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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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Darren Stein

Writer:

Darren Stein
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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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The sweetest candies are sour as death inside. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Crime Entre Amigas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,603,425, 21 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,071,947, 18 April 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Greer said that when she was dressed as Fern, nobody on set paid her any attention. When she transformed into Vylette, all of a sudden everyone paid attention to her. However, the men on set seemed more timid while approaching her as Vylette. See more »

Goofs

When the girls are taking Liz up to her room to make it seem like rape, when they are half way up the stairs you can see Liz's toes move. See more »

Quotes

Courtney: Ok, reality check. Liz is in the trunk of this car and she is dead. That is a sad, fucked up thing, but you are going to walk into that school and strut your shit down the hallway like everything is peachy fucking keen.
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References Carrie (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad Word For A Good Thing
Written by Dean Rohrer and Ben Vaughn
Performed by The Friggs
Courtesy of E-vil Records
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Darren & Rose = Film to remember
20 February 1999 | by drugal97See all my reviews

Contrary to the reviews I've read on this film, I found this film to be of an excellent nature. Rose McGowan is simply irresistable as the evil Courtney Shayne. Courtney is the girl you love to hate, and Rose McGowan is about to take off into the world of superstardom. As for Darren Stein, he has created a film to remember. Unlike any other movie (I see no resemblance between "Heathers" and "Jawbreaker"), Jawbreaker consists of both witty dialogue and excellent imagery. Marilyn Manson's lineless role, is captivating in a sense that the irony of the scene and the laughter one will not be able to stop are worth witnessing.


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