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Jennifers Body (2009)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 44,751 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror
  • Release Date: 18 September 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min | 107 min (unrated version)
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  • IMDb page: Jennifers Body (2009)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 44,751 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror
  • Release Date: 18 September 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min | 107 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Devil's Kettle Falls, Minnesota, USA
  • Budget: $16,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $16,195,523(USA)(15 November 2009)
  • Director: Karyn Kusama
  • Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody
  • Original Music By: Stephen Barton  Theodore Shapiro   
  • Soundtrack: I Can See Clearly Now
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Cheerleader | Virgin | Best Friend | Blood | Fire

Writing Credits By:

  • Diablo Cody (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Diablo Cody wrote the screenplay for the film in 2006, the same year she wrote Juno.
  • The first poster was unveiled in July 2008, at the San Diego Comic-Con. It showed Jennifer licking a drop of blood from her lips.
  • The filmmakers considered actual rock stars like Peter Wentz and Joel Madden for the role of musician Nikolai. The role eventually went to Adam Brody.
  • The title is from the song “Jennifer’s Body” by Courtney Love’s band Hole.
  • Promotional material for the movie was released up to 15 months before the release date.
  • A draft of the script was leaked online in early 2008.
  • Colin invites Jennifer to “Rocky Horror at the Bijou,” a reference to a student-run movie theater at the University of Iowa. Diablo Cody graduated from the University of Iowa.
  • In Diablo Cody’s previous film, Juno, fitness personality Tony Little is mentioned. In this film, a clip of Little’s show is featured.
  • To prepare for her role as a possessed living-dead teenager, Megan Fox lost around 15 lbs, bringing her weight down to a near-frail 97 lbs, and stayed out of the sun.
  • Jennifer’s surname ‘Check’ was initially intended only to be a place holder name. It comes from writer Diablo Cody using the phrase ‘check’ to express the filling of the various required roles, e.g “Jennifer – check, Needy – check” and so on. The name was never changed and features in the final film.

Goofs: Continuity: When Jennifer is lighting her tongue with the lighter, her hair is front of her ear in distant shots, then behind her ear in the close-up.

Plot: A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror? Full summary »  »

Story: Nerdy reserved bookworm Needy, and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy's male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend Chip.Written by The Massie Twins  

Synopsis

Synopsis: In the small town of Devil’s Kettle, Minnesota, the story focuses on two girls who are best friends. One of them is Anita "Needy" Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried), a blond-haired, nerdy, substantially unpopular, "plain jane" student. The other focus is on Jennifer Check (Megan Fox), a beautiful black-haired girl who is a cheerleader on the school’s flag team.

One evening, Jennifer has Needy accompany her to a local bar, where an Indie Rock Band named Low Shoulder is playing. During the performance, the bar catches on fire, and Needy and Jennifer just barely escape from being killed in the fire. Upon escaping, they are accosted by the band who seem to have made it out okay. However, Needy watches as the band members lead Jennifer to their van, before driving away, with Needy watching as the remains of the bar collapses to the ground in a fiery inferno.

Needy eventually makes it home where she finds a note from her divorced mother whom is working evenings. Needy calls her boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons), and explains about the disaster. However, she soon encounters Jennifer in her home: clothing torn, and bleeding. Things get even stranger, as Needy watches Jennifer tear into a raw chicken in her fridge and give an otherwordly roar at her, before spewing up a black substance all over the floor. Jennifer further terrorizes Needy when she throws her against a wall asking her if she is scared of her. Jennifer then runs out the front door leaving a bewhildered and frightened Needy behind.

The next day, the tragedy of the bar fire has captured the town, with many in the local high school feeling the tragedy. Key among them is the high school football captain, whom Jennifer leads into the nearby woods after school. Later on in the day, a teacher at the school finds the captain’s remains, and the town is rocked by the additional tragedy.

A month passes by, Jennifer begins to look a little pale and gaunt. As Needy watches, Jennifer catches the eye of the school nerd Colin Gray (Kyle Gallner), and asks him to meet her at her house.

The next evening, Needy spins time with her boyfriend Chip, while Colin goes to meet Jennifer… only to find her at a still-in-construction house in a deserted neighborhood. Chip meets Jennifer whom in an upstairs room of the underconstruction house which is lit by various candles. It is here that Jennifer suddenly transforms into a white-eyed humanoid creature kills and ‘eats’ Colin, as Needy has a shocking vision that causes her to panic as Chip makes love to her.

Needy leaves her boyfriend’s place, and drives away, only to encounter Jennifer walking like an animal across the road, before jumping onto her car’s windshield. Needy returns home, only to find Jennifer sleeping in her bed. Jennifer then kisses Needy, which turns into a hot make-out session, which causes Needy to verbaly snap over what is going on. Needy orders Jennifer to leave, but Jennifer instead confesses what happened to her on the night the local bar burned down….

In a flashback sequence, the band Low Shoulder drove Jennifer out into a forested area, in hopes to offer her as a Satanic sacrifice, in exchange for fame and fortune. During the band’s discussions, several wondered if Jennifer really was a virgin, and she said she was (in hopes that they would let her go). Using some instructions they downloaded off the internet, they spoke an incantation, before stabbing her with a knife, which was then thrown into a whirlpool off the nearby Devil’s Kettle Falls.

