaway
as Marcie's Father
Marilyn Manson
as The Stranger
Tatyana Ali
as Brenda
Kall Harrington
as Superstar No. 1
Alexis Smart
as Superstar No. 2
Lisa Robin Kelly
as Cheerleader No. 2
Michael McClafferty
as College Stud
Alexandra Adl
as Cheerleader No. 1
Joni Allen
as Make-Up Monger No. 1
Vylette Jezel Fagerholm
as Make-Up Monger No. 2
Ann Zupa
as Gothic Girl
Jan Linder
as Customer
Brian Gattas
as Drama Student No. 1
Claudine Claudio
as Drama Student No. 2
Jessica Gaynes
as Wannabe No. 1
Jane Leigh Connelly
as Wannabe No. 2
Tommy McKay
as Officer
Marita Black
as Dreamgirl No. 1
Dan Gerrity
as Dreamperson No. 2
Rebecca Street
as Mom Freeman
Rachel Winfree
as English Teacher
Sophia Abu Jamara
as Biology Teacher
Donna Pieroni
as Cooking Teacher
Rick Lindland
as Auto Stud
Allison Robertson
as The Donnas No. 1
Brett Anderson
as The Donnas No. 2
Maya Ford
as The Donnas No. 3
Torry Castellano
as The Donnas No. 4
Billy Butler
as High School Stud No. 2
Allison Thayer
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?

July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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

November 7, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

November 6, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A slick production of a lame script!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Just another o-kay movie.

Dead Angel
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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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