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Star - Megan Fox
Genre - Teen Horror
County - USA
Certificate - 15
Run Time - 102 minutes
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When the body in question is Megan Fox's you have my attention mate, one serious Hollywood siren. Problem is the is just too beautiful and sexy so you don't really fancy her if you are over 16, probably why the movie press has rejected her on mass and can't wait to rip into her when she tries to do something subversive with Hollywood cliché like Jennifer's Body, a film that didn't work for most, even though its sharp and witty and above the norm in a cheesy teen horror genre these days.
Directed by Karolyn Kasuma of Lesbian drama The L Word and written by the female creator of the adored indie film 'Juno', Diablo Cody, this is feminist horror flick through-and-through that takes no prisoners, men and the teen genre the targets. Naming the film after the song by rock slag Courtney Love completes the keep out sign for men.
The rough idea here is to blend the sassy acting and dialogue of Mean Girls with the blood red feminism of Ginger Snaps, the horror of high school and boys through the eyes of modern teenage girls. Boys never see what girls are really like as that wouldn't be very attractive and appealing, the girls on show here. They actually shave their legs every week, leave hairs in the plughole and they do fart loudly when you're not around.
Megan Fox ... Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried ... Needy
Johnny Simmons ... Chip
Adam Brody ... Nikolai
Sal Cortez ... Chas
Ryan Levine ... Mick
Juan Riedinger ... Dirk
Colin Askey ... Keyboardist
Chris Pratt ... Roman Duda
Juno Ruddell ... Officer Warzak
Kyle Gallner ... Colin Gray
Needy Lesnicky: Jennifer's evil.
Chip Dove: I know.
Needy Lesnicky: No. I mean, she's actually evil. Not high school evil.
Cheerleader Jennifer (Megan Fox) is the high school hottie and has the school by the balls. Her best friend from childhood, a pretty geek nicknamed Needy (Amanda Seyfried), goes along with Jennifer's outspoken ways just to stay friends. But when they go to a bar and Jennifer is abducted and raped out in the sticks by the house band, both of their worlds are literally town apart. Not only was Jennifer brutally raped and left for dead but it was by 'The Devils Kettle', a mysterious waterfall beauty spot that tumbles into a likewise whirlpool, not named after the devil for nothing, Jen transformed into a so-called succubus, a demon in human form.
Although full of vitality from her rebirth, Jennifer is now the living dead and needs blood to reenergize, soon ripping apart the local jocks, her attention to get revenge on the band one-by-one, lead singer Nikolai (Adam Brody) in her sights. Needy is aware of her best friend's scary transformation and, as yet, not lunch for her best friend. But Jennifer does have her eyes on Chip (Johnny Simmons), Needy's cute boyfriend, intending to gobble him up at the school prom. This, of course, means Needy will have to pick sides and the friendship no more.
A ranking of 5.1 on the Imdb is very strange here for what this film is. This is not a sub six out of ten movie in any way. I think the main problem is the people who went to seen it were expecting a dumb teen horror flick and got something far sharper and so didn't quite get it and so felt cheated by the feminist lean. The boys, on the other hand, rented it so to knock one out to Megan Fox, also disappointed as you don't get to see her naked, what you expected, although mild compensation through the obligatory girl-on-girl make out that is nearly always added to these teen exploitation movies by seedy cigar smoking studio executives to insure a profit. Two girls kissing are always sexy in a movie though and when one of them is Megan Fox you keep looking. Who will ever forget that shower scene in Cruel Intentions 2 when the two twin sisters make out in the water and soap! Boys, if you haven't seen that you really should. It's up there with Wild Things for sizzle.
What we end up from the writer and directors good intentions to make a smart and witty teen horror is Carrie meets Twilight. Feminism is calling the shots here and that means the boys are the butt of the joke and the girls getting the best lines from yet another emancipated female lead. The rape scene was not a surprise in a film directed and written by women, a tired feminist cliché.
