In 1995, Rose McGowan starred in Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation as a superhumanly bitchy, dour sex goddess with a heart of darkness and a mouth like a sailor. McGowan has played that same role several times since then, each to diminishing returns, and she does so once again in Jawbreaker, a nasty black comedy whose relentlessly glossy exterior recalls both Araki and John Waters without the wit or smarts of either. McGowan stars as a mildly demented high-school senior who rules her school with an iron fist alongside fellow foxy human mannequins Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Charlotte Roldan. That is, until McGowan's clique accidentally kills Roldan, necessitating a cover-up witnessed by Daria-esque misfit Judy Greer, who then promises not to divulge their guilty secret in exchange for a makeover and a shot at big-time popularity. As a black comedy, Jawbreaker has one major flaw: It's not funny. True, a lot of dark comedies aren't exactly chucklefests, but Jawbreaker doesn't have nearly enough going for it to compensate for its dire lack of laughs. Writer-director Darren Stein seems to be aiming to mix Heathers-esque black comedy with trendy '80s high-school-movie nostalgia, but despite some nice stunt casting—Rock 'n' Roll High School star P.J Soles has a brief cameo as Roldan's mother—Jawbreaker mostly just succeeds at being pretty enough and short enough not to be boring. Speaking of the vastly superior Rock 'n' Roll High School, a pretty obvious inspiration, the girls' school is named Ronald Reagan High, a gag that wasn't funny when it was used in the little-loved sequel Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever. It certainly isn't any funnier here.

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