Jennifer further explains to Needy that she found herself still alive in which she wandered away from the site after they had left, and that led Jennifer to Needy’s place that night. Jennifer also confides to Needy, that when she is fully replenished with human flesh, she is indestructible. She demonstrates this by stabbing herself in the arm with a pocket knife, and Needy watches as the flesh immediately heals. Jennifer also tells Needy that on that same night after she left Needy’s house, she found a homeless derelict walking along a road in which she killed and ate him and then hid the body in the woods. Needy threatens to call the police, but Jennifer tells Needy that she will just deny everything that she just told her and on top of that, no one will ever belive such a story no matter how Needy tells it. With that, Jennifer jumps out of Needy’s second floor window and lands 12 feet on the ground, completely uninjured, and runs off into the night.

Now more worried than ever, Needy goes to the occult section of their school’s library, and begins to do research. Needy soon finds where the band went wrong. Because Jennifer was not a virgin, their sacrifice, though it indeed brough them fame and fortune, it has also turned her into a succubus; a female demon which causes her to feed on young men in order to keep her strength. Needy grows upset because of the upcoming Spring Formal, and how it seems that Jennifer could very well turn the dance into a blood bath. She informs her boyfriend Chip about this, but he is unsure about her theory.

Eventually, the Spring Formal comes about, and Needy goes there to meet Chip. Also in attendance is the band Low Shoulder, who have gained great fame and notoriety since that fateful night several months prior. As they take the stage, and Needy does not see Chip anywhere, she bolts from the auditorium. Also, during this time, we see Jennifer ambush Chip in the woods, telling him that Needy was having sex with Colin, and that was why she was so upset with his death. Jennifer and Chip start kissing, and they walk a little ways to an abandoned swimming pool.

Needy finds Chip in the water, where the demonic Jennifer has already bitten into him. Eventually, Jennifer and Needy argue, and Chip, with his last energy, stabs Jennifer through the stomach with a pool net’s handle before she escapes through a nearby window. Needy watches as Chip dies in her arms.

Later that evening, Needy, hell-bent on revenge, breaks into Jennifer’s room, where she and her former best friend scuffle. In their fight, Needy removes the "Best Friends Forever" locket from her former friend’s neck, and stabs Jennifer in the chest with a boxcutter, killing her in the process. However, the noise is heard by Jennifer’s mother (Carrie Genzel), who finds Needy crouched over her daughter with the bloody boxcutter.

Following this, Needy is taken to a mental institution. However, the scuffle with Jennifer resulted in her getting scratched and bitten. Supposedly, being bitten by Jennifer also caused some of her demon powers to be transferred to Needy… as well as her evil personality and attiude. Needy becomes vicious, ill-tempered, and anti-social with the orderlies and other residents. Isolated and abandoned by everyone she knows (nobody from her school, not even her own parents, have come to visit Needy at the hospital), she sets a plot in motion to escape.

After a scuffle with an institution doctor, Needy is isolated in a cell, but that night she manages to use her new demon powers to levitate herself to an overhead window, where she kicks it out with her near-superhuman strenght, before breaking through a nearby chainlink fence and escapes into the night.

As she wanders down a rural road, she finds a watery runoff (which is where the nearby Devil Falls empty outs into), along with the knife that was used on Jennifer. Needy takes the knife. Flagging down a passing vehicle, she tells the driver that she’s following a band, and that their last performance will soon occur.

