Friday, August 25 - Saturday, September 2, 2023

Jawbreaker was unlike other teen movies that year (with their Shakespeare remixes, apple pie love scenes, and shady bets), which is perhaps why, despite negative reviews and a chilly box office reception, it went on to amass a cult following. It’s a film that parallels its namesake candy just a little too well: The shiny outer surface shocked viewers when it was released, but time has eroded its layers to reveal a film that was wildly ahead of its time in terms of aesthetics, fashion, music, and sexuality.” — Entertainment Weekly

“1999’s answer to ‘Heathers’ stars some of The WB’s finest, Ms. Noxzema and Judy Greer bravely taking on a role with two goofy names. Deeply unsettling and beautifully trashy, JAWBREAKER is the teen drama I love, the teen drama I hate and the teen drama I would vote for prom queen because it killed all the other competition. Good luck getting that Imperial Teen song out of your head!”

-Staff Pick by Asha P., Director of Films

Screening as part of our series Staff Picks Summer-Fall 2023.


  • Country USA
  • Year 1999
  • Running Time 86 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Sony
  • Director Darren Stein
  • Cast Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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