Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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It smells like Thai food in here. Have you guys been fucking?

— Jennifer

Jennifer’s Body is the follow up to screenwriter Diablo Cody’s Oscar winning, Juno. After watching some of her work on television with The United States of Tara and this, I have a feeling that she was just a one trick pony.

Taking place in Devil’s Kettle (how fitting of a name?), the story mostly revolves around Needy (Amanda Seyfried) spiraling into madness after what happened to her classmates months prior.

She recounts the good times that she had with her boyfriend, Chip (Johnny Simmons) and her best friend, Jennifer (Megan Fox). The girls are the unlikeliest of friends, she is nerdy girl and Jennifer’s the popular beautiful cheerleader. Everybody questions why they are hanging out together. She doesn’t see anything wrong with that.

One night when the girls are at bar, there is a fire. Lots of death and destruction. Needy is torn up about it, but Jennifer is cavalier about it. She goes into the back of the van of the band playing that night, Low Shoulder. Needy has a bizarre incident when Jennifer back at her house when she appears covered in blood and puking black sludge.

Needy notices a change in her friend. It turns out that Jennifer is not “high school evil”. She is possessed by soul sucking sex demon that is killing the boys in the school in order to keep up her exterior beauty. If she doesn’t feed, she would look like a hot ass mess.

There is a reason why Jennifer is turned into the demon. I will discuss that in the spoiler section of the review.

The reasons to see this movie is Amanda Seyfried. She is very good in the movie. Very convincing. There is also the signature Diablo Cody dialogue that saves the film from being total shit.

Megan Fox is not horrible in the movie. She was fine. I think she was better when she was in her bitchy dark humor mode. Everything else falls flat.

Judgment: This movie tries to be a 2000 version of Heathers. Fail.

Rating: ***

(SPOILER SECTION)

After Jennifer killed the Goth kid, Colin (Kyle Gallner), Jennifer appears in Needy’s bedroom. She explains what happened to her that night at the bar fire. Low Shoulder drives her to Devil’s Kettle waterfall to sacrifice her to the devil so they could be rich. They kill her.

That’s it? That’s reason why she is made into a horrible monster? Therefore, some douchebags with guy-liner could hit it big. What the fuck is that shit?

Lastly, there is the big showdown between Needy and Jennifer in Jennifer’s bedroom. When Needy is about to stab her in heart, she has to rip off the BFF heart locket beforehand. How cheesy is that?

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Posted on September 28, 2009, in 2009, Comedy, Dark, Horror, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. mcarteratthemovies

    I have to disagree with “this movie tries to be a 2000 version of ‘Heathers.'” That movie is an untoppable classic, and I don’t think that’s what Diablo Cody is after, anyway. I wouldn’t say that “Jennifer’s Body” is perfect, but it cleverly upturns a few horror movie traditions, particularly the girl-as-victim idea and reverses the Hottie Quotient (i.e., the brunette’s the sexpot, the blonde’s the shy dweeb). Plus, on principle I cannot dislike a movie starring Amanda Seyfried, perhaps my favorite young actress these days. She puts such depth into what could have been a shallow character that you can’t help but root for Needy.

  2. An enjoyable teen horror with terrific performances and a nice line in jet-black humor thanks to Diablo Cody’s excellent script. Nice Review, check out mine when you get a chance!

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