Jawbreaker

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan) leads a band of elite girls through the halls of high school, even guiding them through the murder of one of their own! Shayne amd her gal-pals accidentally kill one of their friends during an innocent birthday prank. Instead of being honest, they try to cover up the deed, and end up making the poor victim seem like something she wasn’t. During the course of all this, a nerdy girl happens upon the scheme, and Shayne bribes her with popularity, and she keeps quiet. But for how long…

As the girls get deeper into the scheme, tempers flare, and no one knows who to trust. The police send agent Vera Cruise (Pam Grier) to try to break the case, and Vera seems to sense there is more to this case than meets the eye. The movie has a strange feel to it, almost a disturbing edge. The movie has a snappy, upbeat soundtrack, and bright, vibrant colors, but the mood and tone of the film drag us through the darker side of life. This contrast between the look/sound of the movie and the tone make the film very interesting.

While it’s not exactly the next Citizen Kane, it is a very well-planned out movie, and the included director’s commentary reveals some of the smaller details out in to help further the tone and message. The commentary is very good, but Darren Stein sometimes seems like a film school grad just happy to be making movies, which is not bad, but he does get dazzled by his own work a little too much. All in all, this disc is pretty good, with a commentary, trailers, and a fantastic feature. If you don’t like darker edge comedy though, steer clear of Jawbreaker.

Video: How does it look?

Wow. That’s right, wow. The colors are the main focus of the visuals, and this print is marvelous. No bleeding, and the colors almost leap off the screen they are so vibrant and alive. No remnants of artifacts or grain either.

Audio: How does it sound?

The dialogue volume seems lower than usual, but the music blares. Not sure if the theatre version was the same way, but I don’t remember it being that way if it was. Aside from that, the soundtrack, while much louder, is carried off very well. Not a great mix, but it quietly gets the job done.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Theatrical Trailers, Cast Bios, and a Director’s Commentary. Pretty good stuff, not as much as I would have liked, but a commentary always scores with me.

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