As the end credits roll, we are treated to amateur video of the band Low Shoulder, checking into a fancy hotel after a concert, and candidly doing things in their hotel room (drinking, smoking dope, snorting cocaine, among other debauched things). Eventually, the scene is shown in cutaways, of the band being savagely murdered by a blurred figure which enters through the front door. We then see police crime scene photos of the dead band members strewn around the hotel room, with the sacraficial knife in the chest of one of the band members. The final image of the movie shows security camera footage of a pale and evil-looking Needy walking down the hotel corridor, away from the band’s room after killing all of them as revenge for what they did to Jennifer. Needy walks past a number of female band groupies as she walks out of the hotel.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Diablo Cody known as executive producer
  • Daniel Dubiecki known as producer
  • Mason Novick known as producer
  • Jason Reitman known as producer
  • Brad Van Arragon known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Megan Fox known as Jennifer Check
  • Amanda Seyfried known as Anita 'Needy' Lesnicky
  • Johnny Simmons known as Chip Dove
  • Adam Brody known as Nikolai Wolf
  • Sal Cortez known as Chas
  • Ryan Levine known as Mick
  • Juan Riedinger known as Dirk
  • Colin Askey known as Keyboardist
  • Chris Pratt known as Roman Duda
  • Juno Ruddell known as Officer Warzak
  • Kyle Gallner known as Colin Gray
  • Josh Emerson known as Jonas Kozelle (as Joshua Emerson)
  • J.K. Simmons known as Mr. Wroblewski
  • Amy Sedaris known as Needy's Mom
  • Cynthia Stevenson known as Chip's Mom
  • Nicole Leduc known as Camille
  • Aman Johal known as Ahmet from India
  • Dan Joffre known as Raymundo
  • Candus Churchill known as Nutritionist
  • Carrie Genzel known as Jennifer's Mom
  • Emma Gallello known as Little Jennifer
  • Megan Charpentier known as Little Needy
  • Jeremy Schuetze known as Craig
  • Valerie Tian known as Chastity
  • Emily Tennant known as Gossiping Girl
  • Karissa Tynes known as Other Girl (as Karissa C. Tynes)
  • Eve Harlow known as Goth Girl
  • Michael Brock known as Goth Boy
  • Genevieve Buechner known as Goth Girl #2
  • Adrian Hough known as Colin's Dad
  • Gabrielle Rose known as Colin's Mom
  • Michael Bean known as Priest
  • Bill Fagerbakke known as Jonas' Dad
  • Marilyn Norry known as Jonas' Mom
  • Lucas MacFadden known as DJ at Dance (as Cut Chemist)
  • Zoe Laliberté known as Candlelight Vigil Singer (as Zoe LaLiberté)
  • Chelsey Smith known as Candlelight Vigil Singer
  • Whitney Chow known as Candlelight Vigil Singer
  • Michael Orstad known as Candlelight Vigil Singer
  • Ronnie Robinson known as Orderly #1
  • Ed Anders known as Orderly #2
  • Roxanne Wong known as Patient #1
  • Diane Dutra known as Patient #2
  • Maya Toews known as The Creepy Hand
  • Andrea Baker known as Voice actor (voice) (as Andrea E. Baker)
  • Lisa Breitman known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Cathy Cavadini known as Voice actor (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)
  • Lanai Chapman known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Vicki Davis known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Jeff Fischer known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Aaron Fors known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Barbara Iley known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Caryn Johnson known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Jeremy Maxwell known as Voice actor (voice)
  • David Michie known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Levi Nunez known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Paige Pollack known as Voice actor (voice)
  • David Randolph known as Voice actor (voice) (as David J. Randolph)
  • Roger Craig Smith known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Joel Swetow known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Andreana Weiner known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Lennon Wynn known as Voice actor (voice)
  • Michelle Andrew known as Locker Room Girl (uncredited)
  • Megan Danso known as Girl (uncredited)
  • Lance Henriksen known as Passing Motorist (uncredited)
  • Kìer Mellour known as Candie (uncredited)
  • Dan Savoie known as Fire Victim (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Howard Berger known as special makeup effects and animatronics
  • Anneliese Boise known as special makeup effects hair department (as Annelisa Boise)
  • Jack Bricker known as special makeup effects hair department
  • Charmaine Clark known as first assistant hair stylist
  • Glen Eisner known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Mike Fields known as on-set key makeup effects artist
  • Mike Fields known as special makeup effects artist
  • Steve Hartman known as special makeup effects art department
  • Grady Holder known as dental prosthetics: Megan Fox, K.N.B. EFX Group
  • Grady Holder known as special makeup effects art department
  • Tanya Hudson known as assistant makeup artist
  • Monica Huppert known as makeup department head
  • Emma Jacobs known as prosthetics technician
  • Jim Leonard known as special makeup effects art department
  • Tony Matijevich known as special makeup effects art department
  • Gregory Nicotero known as special makeup effects supervisor (as Greg Nicotero)
  • Robert A. Pandini known as key hair stylist
  • Dirk Rogers known as special makeup effects art department
  • Veronica Torres known as prosthetics coordinator
  • Patricia Urias known as special makeup effects art department
  • A.J. Venuto known as special makeup effects art department
  • Kevin Wasner known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Kevin Wasner known as special makeup effects art department
  • John Wheaton known as makeup effects designer

Art Department:

  • Grady Holder known as dental prosthetics: Megan Fox, K.N.B. EFX Group
  • Grady Holder known as special makeup effects art department
  • Tanya Hudson known as assistant makeup artist
  • Monica Huppert known as makeup department head
  • Emma Jacobs known as prosthetics technician
  • Jim Leonard known as special makeup effects art department
  • Tony Matijevich known as special makeup effects art department
  • Gregory Nicotero known as special makeup effects supervisor (as Greg Nicotero)
  • Robert A. Pandini known as key hair stylist
  • Dirk Rogers known as special makeup effects art department
  • Veronica Torres known as prosthetics coordinator
  • Patricia Urias known as special makeup effects art department
  • A.J. Venuto known as special makeup effects art department
  • Kevin Wasner known as makeup effects sculptor
  • Kevin Wasner known as special makeup effects art department
  • John Wheaton known as makeup effects designer

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Fox Atomic (presents)
  • Dune Entertainment
  • Hard C

Other Companies:

  • EarCandy  sound post-production
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • EarCandy  sound editorial
  • Fueled By Ramen  soundtrack
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Hyperion Sound  music recorded and mixed at
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • North Shore Studios  thanks
  • Pacific Title  end titles
  • Paramount Production Support  thanks
  • Post Creations  foley recorded at
  • Runway  post-production
  • Shadowplay Studio  main and end titles
  • Simpco Camera Support  libra head
  • Soundelux  additional sound design
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • SportsBrandedMedia  sports product placement
  • Telescopic Camera Crane  technocrane
  • Widget Post Production  sound mixed at
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox Australia (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox of Germany (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E. (2009) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Showgate (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • FS Film Oy (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Imperial – Cinepix (2009) (Poland) (all media)
  • Odeon (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • K.N.B. Effects Group (special make-up effects and animatronics)
  • Technicolor Creative Services (visual effects) (as Technicolor Creative Services Vancouver)

