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Jennifer's Body (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Karyn Kusama

Starring:
Megan Fox/Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried/Needy
Johnny Simmons/Chip
Adam Brody/Nikolai Wolf
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PLOT-CRUNCH
High school sexpot Jennifer (Fox) is killed by some poseur Satan worshiping rock band and then comes back as a flesh craving succubus. Her best friend Needy (get it…needy) played by hottie Amanda Seyfried is not taking it well…
THE LOWDOWN
Before I go down on this one I guess I should mention that I never saw JUNO and never will. You know how some movies get on your nerves just via the hype it got and everybody dropping loads all over it as to how “good” it was? Well that’s what happened with me and JUNO. You say JUNO, I say f*ck that movie, I’ll never see it. With that out of the way, I was pumped to see pole-humper turned screenwriter DIABLO CODY’s (I guess she kept her stage name) follow up to JUNO for two reasons: Megan and Fox. Much like at least half of the world’s male hetero population, I got a hard on for that trinket, and I couldn’t wait to see her as nude as possible while hoping for the answer to the eternal question: can she do more than lean over hot cars and flash that fine ass? It’s on!

I liked JENNIFER’S BODY. I didn’t love it I dug it. It had a very charming 80’s vibe to it that kind of reminded me of films like 976-EVIL and TRICK OR TREAT in its high school setting and schlocky execution. I’m pretty sure the film wanted to be HEATHERS, but no dice on that one. HEATHERS did it organically; this one tried so hard, that it fell flat, face first on its apron. For all its efforts, at the end of the kill, this was a lavish looking B movie with a budget, nothing more or less. Gal gets axed, comes back as a blood lusting she-cannibal bitch, let the good times roll. Personally, the initial premise worked me well. I was having fun with it all. You can rarely go wrong with a hot tramp going evil and using her sexuality to snare in her preys. And you really can’t go wrong when that dame looks like Megan Fox. Especially when she gives up a lezzy kiss (with Seyfried) in all of its extreme close up glory. Damn that panda is fine (too bad she knows it)!

Substance wise; the relationship between Fox and her ugly duckling friend (Seyfried ugly? Come on! She's f*cking model hot!) was fairly engaging and kept me hooked on some levels. Both actresses shared a swell chemistry and yes I did smile a couple of times due to it. Same thing went for Needy's thing with Chip (ably tackled by Johnny Simmons); their courtship felt very genuine - hence gripping. The feel of the piece also cranked my dial. The colors were vibrant, some of the shots mucho kinetic (Karyn Kusama of Girlfight fame showcased a good eye and lots of energy behind the camera) and the groovy pop rock tunes (yes I enjoyed Through the Trees by Low Shoulder) and heavy metal riffs rubbed me the right way (I like how the end credit song was Violet by Hole - good ditty). The acting was “on the money" too. Fox did what she had to do well (kind of born to play the role really – her range is still up in the air - i did buy her more emotional moments though) while everybody else shined, especially Amanda Seyfried who showed lots of courage with the role hence kind of wound up making it HER movie. Finally, some “dead time” aside, I thought the pacing was fairly tight, meaning I didn’t check my watch too often (maybe twice, not bad for a September release).

On the downside, the flick didn’t really go beyond its initial premise in terms of story or fully capitalizing on its gnarly premise. Some fleshing out would’ve been nice (then again this flick was so random and like 3 movies in one - not much room for development). Felt too basic to me. The dialogue had a tendency of becoming obnoxious as well. Some of the lines made me cringe in their “look how cool I’m trying to be” demeanor. Alas the opposite happened: when you try too hard – you’re not cool. You’re a jerk. Horror wise, apart from one tense scene that worked, this one was lacking, much like I lack in writing skills.Way too bashful to have any impact. You gonna do a film about some demon hoe eating boys? Embrace the kind of movie you are doing instead of pussy footing around trying to be everything else BUT that. Lastly, which goes hand in ass with my prior statement: the tone really got out of hand during the second half of the picture. It wanted to be hardcore horror and a sly comedy (with satirical and feminist flavors at that) all at once and it failed at being any of it. All over the place was the expression; me kind of bored by it was the result.

