Jawbreaker in 35mm

Jawbreaker in 35mm

25th Anniversary cast and filmmaker reunion! Pre-screening conversation with writer-director Darren Stein and actors Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz and Judy Greer, moderated by Trixie Mattel.

25th Anniversary cast and filmmaker reunion, moderated by Trixie Mattel!

Existing somewhere between high school classics Heathers (1989) and Mean Girls (2004), Darren Stein’s twisted teen crime-comedy about it-clique The Flawless Four and a birthday prank gone wrong premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and has since ascended to cult status. Encino native Stein infuses his second feature with LA-specific locations and references, including a shout out to the famous-for-being-famous Angelyne, and pays loving tribute to cinema’s past; Rose McGowan claims to have based her portrayal of Courtney on Gene Tierney’s obsessive Ellen in Leave Her to Heaven (1946), and the prom finale pulses with the pressure of Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976). With cameos from Marilyn Manson, Carol Kane, and Pam Grier and a soundtrack featuring Veruca Salt, The Cars, Transister, The Donnas, and Imperial Teen, Stein’s quippy script skewers the compulsive longing embedded in high school politics and stretches the 1990s concept of “Girl Power” to its most sociopathic extreme.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Darren Stein. WITH: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer. 1999. 87 min. USA. Color. English. Rated R. 35mm.
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