MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 356 this week

Jawbreaker (1999)

5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 15,030 users   Metascore: 22/100
Reviews: 180 user | 50 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 29 May 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 11 Jun 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Jawbreaker" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jawbreaker (1999)

Jawbreaker (1999) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Jawbreaker.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sugar & Spice (2001)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A popular high school cheerleader becomes pregnant with the star quarterback's child, only to find herself turning to crime to support the lifestyle she wants to live.

Director: Francine McDougall
Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Melissa George
Heathers (1988)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics; killing the popular kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
To Die For (1995)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Suzanne Stone is an aspiring TV personality who will do anything to be in the spotlight- including enlisting 3 teenagers to kill her husband.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An update of the 1977 comedy, Dick and Jane are living the good life. That is until Dick (Jim Carrey) loses his job shortly after getting a promotion that convinced his wife Jane (Téa Leoni) to quit her job. The money is gone, and the house ends up in foreclosure. Dick decides to turn to a hilarious life of crime to pay the bills with his lovely wife by his side. Then together they decide it's ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin
The Hangover (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of a lot of black U.S. movies, for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "Menace II Society", "... See full summary »

Director: Paris Barclay
Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mild mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Florida to confront the deceptively harmless looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.

Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Every man has a different recollection of the beautiful young woman who wreaked havoc on their lives during one heated night.

Director: Harald Zwart
Stars: Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Mary Jo Smith
Office Space (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese
Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Analyze This (1999)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one-patient is an insecure mob boss.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Liz (as Charlotte Roldan)
...
...
...
...
Themselves
...
...
...
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Suck it and see... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Crime Entre Amigas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,071,947 (USA) (16 April 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Reagan High School" is actually University High School in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Goofs

When Pam Grier is handling the jawbreaker during the interrogation scene she is wearing long acrylic nails, but isn't wearing them in the close-up shots of her holding the jawbreaker. See more »

Quotes

Courtney: They'll believe it because it's thier worst nightmare: Elizabeth Purr, the very picture of teenage perfection, obliterated by perversion.
See more »

Connections

References Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Beat You Up
Written by Lori Yorkman, Leslie Day, Tina Canellas and Joe Vincent
Performed by The Prissteens
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sweet kind of teen comedy
12 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jawbreaker is a copy of a copy. It takes plot points from Heathers, Carrie, and uses some originals of it's own to create itself. It's not a bad film. Actually one of the better teen films I have seen recently. It reminds me of a much more recent film I saw a few months back called Mean Girls. Of course that came five years later. This one has all very beautiful, and perky actresses that flood the screen at one time, much like Mean Girls. But Mean Girls was a film that was much more tame and lit the screen up. This one falls under a dark comedy.

Let me just say I love Rebecca Gayheart. I had a childhood crush on her, and she's probably the reason for my love behind Santa's Slay. She's gorgeous, one of the most beautiful and underrated actresses in the business today. She gets a promising, and an effective role in this film. From her constant beauty on screen, to her sassy ways in the later parts of the film, she finds ways to surprise me. Very worthy, respectable part for her.

The plot is about three teen girls named Courtney (McGowan), Marcie (Benz), and Julie (Gayheart) who, as a birthday prank, gag their friend Liz with a jawbreaker, and throw her in the trunk of their car. They drive for a brief time, before stopping at a diner, and opening the trunk to realize she is dead. She had swallowed the giant jawbreaker, and now the girls realize their stunt has gone wrong.

To avoid trouble, Courtney calls Liz in sick, and they go to school like normal. Courtney (pretending to be Liz's mother) on the phone to give one of the girls Liz's homework for the day. The principal gives Courtney the homework, which she forgets, and another student named Fern Mayo (Judy Greer), a nerdy bookworm, is sent with Liz's homework. Fern absolutely adores Liz and her beauty, so upon arriving to Fern's house and entering, she finds the girls trying to cover up Liz's corpse with a faulty rape story.

Fern now knows a secret that shouldn't have been told. She has the power of blackmail. Courtney assures the crew that Fern will become the missing link in the "Flawless Four". They give Fern an amazing makeover, which she quickly takes to her head. Who could blame her? This is her first time she's been noticed. She's bound to let the newly given makeover get blown out of proportion. In the meantime, Courtney rejects Julie because of her wanting to do the right thing, and not take Fern for granted. Courtney basically says "you're out bitch!" and shuns her out of the picture. Courtney, Marcie, and Fern (now Vylette) are on their own. Hiding from a dark secret.

Upon it's release, Jawbreaker was met with negative reception because of it's dim-witted cast and copycat like plot. While it does sample from other movies, like stated above, it finds ways to be unique and clever. It throws in some original material of it's own. I love movies about teenage girls. Not just coming-of-age films, but films where high school girls are their own worst enemy. Where they are both the protagonist and the antagonist. What fun these movies bring! Starring: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer, Ethan Erickson, Carol Kane, Pam Grier. Directed by: Darren Stein.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jawbreaker: The Musical MissAngelCakes
Jawbreaker vs... Heathers slatesphanboi
Underrated xMarybethx
What we learn from 'Jawbreaker': gothic_shila
What is funny about teenagers getting killed? znmo
Whos hotter Courtney, Marcy, Julie or Liz blithing2
Discuss Jawbreaker (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?