Visual Effects by:

  • Austin Basile known as digital compositor
  • Ann-Marie Blommaert known as visual effects project manager
  • Dan Brittain known as digital compositor
  • David Chen known as digital artist
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Corey Coates known as digital compositor
  • Lee Croft known as senior digital compositor: Technicolor Beijing
  • Pete Dionne known as CG supervisor
  • Pete Dionne known as lead 3D artist: Technicolor
  • Christopher Elke known as visual effects producer: Technicolor Vancouver
  • Steve Elliott known as visual effects I/O: Technicolor
  • John Fukushima known as digital compositor
  • Phil Jones known as visual effects supervisor: Technicolor Beijing
  • Ciril Koshyk known as visual effects coordinator
  • Andy Lichtstein known as digital preview colorist
  • Robert Luo known as technical director
  • Philippe Majdalani known as digital intermediate assistant producer
  • Erik Nordby known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sean O'Hara known as digital compositor
  • Mitch Paulson known as digital colorist: EFILM
  • Jeremy Price known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Price known as visual effects artist
  • Ricardo Quintero known as digital compositor
  • Persis Reynolds known as visual effects executive producer: Technicolor Vancouver
  • Cat Rowe known as digital colorist assist
  • Vicki Silva known as digital compositor
  • Tomaso Tartarotti known as digital compositor
  • Patrick Thompson known as digital compositor
  • Joel Tong known as digital compositor
  • Benjamin J. Wylie known as CG artist (as Ben Wylie)
  • Matt Yeoman known as digital compositor
  • Jonathan Tex Levitt known as digital artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 10 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Canada 18 September 2009
  • USA 18 September 2009
  • Iceland 25 September 2009
  • Spain 25 September 2009
  • Argentina 29 September 2009 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 1 October 2009
  • Kazakhstan 1 October 2009
  • Russia 1 October 2009
  • Mexico 2 October 2009
  • Egypt 7 October 2009
  • Lithuania 9 October 2009
  • Netherlands 15 October 2009
  • Colombia 16 October 2009
  • Panama 16 October 2009
  • Belgium 21 October 2009
  • France 21 October 2009
  • Croatia 22 October 2009
  • Peru 22 October 2009
  • Brazil 23 October 2009
  • Turkey 23 October 2009
  • Finland 28 October 2009 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Philippines 28 October 2009
  • Czech Republic 29 October 2009
  • Greece 29 October 2009
  • Malaysia 29 October 2009
  • New Zealand 29 October 2009
  • Portugal 29 October 2009
  • Singapore 29 October 2009
  • Slovenia 29 October 2009
  • South Korea 29 October 2009
  • Ukraine 29 October 2009
  • Bulgaria 30 October 2009
  • Denmark 30 October 2009
  • Poland 30 October 2009
  • Ireland 4 November 2009
  • UK 4 November 2009
  • Germany 5 November 2009
  • Italy 6 November 2009
  • Norway 6 November 2009
  • Hungary 25 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 17 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 31 March 2010 (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Japan 30 July 2010

MPAA: Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. c_p_c from U.S.A.
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    It has been some time since I've written a review on this site, but Ifelt this movie and its current underwhelming performance at the boxoffice warrants some good press. "Jennifer's Body" is a veryentertaining film, and is sure to be one that many discover in its DVDrelease, which according to interviews, director Karyn Kusama hasmaterial she is anxious to release.

    Make no mistake, JB isn't an Oscar contender, then again, it's nottrying to be. It is attempting to throw the viewer into a world ofheightened teenage brutality, and in that it succeeded. Diablo Cody,who seems to draw a love her/hate her reaction from audiences, writes ascript that perhaps has one too many pop culture references or quirkyword choices. But, that is Cody's world. Why say someone is goodlooking when you can say they're "salty?" It may not make a whole lotof sense, but Cody captures "teen speak" in her dialogue and it is alot of fun to watch her characters say such unusual things with suchease and normalcy. Cody's writing is what separates this film fromother "evil-teen" horror films. Also impressive is when Cody is able tocreate some genuinely sincere moments between the characters amid theviolence and chaos occurring.

    This film does not apologize for its odd premise nor does it try tocompensate for it. JB plays it straight, recognizing the plot isentirely superficial. This premise doesn't hold the film back. The plotthrows enough fun details in the mix that drive this film forward,making it a fantastic platform for the starts of the film, obviouslythe cast and Cody's writing.

    About the cast: As Jennifer, Megan Fox is quite great! Not only doesshe have the looks to support her character, she creates a girl youlove to hate. Jennifer is the ultimate high school goddess, butunderneath the sexy exterior and projected confidence lies a torturedsoul…physically personified by the demon within her. Fox is sexy whenshe needs to be, but wrecked when it calls for it. One short scene haspossessed Jennifer, disgusted with herself, smearing makeup across herface in a very desperate fashion, desperate to hide her insecuritiesfrom the world. It is an impacting moment. Fox is another love/hatepersonality these days who draws just as much backlash as praise. Saywhat you want about her prior efforts, but Megan took charge of hercharacter and was creative with her.

