Jawbreaker is a 1999 film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer. Charlotte Ayanna has a non-speaking role in the film. The film was said to have been inspired by the 1988 film Heathers.
A high-school senior named Liz Purr (Charlotte Ayana) is kidnapped in her bed and three assailants stuff a jawbreaker down her throat. The plot gets more bizarre from there.
- Rose McGowan as Courtney Alice Shayne
- Rebecca Gayheart as Julie Freeman
- Julie Benz as Marcie Fox
- Judy Greer as Fern Mayo / Vylette
- Chad Christ as Zack Tartak
- Charlotte Ayanna as Elizabeth "Liz" Purr
- Ethan Erickson as Dane Sanders
- Pam Grier as Det. Vera Cruz
- Carol Kane as Ms. Sherwood
- Marilyn Manson as The Stranger
- Tatyana Ali as Brenda
- P. J. Soles as Mrs. Purr
- William Katt as Mr. Purr
- Jeff Conaway as Mr. Fox
Why It's A Broken Jaw
- Poorly written story.
- A bunch of scenes drag on.
- Marcie Fox was Flanderized in the third act.
- Bizarre ideas for a comedy.
- The rest of the popular girls were annoying in the prom scene.
- There is some hypocrisy filled in the movie.
- While Courtney did get what she deserved, Marcie never got any consequences, making her a Karma Houdini.
- The scene with Marcie talking with her dad just makes her very disrespectful and ungrateful for the only person that still cares about her (next to the deceased Liz and Debatably Courtney)
- The film is basically a rehash of Heathers.
- Courtney was a Iconic character, (mostly due to Rose McGowan's Performance.)
- Julie, Fern and Zack were okay characters.
- The Beginning scene with Volcano girls was Iconic.
- The strutting scenes were Iconic.
- Some funny quotes here and there.
- Awesome soundtrack.
- Pam Grier was Iconic.
- Ms. Sherwood was Funny.
- If you look behind the scenes, Rose McGowan's was-then boyfriend.
- Though is a rehash of Heathers, there is some campiness, but with a bit of edge.
- The Fashion is absolutely memorable.
- Marcie was Funny in the first and maybe the second act.
- "My name is Vylette."
Jawbreaker currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average 3.4 out of 10.
Jawbreaker opened up at #13 on its opening weekend with a gross of $1,603,425 in the U.S. The film's overall gross was $3,076,820 making it a box office bomb. Though Bombing critically and financially, it has gained a cult following.
Awards and nominations
Rose McGowan was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, but lost the award to Matt Dillon and Stephen Dorff for their roles as Pat Healy and Deacon Frost in There's Something About Mary and Blade.
- Rachael Leigh Cook auditioned for the role of Julie, reading the scene where the three girls discover Liz is dead.
Jawbreaker is featured.