YMMV / Jawbreaker


The movie:

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Courtney's responsibility for Liz's death is revealed to the school as she's crowned Prom Queen. All the girls begin pelting her with their corsages, screaming vulgarities at her and calling her a murderer as every horrible thing she's done in the movie has finally caught up with her. By the time she gets to the front of the gym, she meets Julie standing there with a camera.
    Julie: Smile pretty, Courtney.
  • Ho Yay: Fern/Vylette really comes off as a Stalker with a Crush towards Liz Purr. She obsesses over her, describes her as perfection and spends all her class time gazing at the beauty marks on the back of Liz's neck.
  • Hollywood Homely: Proven by her in-story transformation, all that made Judy Greer a.k.a. Fern/Vylette ugly was hair that needed some grooming and some non-flattering clothes.
  • Idiot Plot: To quote Roger Ebert: "Julie could end it all by speaking out, but she delays, because that would not be convenient for the plot." And the police officer who completely ignores the fact that a woman called the school and not some random male rapist. In defense to Julie, it would've been her word against Courtney, Marcie, and Fern/Vylette, and Julie didn't exactly have any evidence to prove Courtney was responsible.
    • Also, Courtney was a vicious little liar and manipulator . If Julie had gone to the police Courtney probably would've tried to spin the whole thing around and make it look like Julie killed Liz and threatened the others into compliance.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jeff Conaway as Mr. Fox, Marcie's father. Even as the sensitive father who watches Oprah and his perceived "corniness" (by Marcie, anyway), in his all too brief encounter with his daughter, he was completely right about her position in life (and in the movie).
  • Tear Jerker: Even with all of the movie's darkness and incomprehensibility, the scene where Julie sees Liz's ghost emerging from her pool is rather sad, especially for those who lost a friend in childhood.
    • The scene where the school learns of Liz's death would count, too.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: For the kind of movie it is, there are some very surreal moments. Like the scene showing Fern's transformation into Vylette immediately.
  • What an Idiot: Invoked in-universe, as this is pretty much Julie's reaction to Courtney upon learning she gagged Liz with a jawbreaker.

The band:

  • Awesome Music: "Kiss the Bottle", "Want", "Fine Day", "Shield Your Eyes", "Chesterfield King", "Boxcar", "Condition Oakland", "I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both", "Fireman"; the list goes on...
  • Epic Riff: Four whole albums worth, thankfully.
  • Face of the Band: Undoubtedly Blake Schwarzenbach.
  • Signature Song: "Boxcar".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The main reaction to Dear You upon its release in 1995, due to the slicker production and Blake singing much more smoothly in comparison to the previous three Jawbreaker records.
  • Vindicated by History: As mentioned above, Dear You wasn't received very warmly during its original release for a number of reasons; however, fans started reconsidering their views of it after Jawbreaker broke up. When Adam Pfahler re-released it in 2004 after successfully licensing the publishing rights from Geffen Records, the response was much more positive all-around.

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