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Jennifer's Body
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01.11.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Karyn Kusama

Actors:
Megan Fox
Amanda Seyfried
Johnny Simmons

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young girl unwillingly gets possessed by a demon and has to feed on human flesh to stay alive. Her best friend's on to her though, and hopes to stop her before she eats her way through all the guys at school.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It was only a matter of time before I had to sit through this bad boy (or bad girl I guess) and see just how good or bad it really was. But before I let THAT rat out of the cage, let me start by expressing my distaste for Diablo Cody. I didn't watch Juno and why the hell would I, a flick trying to romanticize teen pregnancy? No thanks. As far as dialogue goes, Cody's script is horrendous. Seriously people, who read this shit and signed off on it as a suitable portrayal of teenage banter? It was my understanding that a serious script is only as good as it's dialogue, I guess I was wrong. That or this script was read and green lit on a rushed Friday afternoon or hung-over Monday morning. It's that bad.

The underlining story DOES have a bit of merit. I loved the waterfall bit, with the "twirling into limbo" theme, it was a nice touch. There were shades of a "cool set of elements" from time to time, but they felt rare and far too short. I have no love for the over hyped Megan Fox, and despite the fact she has the intelligence of a squished grape, I can't blame her dull performance totally on her as it was her dialogue (not her CGI gore-face) that sent shivers down my spine. Amanda Seyfried was the sole reason I stayed interested. I dug her character transformation, the opening enigma and the totally satisfying ending her character delivers.

The unrated gimmick/feature is exactly what you think it is here with only a couple minutes between run times that make no real difference whatsoever (if you were hoping for that rumored Megan Fox frontal shot, you’ll be sorely disappointed). Horror always sizzles on Blu-ray and you’ll get no complaints from me in that regard as this baby looks very slick from head to toe.

What's ultimately entertaining to me about JENNIFER’S BODY is that this film was meant to shine a light down on Fox, but instead the show is totally stolen by Seyfried. Even more interesting is how Jennifer was indeed a victim, but due to her bitchy flatness and forgettable character, we (the audience) have ZERO sympathy for her (I suppose the fact she was eating people didn't help her cause, but still). The only person I actually gave a shit about was Needy, and as far as her presence in the film is concerned, I was a happy camper. But because the story was inadvertently centered around Fox, I found myself overly disappointed. This film could have been gold if the script had a competent writer, but sadly, we got a script drenched in Diablo Cody's putrid stench and it shows. I'd like say that maybe Hollywood will learn from this, but we all know that's not going to happen.
THE EXTRAS
Commentaries: There are two commentaries; one for the theatrical version and one for the (couple minute longer) unrated version. Though the film is virtually the same, the first one features the loathsome Diablo Cody (very full of herself and seriously annoying) and the second (which I preferred) is with the director only. That said one was definitely enough.

Deleted Scenes: This thirteen minute montage plays out more like extended scenes that don’t add much to the existing material. At the very least there’s a bit of nudity for those angered by the lack of Fox rack.

Gag Reel: Two minutes of not so funny footage. I can’t help but smile at the sight of Lance Henrickson though; he’s a welcome addition to any horror film.

Jennifer’s Body: The Dead Pool: Here we get a look into the gruesome deaths and insanely creepy makeup Fox wears. The unfortunate part is we have to hear it from Diablo Cody.

Video Diaries: This one’s twelve minutes of random video footage shot during the making of the film. Megan’s good at pretending not to like all the extra attention.

Megan Fox is Hot: A one minute tribute to Megan Fox’ hotness. What can I say, she IS hot.

Megan Fox “Peer Pressure” PSA: A very short (40 seconds) commercial about peer pressure featuring Megan Fox. Fox seems like the sort of chick who was totally a victim of peer pressure as a kid.

Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Writer Diablo Cody: An horrible half hour with Diablo Cody as she explains the method behind her madness. Please kill me now.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers as well as a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There’s enough here to merit a watch, but it’s impossible to ignore Diablo Cody’s presence in the writing department. This may not be so much of a problem for some, but for me it was huge. Cody’s got no business writing in Hollywood and as such, this film is strictly a rental.

Extra Tidbit: Forget Jennifer's Body, I'd like to go a round or two with Seyfried's body!

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