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Jawbreaker (1999)

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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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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Death totally bites. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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

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19 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Um Crime Entre Amigas  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,603,425 (USA) (19 February 1999)

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$3,071,947 (USA) (16 April 1999)
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Each of the actors playing members of the Purr family was in either Carrie (1976) or The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) while Judy Greer would later star in the remake of Carrie. 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 »

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Dane: Don't go.
Courtney: Don't come.
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Spoofs Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

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I Think We're Alone Now
Written by Ritchie Cordell
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Not a masterpiece, but fine entertainment
29 March 2001 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

When you watch "Jawbreaker," you can't help but sense echoes of "Heathers," "Clueless" and "The Craft." So it is a bit of a derivative teen bopper flick. But it's not a total rip-off and does stand on its own two feet.

However, it's a fun movie. And it has a great soundtrack, which I have. I love the use of the song "Rock Me Like a Hurricane" in the Marilyn Manson cameo. Pam Grier also had an interesting bit role, as a tough-as-nails private investigator. "Jawbreaker" has its flaws, but it's fast-paced, energetic and sometimes pretty funny.

The only big letdown was the ending. Couldn't they come up with something more torcherous to do to Courtney? Evidently, the writer Darren Stein was too anxious to complete the script and pasted on this snappy, thoughtless ending.


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