    Amanda Seyfried stood against Fox well. Naturally, Fox is a force to bereckon with these days and Amanda, playing the gawky, nice girl whohides her beauty, holds her own. The girl can act, and also creates avery sympathetic and relatable character. She manages to create somevery humorous moments while being natural. Her admiration for Jenniferis quite clear and Seyfried manages to capture it nicely, withoutmaking the character seem obsessive.

    The guys in the cast, most who are present so Jennifer can have a meal,are each unique. Props to Kyle Gallner who disappears in his emo-gothrole. I had only seen him in the bland "Haunting in Connecticut." AdamBrody, who plays the lead singer of the band that sacrifices Jennifer,had a lot of fun with his role. He creates a character that is soselfish and evil, but seems like a guy who would be fun to have drinkswith…if you knew he didn't want to kill you.

    Finally, Kusama's direction is swift and competent. She captures thefilm well not overusing horror techniques and keeping the look of thefilm fresh. The film's soundtrack is also offbeat and unusual for thegenre, but is filled with some great music. The song sung by Brody'sband, "Through the Trees," has a great rhythm and lyrics. It's the sortof song that if actually released would undoubtedly be a chart topper.

    Is JB the best film you will see all year? No. Is it the worst as manyhave been claiming? Not by a long shot. JB is different. It's star hasbeen the center of a media obsession. JB is taking the brunt end ofthis. Behind the harsh criticisms of reviewers who seem to be shiftingtheir disappointment lies a very entertaining and well-made film,despite its subject matter being quite superficial. Forget what you'veheard against it, forget what you were expecting. If you like horror,Cody's style, clever films, character films or any combination of theabove go see Jennifer's Body. This film deserves a better box office. Ifor one would like to see more films like this made, and that will onlyhappen if people go see them. Make it happen ya'll.

  2. Jay Addison from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    When Jennifer's Body was first announced to me, I met the idea withcautious curiosity. The idea of Megan Fox playing an evil high schoolbeauty queen who eats the boys she seduces sounded… interesting, tosay the least. When the trailer finally emerged, I got excited.Seriously. The combination of thrilling and funny hadn't been exploredwell at the theater in a long time.

    Unfortunately, it still hasn't been explored well; at least not verywell. The movie understands what it's going for: a comic horror filmwith just enough gore and jumps to be jarring and plenty of wittydialogue to stay fresh. The problem is, the two don't seem to meldtogether very well at any point. It's hard to say whether this has moreto do with Diablo Cody's script or Karyn Kusama's direction; neither isat it's full potential here. Although, on recollection of the film, thetoo-random use of humor sometimes seems to have been the biggestproblem.

    But let's talk about what works. The leads are both very good. It wasMegan Fox who got lots of good buzz about proving she could actuallyact, but Amanda Seyfried really impressed me more with her edgy role.The performances of both are worthy of accolades. They bring honestyand realism to what could have become total caricatures, and theirperformances help paint the deeper themes of the movie quite well.

    Yes, there are deeper themes. It's not too hard to spot what Ms. Codyis trying to talk about here: The relationships girls have with eachother. The whole 'Frenemies' idea that so defines high school girls.It's an interesting concept to examine, and it could have made for atruly entertaining AND thoughtful film.

    But it simply isn't. While it wants to get there, it gets too lost intrying to be hip and current and 'alternative' to really become a film.And while the tension builds decently toward the finale, it all leadsup to a climax that… doesn't really climax.

    However, this is not to say Jennifer's Body isn't worth watching. Hell,I was entertained, and there are some sexy little scenes in there. Thedisappointment lies in thinking about what the premise promised, apromise that sadly wasn't quite fulfilled… 6/10 stars

    Jay Addison

  3. Chris Samperi from Salem, NH
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    Am I the only one that thinks Diablo Cody is a terrible writer? ThoughI did enjoy it, Juno was extremely overrated, and this piece of crapcements it for me. I hate Diablo Cody as a writer. Her contrivance andwitty attempt at being hip and relevant just doesn't fly. I will giveher credit for trying to look at dialog from left of center, but peopledon't talk like that….well except maybe Diablo Cody. But I didn't goto see a movie full of Diablo Cody's, I went to see a movie with movingcharacters you care for. If they die, I should care, which I didn't.and the "twist" ending made the Happening look like Citizen Cane, andI'm talking in this day and age where my future unborn children alreadyknow what rosebud is. It is still more of a reveal than this movie. Itwas a shame because there were same great actors in this movie andMegan Fox. Though I will give both Cody and Fox credit, because sheactually fit the dialog well, but it doesn't make me hate it less. Ifound myself bored, and bored in a horror movie is unacceptable. I'veseen some awful horror movies too, but never have I been this bored. Igave this movie 3 stars, one for Amanda Seifried, one for the (in myopinion) under appreciated Kyle Gallner, and one for the fewinteresting shots throughout the movie. Notice NONE for Diablo Cody!

  4. KieranCoughlan from Ireland
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    Clearly this is a movie that polarizes opinion, but I'd urge anyonewith a taste for black comedy to give Jennifer's Body a chance. Havingfinally seen it, I enjoyed myself so much that I was left a littlemystified that so many people seem to hate it.

