Jawbreaker

"Zero"

Jawbreaker Review


Like the recent teen flick mishap "She'sAll That," "Jawbreaker" is anotherone of those high school movies that presumes a nerd's wildest dream isbe to become shallow and popular, and that said nerd would do just aboutanything -- even become an accessory to murder -- to see that dream cometrue.

The premise here is that when a SoCal teen wallflower (JudyEvans Greer) stumbles on the campus vanity princess squad covering up theiraccidental murder of another popular girl, the cold-blooded triad buy hersilence with a make-over and an introduction into their clique.

Marketed as satire, "Jawbreaker" steps way overthe line when the lipstick doll leader of the pack (Rose McGowan, "Phantoms")makes the virginal girl's death look like a rape and murder. She framesstranger (shock rocker and McGowan squeeze Marilyn Manson) by having sexwith him in the victim's bed before her parents come home to discover theirlifeless daughter.

In addition to having a questionable sense of humor, writer-directorDarren Stein ignores even the most elementary, common knowledge preceptsof forensic medicine (a simple autopsy would quickly unravel this frameup) in favor of trying to turn clique lieutenant Rebecca Gayheart ("UrbanLegend") into a meek heroine by writing for her a change of heartand wardrobe (the costume designer should have been the murder victim),which leads to the most preposterous of prom-embarrassment finales, a shameless,role-reversal rip-off of "Carrie." (The movie's one saving grace:The smokin' hot Marin County grrrl group The Donnas plays the prom band.)

Daring to posturing itself as a neo-"Heathers,"this movie aims much, much lower and comes off looking like Stein wrotethe script after eating something that didn't agree with him and watchinga triple feature of "Clueless," "Seven,"and "Caged Heat."

Too dark to be funny and plagued by abyss-sized holes inthe plot, slavish dialogue ("Some of the sweetest candies are likedeath inside.") and sketch-quality acting, "Jawbreaker"is a 15 minute idea stretched into a feature film, and the stretch markscan't be hidden as the film often sits still for 20 minutes at a time.

In a perfect world, TriStar studio execs would lose theirjobs over this calamity. In the real world, it will probably be a hugehit (like "She's All That" was), and serve as further evidencethat far too many people are sheep and will flock to anything advertisedon MTV.



Jawbreaker

Facts and Figures

Run time: 87 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th February 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $3.1M

Budget: $3M

Distributed by: Columbia TriStar

Production compaines: TriStar Pictures

Reviews

Rotten Tomatoes: 7%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 53

IMDB: 5.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Courtney, as Marcie Fox, as Julie Freeman, as Ms. Sherwood, as Detective Vera Cruz, as Fern, as Zack, as Dane Sanders, as Brenda, as Liz, as Marcie's Father, as Mr. Purr, P.J. Soles as Mrs. Purr, as The Stranger

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Get Back Movie Review

Get Back Movie Review

Roger Appleton's documentary 'Get Back' looks into the music scene that come out of Liverpool....

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Advertisement
Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.