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Jennifer's Body

A movie released September 18, 2009

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Jennifer's Evil...And Not High School Evil

  • Sep 21, 2009
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Jennifer’s Body

Title: Jennifer’s Body
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre(s): Horror
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    (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 see just one. This year it’s “Jennifer’s Body,” which has been hyped beyond the usual horror film for two reasons. The first is that this is the follow-up film from Diablo Cody, who you may remember won an Oscar for her writing in 2007's surprise hit “Juno.” The second is because it’s a star vehicle for Megan Fox who...is supposed to be the next Angelina Jolie I guess. The movie revolves around Needy (Amanda Seyfried) who is the Plain Jane of her high school. Though she is plain she appears to have a good life, a boyfriend, and she goes on Girls Night Outs with her best friend Jennifer (Fox). Then one night Jennifer comes to her house covered in blood as a result of an underground band trying ti sacrifice her to Satan.

Well, I may not be the expert on slasher films, but try as I may that’s the most interesting demon creation explanation I’ve heard recently. It’s still stupid, but at least she wasn’t turned into a vampire (there’s only so many of those bloody things I can take each year). So Jennifer now kills people. Particularly boys. She kills them by ripping open their stomachs and feasting on their intestines. And keep in mind a woman wrote this screenplay. An Oscar-winning woman. So the next time I hear any of you girls claim “boys are so gross” I want you to watch this movie and tell me how much grosser they could possibly be. Oh wait, there’s the “Saw” movies. Never mind. Anyway, the movie plays out almost as you’d expect a horror film to, but it’s very diluted in any purpose as far as I can see.

Several scenes are very clever and funny, but they are too few and far apart to have a lasting impact. The killing ratio is very small compared to most horror films, thus not living up to the promise of the advertising campaign. The acting is also dreadful. I find it amazing that Megan Fox doesn’t have to do much to make a role like this work and she still finds a way to fail. Her acting is all flat and one note. Watching her act feels like watching a prep girl talk about her pink nail polish; neither enticing or interesting in the least. The standout is Amanda Seyfried who is given a nothing role but still manages to be likable. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s obviously plain but not over-dramatically unhappy, but I grew to like Needy. I wish her character was in a better movie.

In fact, I wish this movie was better in general. There are moments where the dialog is very funny and quirky. Enough moments in fact that some people may walk away with the impression that this is better then they thought it would be because unlike most horror films they actually enjoyed some of it. But the screenplay still doesn’t work. I was laughing at some points because the dialog was funny, but sometimes because it was bad. The story wasn’t anything special and most of the actors are just phoning it in. The best stuff truly involves the Satan worshiping rock band because it’s so original and unexpected. On a whole though the movie doesn’t live up to these brief moments, and we have a film that will make $20 million at the box office on opening weekend and then head straight for Blockbusters discount bin.


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September 29, 2009
I really like Amanda Seyfried (or Needy as you may call her). She's a good actress which is why I'm sure she pulled off the role, despite the script. You should check her out on Mean Girls, great movie by Tina Fey.
September 30, 2009
I have seen "Mean Girls." That was a movie I considered to be a big surprise. I was surprised by how smart it was. I think Seyfried has a career ahead of her if she can land the right role ("Mamma Mia" may have gotten her noticed but it was a nothing role).
 
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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 …
review by . September 19, 2009
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, …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I thought I was gonna hate Jennifer's Body. I didn't hate it. And for what it is (a B-horror), I actually thought it was alright. Say if the Sy-Fy channel made this film, it'd be the greatest thing they've ever done. I'm not gonna get too involved in the plot of this as, yeah, it's not the tightest plot to begin with and has many holes. But I must say that Megan Fox was pretty much perfect for this part. She basically didn't need to act to pull off her part so, yeah, this was the best performance …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The only thing good about this movie was Megan Fox the story sucked
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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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