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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Marcie and Courtney are staging Liz's death scene Marcie and Courtney continuously switch positions from the left side of the bed to the right repeatedly. See more »

Quotes

Miss Sherwood: You don't think that Miss Mayo could have...? No. Miss Mayo is as sweet as the days are long.
Detective Vera Cruz: It's a crazy world, Miss Sherwood. Some of the sweetest candies are sour as death inside.
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Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1999 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Volcano Girls
Written by Nina Gordon
Performed by Veruca Salt
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A little hard to swallow
27 June 1999 | by tbeardSee all my reviews

Well, it's a teenage flick with the blond from Scream and the girl in the face wash commercials. It was a new release so it seemed worth a try. Too bad it wasn't. To start off with the obnoxious, undeveloped characters that grow tiring after the opening scene are, like the candy, a little hard to swallow. First of all, the incredibly unrealistic situation is by no means justified, and the police and whoever else is involved must have had to been completely idiotic to be swayed by these whiney suburbanite mall queens. This movie offers little else than a fairly decent sound track.


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