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Jennifer's Body

A movie released September 18, 2009

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Clever Wit and Good Humor Make it Worthwhile

  • Sep 19, 2009
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In my review of Megan Fox I made no secret about my pessimism toward Jennifer's Body.  I thought to myself, "It doesn't really look like it'll be all that good."  But then I realized that the one who wrote the film was Diablo Cody.  She wrote the screenplay for Juno and went on to win the Academy Award for it--deservedly so.  Juno was known for it's quirky dialog and quick wit.  Jennifer's Body will probably be known for the exact same thing.  In short, Jennifer's Body is a good film because what it does it does very well.  Some will label it a horror movie, but deep down it's really a black comedy and satirical in its exploits.  In short Jennifer's Body is good because it doesn't take itself seriously and doesn't ask the audience to take it seriously either.  This is what makes the movie fun to watch.

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Jennifer's Body is a film which centers on every guys fantasy to have Megan Fox eat them to death.  At least that would be a simple summary of it.  Rather Jennifer's Body centers on two girls in particular.  The story is of Jennifer (played by Megan Fox--I imagine all the guys in theater popped major wood with each moment she was on screen) and her friend "Needy" Lesnicky (played by Amanda Seyfried).  No, I'm not kidding.  Her name is Needy, but it's a joke in and of itself.  They've been childhood friends in which Jennifer is the hot cheerleader all the guys want while Needy is the nerdy, plain and ordinary girl who Jennifer keeps around so that she looks even better.  Needy's boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons) is quick to point out that Needy would do anything for Jennifer even though Jennifer treats her like shit.  "No I don't, we just like the same things," she tells him.  Chip is then quick to point out that they have nothing in common. 

The two go to a concert one night to check out an Indie Band and in the middle of the show, the bar catches fire.  Several people in the town (aptly named "Devil's Kettle..." get it?) are killed in it and the band gets out safely.  But they take Jennifer.  So Needy has to go home without her.  But when Jennifer shows up in the middle of the night at Needy's house... she's very different... and bloodied up.  We soon learn that Jennifer really isn't herself and that she has been "feeding" on boys to keep herself looking good.  There's more at the heart of it all, and most of it is quite predictable, but it's clear that above all else, the movie is actually pushing forward much more of its comedic essence than anything else.  Will Jennifer's Body scare you?  No.  It won't even make you jump--unless you're already a rather twitchy guy who would jump at the sound of a loud fart.  No, Jennifer's Body isn't scary nor will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Luckily, however, screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama are well aware of what they're working with.  Jennifer's Body is definitely a black comedy.  In every sense.  During some of the more gruesome moments of the film you'll be hit with quirky dialog and clever witted dialog.  At some points you don't know if to feel horrible for the characters or laugh at them... even while they're being devoured by Jennifer.  It's silly and doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest... but that's actually while the movie is so fun to watch--and ultimately what makes it good.  Those expecting a serious horror movie are out of luck.  There are definitely horror elements but in the end you'll find the film lacks any sort of thrills whatsoever.

Along those lines, it also means that perhaps the last thing you'll be complimenting Jennifer's Body on is its acting abilities.  Sure Megan Fox looks really good and I suppose she does a rather good job at playing the rather ditzy Jennifer, but she won't be particularly remembered for her stunning acting abilities here as she will her body in and of itself.  On the other hand Amanda Seyfried doesn't do a bad job if a performance is what you're looking for, although as I just said... you're certainly not going to be doing too much complimenting on the acting.  The actors themselves seem to realize they're in a movie that isn't meant to be taken seriously as it is.  In the end what you'll leave Jennifer's Body with is a healthy of dose of quotable lines and good humor more so than anything else.

That's not to say nothing about the film bothered me.  In the first place there are a couple of small plot holes.  We can fill them in ourselves but at certain points the movie just doesn't give us much to work with (such as how Needy sees a vision of Jennifer during sex... what the hell was that all about?).  The plot is silly in and of itself... but complaining about the plot being silly would almost be like complaining that an apple taste like an apple.  This is because even during the film's more gruesome moments we're still being hit with quirky dialog that makes us laugh. 

Last thing of note is the soundtrack itself, which happens to have some really good songs and some really good moments.  So not only are you getting good humor and quirky dialog but you're also getting some good tunes that are appropriately put in there as well.

