Jawbreaker Movie Poster
  • Released
  • January 30, 1999
  • R, 1 hr 27 min
  • 67 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jawbreaker is a very dark 1999 comedy about the aftermath of the accidental murder of a popular girl by another popular girl. The movie overall is a cynical comment on popularity, status, and the ephemeral nature of friendship in high school. The profanity is far above and beyond the normal range of cursing in most movies -- perhaps Goodfellas is the only movie to use "f--k" with greater frequency, only instead of it being used by Mafioso, it's used by snotty and privileged (mostly) white girls. There are no redeeming characters; everyone in the entire high school plays the popularity clique game, and no one even thinks to question it. A girl is seemingly kidnapped by three masked attackers out of her bedroom, then gagged with a jawbreaker before having her mouth taped shut; she's killed by her friends who have done it as a birthday prank. Frequent sex talk among teens. A girl forces her boyfriend to suck on a popsicle as if it's a penis. A girl seduces an older man and has sex with him with the intent of framing him for murder. Caustic and profoundly negative humor drives the movie -- think of it as the nihilistic wicked stepsister of Heathers and Mean Girls. This nihilism can be downright disturbing, cruel, and not all that funny -- such as a joke set up to make fun of anorexic girls. And yet, despite being critically panned and a commercial failure upon its initial release, the movie's distinctive style, fashion sense, and off-the-charts exaggeration of adolescent drama has given it a loyal cult following.

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