    Let's be straight about this, Jennifer's Body isn't awards material,but neither is it trying to be. It's a deliberately cheesy and darklycomic movie that definitely harks back similar movies from the 80s.Some of the darkest parts of the movie had me stifling guilty giggles;that's good black comedy in my book.

    I thought the performance from the two leads was solid and enjoyable.Megan Fox played up Jennifer's sexiness, but gave her a subtleundercurrent of insecurity which gave tension to the character. AmandaSeyfried's Needy might not have been the cheerleader but was really themore settled and self-assured of the two characters.

    Friendships held since childhood can become somewhat ambiguous aspeople age. This movie captured that well. To me the kiss betweenJennifer and Needy really showed the low-key battle that was constantlyraging between them, one they weren't consciously aware of most of thetime.

    Funniest scene for me involved some extremely shallow hipsters involvedin some very dark dealings. Deliciously silly.

    So, in conclusion, give this movie a try. There's a strong chance thatyou'll have a very good time.

  5. James Meeley from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    "Jennifer's Body" is the kind of film that should remind us all that ittakes a lot more to be clever, hip and interesting, then merelyspouting a few modern slang terms and a sexy pout. They try to play upa campy teen angst kind of thing here, but it never rings true. It'smore like pseudo-angst, thought up by a focus group of Hollywood suits,that tries to play to what they think teenagers would find "cool," onlyto fail miserably in the attempt.

    The premise of this tale, is about how a teenage babe (played by MeganFox) is sacrificed to Satan, by a loser indie band in the hopes theymay be granted fame and fortune, only for her to become a flesh eatingdemon, because she wasn't a virgin when she was sacrificed. No, really,that is the basic plot outline here.

    The film tries to come off as an edgier mix of "Mean Girls" and"Scream," but ends up as merely a putrid pile of trash, that is way tooself-absorbed and into itself, and comes across as thinking it is waymore clever and hip than it actually is. Most teenage horror-comediesare an extremely superficial affair, but this one is shallow at BEINGshallow. There's nothing here beneath the surface at all. No insights,no meaning, no message. Heck, there's no real laughs or scares, either(unless you count the row of 18 year-old guys up in front of me, whogiggled at the make out scene with Fox and Seyfried). Like some vapidteen pretty girl, the film never looks out of it's own self-inducedtunnel vision, thinking itself way too smart and cool, and the filmloses any chance to be relevant or entertaining. It's not just styleover substance, but a self-deluded and half-formed idea of style oversubstance. Why have a coherent story and plot? Look, Megan Fox isswimming naked in a lake! Isn't that just so awesome?! It seems littlethought was put into the script, direction, or anything else. It ismerely a vehicle for Megan Fox to look ultra-sexy (in that slutty wayshe usually does). No one ever bothers to go beyond this, as everyoneelse is just some stereotype or cipher character, used for the demandsof Fox's character, who looks like she has a totally vacant expressionthroughout the whole movie (the very same one you'll probably have,after you watch this crap). The only thing it goes to show, is that Foxis truly a horrible actress and is certainly not up to the task ofheadlining a film. It takes a lot more than a few cute slang termsbeing thrown around, and some pathetic attempt at controversy (with alittle girl-on-girl make out moment), to make a worthwhile story.Honestly, the thing feels like it was written by a couple of 13year-old boys, who got a look at their father's Playboy collection forthe first time, and thought this would be a great idea for a film. Itis just a blatant attempt to appeal to the "teeny-bopper" crowd, wholove films like "Twlight" and the like, and has absolutely no regardsto the intelligence of the target audience (or any other audience, ingeneral).

    This is, without a doubt, the worst movie I've seen all year. If thisdoesn't register on many a film critics and film fans "worst of" listsfor 2009, I fear for the mental sanity of the industry. "Jennifer'sBody" is honest as a title for this travesty of celluloid, though, asthe only thing the film ever concerns itself with is how "hawt" thetitle character looks. Unless you are a hormone-raging teenage boy,with Megan Fox as your ultimate fantasy plaything, avoid this dreck atall costs! Heck, even if you are one, you should avoid it, as evenhormone-raging teenage boys deserve to be marketed to better than this.

  6. Verity Gray from New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    However, if you don't care much for movies that appear to be inexistence for the sole reason of giving pubescent boys one and a halfhours of Megan Fox in various sexually referencing scenes, then give ita miss.

    I watched this film on a pre-release viewing, and I did not know whatit was I was in for until I saw the films' title across the screen.

    'Jennifers Body' appears to be a dark comedy. There are humorous partsthat are related to some sort for sexual innuendo or blatant sexual act(such as the charming description of Jennifer, played by Megan fox, whohad to sit on a bag of frozen vegetables after losing her 'backdoorvirginity.') But there are good suspenseful horror moments I mustadmit. There were a lot of screams from the girls in the theater, duemostly to what I call 'cheap scares', the typical "I know someone isgoing to jump out now, I'm just waiting for it" scare. Yet, the bloodand gore was convincing, and I have to say that the scene whereJennifer appears in her best friends house covered in blood, giving ademonic blood filled smile and spewing out black goo WAS pretty goodhorror. As this scene was in the first 10-20 I thought we were in for areasonably good movie. Meh. Not really.