Although it got universally panned by the critics its $16 million budget scraped a healthy return of $31million to date, not bad considering those early negative reviews. I suspect people who enjoyed Juno and the classy writers behind that wanted to support this film.
It really is hard to take your eyes of Fox on screen and a genuine Hollywood siren and along with some snappy dialogue and the good look to the movie I really didn't think this was as bad as they say. If you are a horror purist you will no doubt hate it but I would slot this firmly in the teen high school genre, as that's where the best jokes are aimed. And the writing is smart and the genre clichés played with and this film demanded a little more respect for its efforts than it got. Its perfectly fine teen horror flick.
Imdb.com - 5.1/10.0 (56,345 votes)
Metacritc.com - 47% critic's approval rating
Rottentomatos.com - 43% critic's approval rating
Daily Telegraph -' Jennifer is dead-eyed and impassive, but a good actress might yet have played her in a lively, knowing way. Fox's dead-eyed impassiveness seems all too much her own'.
Empire -'By tapping in to the same vein of 'hormonal horror' as the excellent 'Ginger Snaps', this offers a witty, subversive look at the darker side of teen friendship'.
This is London -' The premise - Mean Girls with demonic possession and a feminist subtext - is promising. But the film fails to deliver either laughs or scares in sufficient numbers'.
Movie Talk - 'Kusama and Cody don't fully succeed in making Jennifer's Body as clever as intended, but...they unleash some potent ideas and subvert the genre
The Mail on Sunday -'Jennifer's Body's parts aren't working, so in its bid to become a clever cult movie, it ends up looking like it's trying too hard
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I'd heard of this film before but never really known what it was about, nor was I particularly interested at the time of its release. I came across it again whilst browsing the other week and decided to give it a go after learning it was a horror. All things considered, it could have been worse, but it definitely won't reach my top 50 film list any time soon.
Jennifer's Body was directed by Karyn Kusama who has worked on a few things, though it's really only Aeon Flux that seems notable. This falls in to the horror genre, but the play on Jennifer does make it sound more of a pornographic flick than the cheesy teen bloodbath it attempts to be. We're introduced to Needy, a quietly reserved wallflower in comparison to her best friend Jennifer, a popular cheerleader that all the guys drool over. But it's Needy that has a boyfriend, whilst Jennifer works her way through the guys, flirting and showing as much flesh as you can get away with in high school. Needy is, well, quite needy in her friendship with Jennifer, almost idolising her at points despite how they have very little in common. The two best friends head for a night out at a bar to watch a band, and Jennifer is quickly wanting to work her charms on the lead singer, Nikolai. Unfortunately, the night doesn't go quite to plan, ending up with Jennifer in the back of the band's van and Needy going home alone.
When Jennifer turns up, something's changed. Needy knows something's not right and yet Jennifer doesn't say anything, instead attempting to act normally when they go back to school like nothing ever happened. As per the blurb, so I'm not giving away a spoiler, Jennifer seems to have turned in to a boy-eating monster, like something out of a twisted kid's fairy tale. One by one, classmates start turning up dead, and Needy becomes increasingly concerned about her friend-turned-monster and what lengths she will go to to stay alive by devouring boys.
The first thing I'll say is just how awful the premise sounds when you write it down. It really is like a bad fairy tale, very corny and very silly. It makes it an easy to watch teen style horror because there's little involved in the way of intelligence or plot twists, but it also makes it hard to believe or really care that much about. I wasn't surprised by anything that happened, so I wasn't really hanging on to see how things turned out because it was so predictable. Neither can I really say it added anything new or exciting to the genre, meaning it wasn't a film that stuck out in my mind or made me think twice about it after I'd seen it.
The film itself had a fairly good quality feel to it, mainly in terms of the quality of the scenes and casting, so it didn't feel like a low budget movie. It seemed to have a well-rounded feel to it, but the premise seemed too weak and thus dragged the film down. There was some blood and gore to keep horror fans happy, some flesh and flirting for Megan Fox fans, and nothing too interesting or intelligent for those who want a little nap half way through.