All in all I had a decent time with Jennifer’s Body – she didn’t swallow but she blew well and the effort was appreciated.
GORE
We get some intestine munching, opened up corpses, ghastly bites and lots of off camera boy killing. Too “off screen” inclined for my gore buds.
T & A
As you all know, Megan Fox’ nude scene didn’t make the final cut, so we’re left with Fox showcasing that ass in short skirts/tight pants and flaunting that cleavage like a primo, Olympic winner, cock tease. Amanda Seyfried’s undie stuff was dope; didn’t know she was THAT stacked and ready for war. Made my heart flutter…
BOTTOM LINE
JENNIFER’S BODY tried real hard to be lots of things and it should be said that the effort was esteemed by this twat. I'll take "trying" over LAZY filmmaking any day. As-is this body delivered a fun basic storyline and eye candy galore in its two female leads and sleek imagery. Solid acting was in the house as well and the soundtrack had me bumpin. Alas, the narrative was underdeveloped, the flick often didn’t know what it wanted to be and it tried so hard to be hip via its dialogue that I hurled in my Pop Corn a couple of times and called it butter. A decent time waster and self love fodder that was cleverer than the norm? Yes. But a horror/comedy with strong scares and good laughs? Or a satire with bite? NOPE! NOTE: I applaud anybody that ever PULLS OFF doing a feminist piece while working within the "lets exploit women" slasher mold. Jennifer's Body tried and it didn't pan out... tough act to nail. Arrow out to go watch the hockey game.
BULL'S EYE
Diablo Cody wrote the screenplay for the film in 2006, the same year she penned media darling Juno.

The title "Jennifer's Body" was taken from the HOLE song of the same name on the Live Through This album.

Look out for a cameo by genre icon Lance Henriksen.

The film was shot in Vancouver, BC.

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11:05AM on 07/28/2010
I liked this a hella lot more than I thought I would. The soundtrack is kick ass, and I loved the satanic band subplot...sigh..I'm a sucker for that 80's feel...
I liked this a hella lot more than I thought I would. The soundtrack is kick ass, and I loved the satanic band subplot...sigh..I'm a sucker for that 80's feel...
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6:15PM on 01/13/2010

I actually REALLY dug it

I wasn't expecting much...I did like Juno...but MAN is that movie overrated. I thought Juno was a cute movie, nothing more.
But i wasn't expecting much. Color me surprised. The movie was actually good, i think. Megan Fox was born for this role...okay she pretty much played herself. My theory is that this movie was partially a autobiography about her. Do i think she can act? Not really...but i still thought she did alright in this film.
Amanda Seyfried stole the show. SHE is going
I wasn't expecting much...I did like Juno...but MAN is that movie overrated. I thought Juno was a cute movie, nothing more.
But i wasn't expecting much. Color me surprised. The movie was actually good, i think. Megan Fox was born for this role...okay she pretty much played herself. My theory is that this movie was partially a autobiography about her. Do i think she can act? Not really...but i still thought she did alright in this film.
Amanda Seyfried stole the show. SHE is going to go places, MARK my words! Although ugly my ass! She was HOT. I actually thought she was hotter than Megan.
I had a pretty good time with this movie. My main issues is that...it wasn't horror enough for my liking. It was TOO funny. I would have like more suspense or scares in the movie...But i never got tensed up ONCE. Diablo's dialogue got on the pretenious side...as usual. She is a great writer, but her dialogue REALLY needs work,
I felt the movie was trying to be TOO much like Heathers sometimes, but Heathers did it better.
Overall i liked it.
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3:48AM on 12/30/2009

Better than expected

Far from perfect but still really enjoyed it. Smart move making it more of Seyfried's film than Fox's (although she wasn't really that bad either).

I have a feeling that this will be one of those films down the line that more people will say is underrated. Give me more of these than say, Stepfather remakes.
Far from perfect but still really enjoyed it. Smart move making it more of Seyfried's film than Fox's (although she wasn't really that bad either).

