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Jawbreaker (1999)

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Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose McGowan ... Courtney
Rebecca Gayheart ... Julie
Julie Benz ... Marcie
Judy Greer ... Fern
Chad Christ ... Zack
Ethan Erickson ... Dane Sanders
Tatyana Ali ... Brenda
Charlotte Ayanna ... Liz Purr
Jeff Conaway ... Marcie's Father
William Katt ... Mr. Purr
P.J. Soles ... Mrs. Purr
The Donnas ... Themselves
Marilyn Manson ... The Stranger
Carol Kane ... Ms. Sherwood
Pam Grier ... Detective Vera Cruz
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Storyline

In what was meant as a harmless birthday prank, three of Reagan High School's most popular girls, Julie, Marcie, and Courtney pretend to kidnap their friend, the latter shoving a jawbreaker into the victim's mouth to keep her from screaming. Their plan goes awry when the girl accidentally swallows the jawbreaker, choking to death. The cool and calculating Courtney tries to cover the crime but is found out by school geek Fern Mayo. In return for her silence, Courtney transforms the gawky Fern into the stylishly beautiful Vylette, leaving the conscience-stricken Julie out in the cold, threatening to set her up for the girl's murder if she breaks her silence. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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Suck it and see... See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and violence, all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jawbreaker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,603,425, 21 February 1999

Gross USA:

$3,117,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,117,085
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pam Grier's contract states that she must be in charge of doing her own hair for her films. For this film, she's wearing about three wigs blended together. See more »

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In the scene just after Fern has been made over, they are sitting at the cafeteria table and just after Dean sits down, a boom is visible at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Courtney: Well, if it isn't the beautiful people!
Brenda: Courtney, I've been meaning to tell you, you are to-die to-die!
Courtney: Thank you, my dear.
Marcie: [talking to her date] I'm so bored tonight. I think it's time for a little room service.
Courtney: Marcie! Reality check. I think there's a certain announcement that needs to be made.
Dane: Yeah. Give it up for the prom queen.
Marcie: Oh my god, Courtney. I am so sorry!
Courtney: It's okay, Marce. We can't all be up to speed, can we, girls?
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Spoofs Carrie (1976) See more »

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Almost You
Written by Chesney Hawkes and Matt Bronleewe
Performed by ebb
Courtesy of Windswept Entertainment
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A wicked, funny, twisted flick... I think not
4 July 1999 | by SMGbufSee all my reviews

As Heathers did, this film tries to do. It is supposed to be a clever black comedy that is twisted, sick, and you have a hell of a fun time viewing it. Jawbreaker succeeds in nothing. Absolutely nothing. I like Rose McGowan but as you're supposed to, you don't love her. Rebecca Gayheart is the one you're supposed to root for, I couldn't stand her in this role. And the rest of the cast besides the school's principal, fell flat. That's not their fault, it is the faulty script. Unwitty dialogue and unclever antics make this film a downer. After accidently killing a friend they hatch a cover up scheme yet obviously someone is uncovering it. Now one friend must find a way to prove that her friend killed this girl. I didn't get that factor. It was an accident, yes it turned sick, but Courtney didn't actually, purposefully kill the girl. The ending is predictable, and there is crappy casting. I say this because Marilyn Manson is cast as a man that well... does... his real-life love interest Rose McGowan. It's odd, unfunny, and with a black comedy, it should be witty. This isn't. D-


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