    The acting wasn't bad. But you could tell that Megan Fox loved everysecond of being semi-naked or sexually flirtatious on screen. Hercharacter was the 'hot chick' who could woo anyone with the flutter ofher eyelashes. Yes, we all know she is attractive, but every second ofthis film was like "HEY GUYS! LOOK AT MEGAN! ISN'T SHE HOT!" It got oldpretty quick. And Adam Brody was terrible. You'll see why.

    Yes, there were demons AND the mandatory lesbian scene with Megan Fox.Contrasting I know. But apparently, that's what the people want, solets give it to them! A little insulting to say the least.

    To be honest, a pretty disappointing script from Diablo Cody,especially after Juno, which was witty and clever.

    Overall, 5/10. I would not pay money for a ticket and petrol to gowatch it at the cinema, but probably would borrow it off a friend towatch if they hired it. Cheap thrills. Watch it if you want to tune outand not think for 90 minutes. Average, average, average.

  7. Sebastián Zavala from Peru
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    Predictably, the only reason I went to see Jennifer's Body was becauseof Megan Fox. Not because I think she's a great actress – she's donenothing to prove this – but because… well, it's Megan Fox. The onlyreason why she was "discovered" by Michael Bay and put in theTransformers movies was because she's hot, and that's precisely theonly reason why she was given her first starring role with Jennifer'sBody. Because, really, although she isn't particularly awful – I'veseen worst performances in porn movies – her performing skills don'tdeserve as much attention as she has been receiving. Yes, thatbasically means she doesn't give a very good performance in Jennifer'sBody. And to be honest, that's something of a disappointment – beforewatching the movie, I had a little bit of hope that the reason why Foxhad given such horrible performances in the Transformers movies wasMichael Bay's inability to direct actors. After watching this movie,though, I concluded that Fox is nothing more than eye candy – whethershe's directed by Bay or Martin Scorsese, she'll always give a badperformance.

    The film tells the story of teenager Needy (Amanda Seyfried), whosebest friend is the ridiculously hot Jennifer (Megan Fox). The formerhas a somehow timid but likable boyfriend, Chip (Johnny Simmons) whilethe latter loves the fact that she can sleep with whoever she wantswhenever she wants. One night, Jennifer takes Needy to a bar to watchthe semi-popular rock band Low Shoulder. The lead singer (Adam Brody)gives Needy the creeps but Jennifer likes him. After the show isabruptly ended by a fire, the group takes her to their van and theydisappear… Needy fears the worst. Next day, though, Jennifer appearsto be all right. It turns out that, instead of dying a pretty horribledeath, she was turned into a demon who has to eat boys in order tomaintain her hotness.

    I understand what Diablo Cody (screenwritter of the fabulous Juno)tried to do. Instead of crafting a straight-forward horror story, shetried to write something a little more humorous and a little morequirky, but the problem with this approach is that the movie doesn'treally know what it wants to do. At times, it can be hilarious -because the filmmakers are providing with a joke or gag or someweird-ish, quirky line -, while at others it can be unintentionally -and awfully – funny. And when it tries to be scary, it utterly – andsomehow embarrassingly – fails. You'd have to be either a very smallboy or girl or a very frightful person in order to be scared by themovie.

    Although the aforementioned Fox is not very convincing as Jennifer -okay, that's unfair; she is convincing when portraying the mega-hothigh-school girl because she's basically playing herself; it's when sheturns into a boy-eating monster that things become laughable -, therest of the cast are pretty much all right. Because Amanda Seyfried -who was delightful in the underrated Mamma Mia – can act, Fox'sperformance seems even more artificial than it already is. What's more- Needy is virtually the only believable character in the whole movie,which is a blessing considering she's the main one. Johnny Simmons isalso very likable as Chip – his eventual fate was the only scene in thefilm that got me emotionally involved with what was happening on screen- and a very small supporting performance by J.K. Simmons – as a schoolteacher – is as memorable as things get in this film.

    Those who want to watch the movie to catch a glimpse of a naked MeganFox are definitely going to be disappointed. Although there's plenty ofgore, guts and language, Fox never gets naked. During a weird skinnydipping scene, her nude body is hidden from view by tricky cameraangles and other techniques, and the only really sexual scene in whichshe gets involved – not even Fox can make cannibalism hot – is alesbian kissing sequence with Seyfried. Can't say it's not a hot scene- because it is – but it somehow seemed tame for today's standards.Really, though, these are only very small problems which I could haveforgiven had the film worked as a horror flick – the main problem withJennifer's Body is that it's neither scary nor laugh-out-loud funny.

    Having seen and appreciated Juno, I was expecting more from screenwriter Diablo Cody. This is a case of a very successful – and from whatI gathered from her previous movie, talented – screen writer trying todo something different and failing. Yes, her intentions were reallynoble, but the end result – being, in this case, a motion picture – isnothing short of a disaster. While Amanda Seyfried tries to give herbest – unlike Fox, she doesn't embarrass herself -, the rest of theproduction is so mediocre I can't believe someone thought it was worthreleasing in theatres. If Jennifer's Body was a way to prove thatDiablo Cody could write a successful horror film, it failed. And if itwas to prove that Megan Fox was something more than eye candy, then italso failed. And really, Fox isn't that hot either. For my money,Seyfried is a million times prettier, and she has the advantage that,unlike Fox, she can act.

