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Alanis Morissette Dubs HBO Doc ‘Jagged’ as Salacious and Untrue

HBO's new documentary, Jagged, just made it's worldwide premiere -- but Alanis Morissette was noticeably absent. Now, she's speaking out and criticizing the doc.
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Don’t expect Alanis Morissette to show any support for HBO’s new documentary about her!

After not showing up at the premiere in Toronto, the singer-songwriter tore into the doc. She’s calling it “salacious” and “not true.”

HBO’s New Documentary, Jagged

HBO’s Jagged documents Morissette’s rise to fame, and centers on the release of her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Her first album released worldwide, it made Morissette one of the most popular artists in the ‘90s. It solidified her spot in the world of alternative rock.

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The album remains popular even to this day. It has sold over 33 million copies worldwide and has seen two re-releases. There is even a Broadway musical based on the album.

With all that popularity, it’s no surprise that HBO commissioned a documentary to re-examine the artist’s life and career at the time. But Morissette is more than just unhappy with the final product. In fact, she’s accusing HBO of misleading her over the direction the film would take.

Reports that Morissette would not attend the Toronto International Film Festival screening of the movie were already swirling ahead of the premiere. Alison Klayman, the director of Jagged, acknowledged that the singer-songwriter might not show. She spoke to Deadline the day before the TIFF premiere.

“Of course, it would have been great if she could be here with us,” Klayman said. “But I’m so grateful for all the time that she did put into making this film.”

Alanis Morissette Accuses HBO of Misleading Her

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It looks like Morissette isn’t grateful for what Klayman did with the documentary. She spoke out against the documentary, labeling it salacious and untrue.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Morissette claims that she was “lulled into a false sense of security.”

She attributes this partly to being interviewed during a bout of postpartum depression during COVID-19 lockdowns, which was “a very vulnerable time.”

And while she agreed to participate in the documentary as a celebration of Jagged Little Pill’s 25th anniversary, she now says that it was not the story she had hoped to tell.

Director Klayman knew that Morissette was unhappy with the film, following a private screening. She doesn’t believe it has anything to do with differing visions for the film.

“It’s a really hard thing to see a movie made about yourself and I think she’s incredibly brave and her reaction when she was it was that it was a really — she could feel all the work, all the nuance that went into it,” Klayman said the day before the premiere, according to Deadline.

Jagged made its worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The film does not yet have a premiere date on HBO.

Alanis Morissette fans will no doubt still watch the documentary, regardless of the artist’s statements. Still, it’s worth noting that Morissette seems a little more than dissatisfied with the end product. And, she doesn’t believe it showcases the story she intended to tell.

The Full Statement From Alanis Morissette

Read her full statement below:

“I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of Jagged Little Pill’s 25th anniversary and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown). I was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film. This is when I knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged. This was not the story I agreed to tell. I sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted. I have chosen not to attend any event around this movie for two reasons: one is that I am on tour right now. The other is that, not unlike many “stories” and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, this one includes implications and facts that are simply not true. While there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure — I ultimately won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”