Is Jennifer's Body a good movie?  I have to say yes only because it gives you exactly what it wants to give you.  There are certain to be those who complain about its predictable plot and over the top moments... and others who will complain it's perhaps too quirky (but it doesn't try to be more clever than it is the way Juno often did) but in the end it might mean your expectations were actually higher than they should've been.  In the end the film is more a black comedy than anything else, and it gives us something a little different.  It's worth going to see for a good laugh, but unlike other films like say... Final Destination you're actually supposed to be sitting in the theater and laughing.

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October 04, 2009
I'm a little bored, so I may just go see this today....I'll let'cha know!
October 15, 2009
nope. I decided to skip and wait for it on dvd. Too many movies I need to buy this month...
 
September 29, 2009
Gah. I'm so torn because Megan Fox is crazzzzyyyyy (and NOT the best actress IMO). I'll have to check it out soon. Groan. Great review, though!
October 04, 2009
For what you get it isn't bad.  I'm not a big Megan Fox fan either (I'm actually still trying to figure out what makes her so attractive to the other guys... but then again, I did claim at one point that I find talent attractive...).  It's not scary at all, but if you're looking for a good laugh you might get it.
December 28, 2009
Followup: I recently took a plane across the country and this movie was on my list of entertainment choices. I watched it and was surprised I enjoyed it so much!! you Are right, it is a black comedy with some seriously hilarious one-liners. I found myself writing down lines to tweet about later (lol nerd). It was such a ridiculous movie - I can't imagine how fun it was to make and I can't believe anyone would take it seriously. It was so enjoyable to me that I seriously considered watching it twice on the flight, LOL.
 
September 22, 2009
Great Review, I'll have to check this out maybe this weekend!  I have to watch the premiere of Heroes tonight along with Sons of Anarchy
 
September 19, 2009
Wow great review. I can't to check this movie out!!
 
September 19, 2009
excellent write up! You had me at "...major wood" LOL! nice touch there, Sean. Sounds pretty fun, I'll see of I can check it out tomorrow. I know what you mean about horror movies turning into something funny, Zombies' Halloween 2 was the same way. Good to see some satiric horror goodness. Have you seen "Ginger Snaps" (the original)...takes the werewolf thing as a metaphor for puberty. It was real good.
 
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review by . January 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
You Can Do Better But You Can Definitely Do a LOT Worst!
   “Jennifer’s Body” is a black comedy-horror film directed by Karyn Kusama who has one good film under her belt with “Girl fight” and a less than impressive result with “Aeon Flux”. The screenplay is written by Diablo Cody, who surprised many with the award she received with “Juno”. As a horror film, “Jennifer’s Body” would fail in the eyes of horror fans because the movie is extremely flawed; but to those who like …
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2011
Here's yet more predictable, hackneyed excrement fed to a generation who should know far better than to swallow and enjoy it. From the mouth of talent-free Megan Fox, Diablo Cody's cringe-trigger dialogue is as stupid as anything in existence, her narrative customized for brain-dead teenagers who can't comprehend a plot that isn't supplemented by copious exposition and flashbacks. This is as trashy, vapid and artless as American films come these days, failing to qualify as either …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The only thing good about this movie was Megan Fox the story sucked
review by . September 21, 2009
Title: Jennifer’s Body   Director: Karyn Kusama   Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1   Studio: 20th Century Fox    Genre(s): Horror    Rated:         (For sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use)             There must be over thirty horror films that are released each year. Of those thirty I can usually barely muster up the need to …
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Jennifer's Body
 is a 2009 black comedy horror film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. The film stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried,Adam Brody and Johnny Simmons. Fox portrays a newly-possessed teenage serial killer specializing in killing her male classmates as her best friend strives to stop her. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2009.The title is a reference to the song of the same name by Hole on their album Live Through This. As a tie-into the film, Boom! Studios produced a Jennifer's Bodygraphic novel, released in August 2009.

Working with Cody again following their collaborative efforts on the film Juno, Jason Reitman stated he and his producers "want to make unusual films".Cody said she wanted the film to speak to female empowerment and explore the complex relationships between best friends.

The film had a disappointing performance at the North American box office, making $2.8 million its opening day and $6.8 million its opening weekend, and received mixed reviews from critics; where negative reviews classified the film as lacking the intensity needed for "true horror" and desperate to be a cult classic, positive reviews praised the film for its "occasionally clever" ...

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Genre: Horror, Comedy
Release Date: September 18, 2009
MPAA Rating: R

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