  8. MovieFanGuyy from MovieTown, America
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    Jennifer's Body, which stars current it girl Megan Fox, and Mamma Miastar Amanda Seyfriend, is my pick of the worst film of the year so far.

    The Oscar winning writer of Juno, Diablo Cody, is back with her secondscript, the very UNfunny Jennifer's Body. While her snappy dialogpropelled her first feature to box office success, and an Academy Awardfor her script, her second feature, Jennifer's Body, shows that so far,Cody seems to be a one-trick pony.

    MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD: Jennifer is a teenage cheerleader who gets pickedup by some devil's worshipers and become a demon who eats the guys wholike her. The whole thing plays like a bad horror comedy. Fox can't actand has a great difficulty portraying anything remotely believable asthe lead. She's nothing more than eye candy here.

    Amanda Seyfriend fresh from Mamma Mia and the hit show, Big Love, isfar better as Jennifer's best friend, appropriately named Needy.

    The ending, while a shock, sets things up for another film, and I hearda lot of whining from the audience by the time the credits rolled.

    My advise, wait for this one on DVD, save your money for a bettermovie.

  9. eddieglass from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    First of all let me say that I love this movie. Yes I used the word"love". I love the actors, I love the location, I love the look of thefilm, and I love Diablo Cody. I can understand all the people who don'tlike Diablo Cody's writing because she uses "hip" language and thingslike that, but that is in fact why I love it! For the film nerds outthere, No, I did not go to film school. I like many different types ofmovies. I like all the same movies you like, and then probably a lotyou don't. But the difference between you and me is that I canappreciate a movie for what it is.

    We can all agree that Jennifer's Body is not going to win the Oscar forbest picture….SO WHAT!!! I love it anyway, and here is why.

    A script can only be so good on paper. It really does need great actorsto take the film to the next level, and thats just what happened withthis movie. Jennifer's body does start out with a good script. Yesthat's right, I think Diablo Cody has a great and unique style ofwriting…ooooooooooooo, get over it. Amanda as the character Needy isfantastic. She is a great actress with a lot of talent. Megan Fox isalmost too beautiful to be real, and that really helps the character ofJennifer stand out. She is improving as an actress and the movies sheare in are meant to be taken as fun. Not some film like Citizen Kane.The character Chip is great along with the goth kid Colin. These twodudes play great awkward teenagers. The teacher played by J.K. Simmonswas cool. The sex scene with Needy and Chip was (for the most part)unlike the typical "Hollywood" sex scene. It was real and funny. Themovie has great direction from Karyn Kusama. And how about the make outscene with Needy and Jennifer?! that was crazy HOT. Low Shoulder werehilarious as the indie band that try to sacrifice Jennifer to thedevil. Adam Brody was great and the fact that the band goes to suchgreat lengths to get popular only shows how fake indie bands areanyway. They just want to be rich and famous like other rock stars. Idon't know what else to say, I could go on forever. I hope Diablo Codygoes on to write more scripts and i hope they get made into greatmovies because she has a fan for life right here. Thats about it Iguess. I love Jennifer's Body!!!!!!!!

  10. Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania
    30 Mar 2012, 7:34 am

    Winning an Oscar for a first film is a perilous position for ascreenwriter to be in, for with adulation comes high expectation, andwith high expectation comes hype that is almost always self-defeating.Such is the case with "Jennifer's Body," the sophomore script fromDiablo ("Juno") Cody, which takes an uncomfortable union of concept,content, and direction (by Karyn Kusama), and transforms it into a filmI really WANTED to like, but in the end couldn't. Marketed as a hip,self-aware horror flick, it never delivers much beyond the norm of thegenre (it follows firmly in the tradition of Kevin Williamson, who gaveus "Scream" and "The Faculty" over a decade ago), and passages ofheartfelt emotion are shortchanged for ridiculous horror segues (anindie band sacrifices a virgin to make a pact with the Devil, forinstance) and Cody's own contrived linguistic quirks. The quirks workedfor "Juno," which told a dramatic story populated by fully realizedcharacters and peppered with moments of bittersweet humor. "Jennifer'sBody" almost succeeds based on the strength of its central duo: thetitular cheerleader (Megan Fox) and her bespectacled, dorky BFF, Needy(Amanda Seyfried), who undergo serious issues when Jennifer becomes aliteral man-eater; the bond between them is so palpable and effectivethat it almost saves the film when it goes off into the realm ofbloodshed and digital trickery. If Cody's script can't find a balancebetween the horror, the humor, and the pathos, director Kusama steersthe film even more erratically, resulting in a tone that remainsunsettled until the very end. Ultimately, "Jennifer's Body" has itsshare of visually arresting moments and fine performances (particularlySeyfried's), but it has much less to offer than its obvious (and farsuperior) influences: Jacques Tourneur's (and Paul Schrader's) "CatPeople" and the "Ginger Snaps" trilogy (which took the metaphoricalmonstrosity of puberty and its own clever dialog into much moreexciting territory).

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