I have a feeling that this will be one of those films down the line that more people will say is underrated. Give me more of these than say, Stepfather remakes.
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12:51PM on 10/13/2009

I Always Have Fun with Jen's Bod

First of all, I like the dialogue (in this and Juno). Why is Tarantino the only one who can use stylized dialogue and not get ripped for it?

This was funny, smart, engaging, and best of all, authentic. Despite the hip-speak, the kids, the school, and the town all felt real. Even Megan Fox wasn't bad. (Trying to pass her off as a high school student was the most ridiculous thing in Transformers.)

My only complaint is that it could have used more gore.
First of all, I like the dialogue (in this and Juno). Why is Tarantino the only one who can use stylized dialogue and not get ripped for it?

This was funny, smart, engaging, and best of all, authentic. Despite the hip-speak, the kids, the school, and the town all felt real. Even Megan Fox wasn't bad. (Trying to pass her off as a high school student was the most ridiculous thing in Transformers.)

My only complaint is that it could have used more gore.
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7:26PM on 09/26/2009

Worst.Movie.Ever.

Just saw this piece of CRAP. Oh my god, I was a hair's breadth from walking out of this movie.

The writing was AWFUL.

The acting (by Fox) was AWFUL.

The "lines" were AWFUL ("Got a tampon?" , "My TIT!")

And to top it all off, the dumb bimbo NEVER GOT NAKED!

If there was one, just ONE thing that would've made it worth the money I paid, it would've been to see Megan Fox naked. FUCK THE MAKERS OF THIS TOTAL PIECE OF SHIT MOVIE.

Fox's career had better be over.
Just saw this piece of CRAP. Oh my god, I was a hair's breadth from walking out of this movie.

The writing was AWFUL.

The acting (by Fox) was AWFUL.

The "lines" were AWFUL ("Got a tampon?" , "My TIT!")

And to top it all off, the dumb bimbo NEVER GOT NAKED!

If there was one, just ONE thing that would've made it worth the money I paid, it would've been to see Megan Fox naked. FUCK THE MAKERS OF THIS TOTAL PIECE OF SHIT MOVIE.

Fox's career had better be over.
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4:44PM on 09/21/2009
It's not great, but damn if its not occasionally entertaining. I particularly liked the whole satanic rock band plot device. If anyone thought the dialog was trying to hard in this movie, then don't even look at the piece of shit Juno was. I lost all faith in the academy when they gave Diablo Cody the nod for what was basically a mixtape of obnoxious myspace talk.
It's not great, but damn if its not occasionally entertaining. I particularly liked the whole satanic rock band plot device. If anyone thought the dialog was trying to hard in this movie, then don't even look at the piece of shit Juno was. I lost all faith in the academy when they gave Diablo Cody the nod for what was basically a mixtape of obnoxious myspace talk.
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11:09AM on 09/21/2009
Dug it.
Dug it.
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8:25PM on 09/20/2009

Didn't dig it

It was partially ruined by these dumb tweens in the theater and people talking. But that's what you get half the time in a theater. I liked Juno although nothing mind blowing and definitely overrated. Anyway I had high hopes for this movie as I thought the previews looked cool. In the end I thought it sucked. The movie just didn't do it for me, there was too many things that brought it down. It seemed quite disjointed at times. The dialogue was retarted and it was trying to be too hip.
It was partially ruined by these dumb tweens in the theater and people talking. But that's what you get half the time in a theater. I liked Juno although nothing mind blowing and definitely overrated. Anyway I had high hopes for this movie as I thought the previews looked cool. In the end I thought it sucked. The movie just didn't do it for me, there was too many things that brought it down. It seemed quite disjointed at times. The dialogue was retarted and it was trying to be too hip. I understand that's what it was going for, but I'd rather do without it. Nothing really happened in it and not enough gore. The best thing about it was Lance Henrikson at the end lol. I'd rather have seen this directed by John Fasano, then at least while Low Shoulder was singing that lame song; people could have been turning into demons.
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