Bilge Ebiri
June 25, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Jawbreaker

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
02/19/99
performer
Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, Judy Greer, Rose McGowan, Tatyana Ali
director
Darren Stein
distributor
TriStar Pictures
author
Darren Stein
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy
We gave it a C

This Heathers-style comedy gives McGowan a chance to chew the scenery as ringleader of a quartet of teen queens who accidentally kill one of their own. Jawbreaker‘s occasionally dizzying energy keeps things interesting, but the script imagines itself far more wicked than it really is. Ultimately it’s an after-school special in MTV clothing, reveling in the superficiality of high school even as it decries it. C

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