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First, I guess you need to know something about them, "The beautiful ones. The flawless four. Everyone wanted to be them. You know 'em". They went to your school, too. First there's Courtney "Satan-in-heels" Shayne (McGowan) and her pawn, the dense but dangerous Marcie Fox (Benz), a legend in her own little mind. Then there's angelic Julie Freedman (Gayheart), doomed to be popular because of her pretty face, and lastly, the teen dream herself, Elizabeth Purr. When an ordinary kidnapping prank leaves the future prom queen dead (accidentally gagged with a jaw-breaker), a deadly sweet prank leads to cover-up makeover in this edgy and unpredictable comedy. But there will be no mercy as prom night arrives, bringing this spirited tale to its cruel tiara-dropping conclusion.
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Critics Consensus: This throwaway comedy falls victim to its hip sensibilities.
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Common Sense Says
Violent, dark '90s teen comedy with unrelenting cursing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jawbreaker is a very dark 1999 comedy about the aftermath of the accidental murder of a popular girl by another popular girl. The movie overall is a cynical comment on popularity, status, and the ephemeral nature of friendship in high school. The profanity is far above and beyond the normal range of cursing in most movies -- perhaps Goodfellas is the only movie to use "f--k" with greater frequency, only instead of it being used by Mafioso, it's used by snotty and privileged (mostly) white girls. There are no redeeming characters; everyone in the entire high school plays the popularity clique game, and no one even thinks to question it. A girl is seemingly kidnapped by three masked attackers out of her bedroom, then gagged with a jawbreaker before having her mouth taped shut; she's killed by her friends who have done it as a birthday prank. Frequent sex talk among teens. A girl forces her boyfriend to suck on a popsicle as if it's a penis. A girl seduces an older man and has sex with him with the intent of framing him for murder. Caustic and profoundly negative humor drives the movie -- think of it as the nihilistic wicked stepsister of Heathers and Mean Girls. This nihilism can be downright disturbing, cruel, and not all that funny -- such as a joke set up to make fun of anorexic girls. And yet, despite being critically panned and a commercial failure upon its initial release, the movie's distinctive style, fashion sense, and off-the-charts exaggeration of adolescent drama has given it a loyal cult following.
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- Release Date:February 19, 1999
- Audio Format:5.1
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