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Jawbreaker [DVD]

Rose McGowan , Rebecca Gayheart , Darren Stein    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer, Chad Christ
  • Directors: Darren Stein
  • Writers: Darren Stein
  • Producers: Adam Silverman, Lisa Tornell, Stacy Kramer, Thom Colwell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VXZJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,908 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A ferocious day-glo-coloured complement to Michael Lehmann's majestically spiteful late-80s teen black comedy Heathers, Jawbreaker invites us into the immaculately turned-out and deeply, deeply venal world of a quartet of high-school princesses led by one Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan)--or "Satan in heels", as she's known to her peer group. The only thing is, Courtney's gang don't stay a quartet for long after the one vaguely likeable member of the group, Liz (Charlotte Ayanna) dies following a malicious birthday prank executed by her caring, sharing girlfriends. (All we can say is that it involves the titular hunk of candy.)

Triumphantly convincing the world Liz was, in fact, the victim of a serial killer, Courtney gets on with ruling school with a manicured iron fist--except she didn't bargain for the sudden discovery of a conscience by her lieutenant Julie (Rebecca Gayheart), or the rumbling of her plan by class geek Fern Mayo (Judy Greer). In truth, no matter how badly Jawbreaker wants to be Heathers, there's little of the sharp, acidic wit or satirical glee which Lehmann brought to the table in the earlier movie--just a sticky and a faintly unpleasant aftertaste. That said, there's a certain cartoonish vibrancy to the proceedings, however predictably they unfold, and if McGowan's Joan Crawford Jr shtick as the vampish queen-bitch Shayne hardly extends her range as an actress, it's an accomplished piece of type-casting. --Danny Leigh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gob-stoppingly Good. 13 July 2014
With influences as winning as 'Carrie' and 'Grease' in the blender, this full intention of a ready made 'Heathers' for the 90s was as good (and better) an idea than most anything the teen market had out during the decade's tale end. After all, mixing deceptive identikit high-school students with a wonderful 'Body Snatchers/Puppet Master' plot imbued with a startling and brilliant dose of 'The Breakfast Club' made 'The Faculty' the best horror of the 90s period, and for me, the best alien film bar none. If that film was under-appreciated, underrated and bewilderingly received with much trepidation, the hate imbued for writer-director's 'Jawbreaker' by the few critics who bothered to see it is nothing short of staggering, not least the lunatic consensus which decried it not only of the 90s worst films, but "the distinction of being the single worst film of 1999"! This in a year of 'American Pie', 'Magnolia', 'Payback', 'Scream 3', 'Wild Wild West', 'The Sixth Sense', 'Confessions Of A Trickbaby' and several others! but critical snottiness known no bounds.

But away from the slippery and nonsensical slope of disdainful cliques worse than the girls portrayed in films like 'Jawbreaker', Darren Stein has created a memorable, bitchy, witty, glossy and exciting black comedy that, while not necessarily relating to real life outside its strikingly multicoloured candy bubble, nor to viewers past thirty years of age either (which makes me wonder why such critics bother utilising an opinion which can only go one heavily weighted way) shows an innate grasp of its material and what it wants to do with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classic 9 April 2012
Jawbreaker staring Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart and Julie Benz is one of the slickest and most deliciously entertaining teen movies of the late 90's. However at the same time this film does cater to a niche audience and will not be enjoyed by everyone.

The plot revolves around three girls who have a tradition of pulling a prank on their friend Liz for her birthday, only this year's prank goes wrong when Courtney (McGowan) accidentally kills Liz by gagging her with a jawbreaker. One of the girls, Julie (Gayhart) wants to come clean about the whole thing, but clique leader Courtney refuses to tell anyone what they have done and instead hatches a plan to make it look like Liz was the victim of a perverse sexual encounter gone wrong, shattering Liz's good girl image. However, their plan is thwarted by high school outcast Fern Mayo (Judy Greer) catches them moving Liz's body so in an effort to keep their secret Courtney promises to make Fern "one of them" in exchange for her silence. And things spiral out of control from that moment on.

The plot is very ludicrous but the film is executed in such a brilliantly unique way that it just about works. Much of this is down to Rose McGowan who is having the time of her life in the role of bitchy queen-bee Courntey Shayne. The supporting cast is great, especially Julie Benz who is hilarious as the ditzy sidekick and Judy Greer as geek turned chic Fern Mayo. But McGowan owns the movie and it's a thrilling ride watching her go from one despicable act to the next as she attempts to keep herself out trouble whilst remaining on top of the high school social ladder.

This is not a film that was made with a lot of money or big movie stars, it was made with a lot of love by people who are obviously big fans of the teen movie genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Be aware that if you want "Jawbreaker" on BLU RAY and you live in the UK - there's a problem.

This American-Only BLU RAY on Image Entertainment is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Check your player's Region Coding first (needs to accept A, B and C areas) before making an expensive mistake...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Often referred to as a 'cult classic' (here, roughly translated as big, fat flop at time of release) Darren Stein's desperate attempt to fuse cinematic body parts - part teen movie, part high-school romp, all black comedy - fails to work on any level, mainly because it is too busy plagiarising from practically every other movie in the genre. This 'Heathers' wannabee tells the story of the lengths a group of high school mean girls will go to in an attempt to cover up the death of friend, whom they accidentally kill with the titular candy. You can have in-jokes and genre cameos till your blue in the face but nothing can distract away from the fact that the characters are unbelievable, the script clumsier than a prom queen with a broken heel and the 'humour' actually more unpleasant than it is funny. The musical version is allegedly heading for Broadway in 2014 but it will take more than a musical slap on the back or a tuneful Heimlich maneuver to clear the throat of this asphyxiated comedy turkey. Oh, and the movie stars Rose 'Charmed' McGowan, though I cannot imagine she would thank anyone for reminding her.
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