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Directed by Darren Stein
Produced by Adam Silverman
Written by Darren Stein
Starring Rose McGowan
Rebecca Gayheart
Julie Benz
Judy Greer
Ethan Erickson
Marilyn Manson
Music by Stephen Endelman
Cinematography Amy Vincent
Editing by Troy T. Takaki
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) January 30, 1999 (Sundance)
February 19, 1999
Running time 87 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.5 million
Gross revenue $3,117,085

Jawbreaker is a American black comedy satire film, directed by Darren Stein. It was released February 19, 1999. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer as girls in a clique that is at the top of the feeding order in their local high school.



There's a wicked clique at Reagan High School in Los Angeles. Cursed with beauty, dark wit and cold charisma, the girls in the pack are making their way up the social ladder, leaving casualties in their path. That is, until a mindless birthday prank leaves Elizabeth "Liz" Purr (Charlotte Roldan) choked to death on a jawbreaker, still in her bra and panties, in the trunk of a car. The girls responsible for the grisly (yet accidental) murder are Courtney (Rose McGowan), the cold hearted leader; Marcie (Julie Benz), the adoring best friend; and Julie (Rebecca Gayheart), the sensible and kind one. Courtney insists on covering up the murder, making it look as if Liz had died at the hands of a rapist. Stumbling upon the dark plot is school outcast Fern Mayo (Judy Greer); to buy Fern's silence, Courtney accepts Fern into the clique, transforming her into beautiful exchange student "Vylette." Disgusted and horrified with her friends' actions, Julie, the only one with remorse, leaves the group, only to be targeted by her former friends. Julie watches in mute horror as Courtney spins a relentless web of lies, betrayal and manipulation to cover up the murder and ensure her popularity.

In time, Vylette's popularity eclipses Courtney's own, leading Courtney to turn on her and reveal her identity to the entire school. With Fern once again reduced to an outcast, Julie takes pity on her and forgives her for falling under Courtney's influence. Later, Julie finds the recording card she was fiddling with when Courtney was faking Liz's death (containing the message. "I killed Liz. I killed the teen dream. Deal with it") among a bag of Liz's possessions she was given. Fern, Julie, and her boyfriend, broadcast this card at the school Prom when Courtney is making her Prom Queen speech, and this brings the demise of her popularity as the students of the school pelt her with flowers and call her a murderer. Awaiting her at the very end with a camera is Julie, whom she begs tearfully for clemency but finds all-too-willing to add to her misery ("smile, pretty Courtney").

Full Cast

  • 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
  • Ethan Erickson as Dane Sanders
  • Charlotte Ayanna as Elizabeth "Liz" Purr
  • Pam Grier as Det. Vera Cruz
  • Carol Kane as Ms. Sherwood
  • Marilyn Manson as The Stranger/Rapist
  • Tatyana Ali as Brenda Chad
  • PJ Soles as Mrs. Purr
  • William Katt as Mr. Purr
  • Jeff Conaway as Mr. Fox
  • Kall Harrington as the Superstar #1
  • Alexis Smart as the Superstar #2
  • Allison Thayer as the Superstar #3
  • Alexandra Adl as the Cheerleader #1
  • Lisa Robin Kelly as the Cheerleader #2
  • Michael McClafferty as the College Stud
  • Joni Allen as Make-Up Monger #1
  • Vylette Fagerholm as Make-Up Monger #2
  • Anna Zupa as the Goth Girl
  • Jan Linder as the customer
  • Brian Gattas as the Drama Student
  • Claudine Claudio as the Drama Student
  • Jessica Gaynes as the Wannabe
  • Jane Connelly as the Wannabe
  • Tommy McKay as the police officer
  • Marita Black as the Dreamgirl #1
  • Dan Gerrity as the Dreamperson #2
  • Rebecca Street as Mrs. Freeman
  • Sandy Martin as the Nurse
  • Rachel Winfree as the English Teacher
  • Sophia Abu Jamra as the Biology Teacher
  • Donna Pieroni as the Cooking Teacher
  • Rick Lindland as the Auto Stud
  • Billy Butler as the High School Stud #2
  • Allison Robertson as the band; The Donnas
  • Brett Anderson as the band; The Donnas
  • Maya Ford as the band; The Donnas
  • Torry Castellano as the band; The Donnas

Jawbreaker Soundtrack

Track # Song Title Artist Length
Yoo Hoo Imperial Teen 3:31
I See Letters To Cleo 3:56
Next To You Edna Swap 2:35
Don't Call Me Babe Shampoo 2:58
Bad Word For A Good Thing Friggs 2:53
Stay In Bed Grand Mal 4:49
Flow Transister 5:59
She Bop Howie Beno 3:06
Water Boy Imperial Teen 1:36
Rock You Like A Hurricane Scorpions 4:14
Rock 'n' Roll Machine The Donnas 2:54
Beat You Up The Prissteens 2:36
Trouble Shampoo 3:21

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