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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Jawbreaker

Starring: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart
Director: Darren Stein
Rated: R
RunTime: 87 Minutes
Release Date: February 1999
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Julie Benz, Judy Greer, Chad Christ, Carol Kane, Pam Grier, Marilyn Manson

Review by MrBrown
3 stars out of 4

Glam gals Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan), Julie Freeman (Rebecca Gayheart), Marcie Fox (Julie Benz) and Liz Purr (Charlotte Roldan) make up _the_ clique at Reagan High. That is, until a birthday prank goes fatally wrong, and Liz's slot is left open. Enter Fern Mayo (Judy Evans Greer), the geekiest girl in school. After Fern finds out the truth about what happened to Liz, ringleader Courtney offers the social outcast a makeover and popularity beyond her wildest dreams--in exchange for her silence. Hence the barely noticed disappearance of Fern and the much-noticed arrival of the one-named Vylette, a blonde, self-proclaimed bitch who threatens Courtney's crown as the school's "it" girl.

As Julie so eloquently tells Courtney regarding Liz's jawbreaker-induced death, "You can't hide the truth with a makeover!" The same can be said of writer-director Darren Stein's black comedy, which is a mishmash of elements from _Heathers_, _Clueless_, and _Very_Bad_Things_. But its derivative nature aside, _Jawbreaker_ is a darkly fun romp, thanks to Stein's witty script and stylishly energetic direction (Fern's Frankenstein-like transformation into Vylette is a nicely surreal touch) and, especially, McGowan's deliciously wicked turn as the ruthless ice queen Courtney.

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