The cast includes Amanda Seyfried (Needy), Megan Fox (Jennifer), Adam Brody (Nikolai) and Johnny Simmons (Chip) amongst others. Like I said, it's a decent cast that would make you think it's going to be a decent quality film, or at least one worth a watch. Unfortunately, I didn't think the acting was really up to much. Seyfried was good in her role as Needy, the ironically needy friend and yet intelligently reserved woman that doesn't get enough credit in Jennifer's shadow. Jennifer, on the other hand, seemed very one dimensional and didn't come across as being either believable or like the high school student she was supposed to be. Worst of all was probably Nikolai, played by Brody, which is a shame because I usually find him to be okay. In this, however, he seemed to be very stereotyped, bland and not believable. So, we have a few characters that you don't believe in, a script that's predictable, scenes that are too stereotyped, and a premise that's too silly to care about.
Would I recommend? Not really because I'm struggling to find any redeeming points for it other than Seyfried's role and the fact that it was easy to watch and kept me relatively entertained for just over an hour and a half. Having said that, there are far worse teen style horrors out there so at least this had a good quality feel to it even if it won't win high praise from me.
DVD released 2010, running time 102 minutes, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £3.14
Juno, the first screenplay from Diablo Cody was like a breath of fresh air. Although some didn't like its rather languid pace, most loved the whip-smart dialogue, its convincing use of (incomprehensible) teen-speak and the likeable characters.
For her follow up, Cody turns to comedy horror. Like Juno, it is set against the backdrop of high school and focuses on the growing pains of adolescence. Unlike Juno, which was very much grounded in the real world, Jennifer's Body sees a pretty high school student possessed by a demon, which literally turns her into a man-eater. Only her best friend "Needy" knows the truth, but can she stop her?
Before we start: a word of warning. If your sole (or even primary) reason for watching this film is because you have seen those pictures of a topless Megan Fox emerging from a lake that were leaked onto the internet and want more, then stop right now. This is not a flesh-fest and you will only end up being disappointed. In fact, although sex and raging teenage hormones are a major theme of the film, there is no actual explicit nudity.
It's always said that second films/books/albums are tricky and so it proves for Cody. Juno was appealing because it took a bunch of likeable kids and looked at how they might cope with growing up and the sudden invasion in their lives of adult issues (teen pregnancy). The real world setting and sassy teens made for an appealing film which was funny, serious and intelligent in equal measure. With its more supernatural themes, it's harder to take Jennifer's Body quite so seriously and the characters lack the same appeal.
True, Cody shows once again that she has a keen ear for teen dialogue and the high school vernacular her kids spout seems both impossibly cool and undeniably vacuous (often at the same time). Yet this time around, it also seems a little more forced, as though Cody is trying self-consciously to mimic the success of Juno and putting a little too much effort into being cool; and as we all know, you can only really be cool if you don't have to try. Still, there are plenty of exchanges or put-downs that will make you laugh, together with some crushingly accurate observations on teenage years and society more generally.
If Cody nails high school humour and the trials and tribulations of growing up, she struggles with the horror-comedy element of the film. Horror-comedies are always notoriously difficult to pull off, and it's tricky to get the mix between the two elements right. The list of ones which have worked is a lot shorter than those which have not. Sadly, Jennifer's Body is destined to join the longer of those lists.
As so often happens in this genre, Jennifer's Body is likely to end up disappointing both camps. Although there are a few bloody moments, these are few and far between. For most of the film, we are shielded in some way from the actual attacks and see only their aftermath. This is not what most horror fans want. Similarly, there are very few scares those which do exist are fairly obvious relying on horror clichés to make people jump. Again, regular horror fans will have seen it all before and find this very tame stuff.
Similarly the comedy element is patchy; relying mostly relies on withering verbal put-downs bandied between characters. Yet, these are unevenly spread through the film and are almost completely lost by the film's mid-point as the attention shifts more towards action and plot (sort of). Jennifer's Body has a rather uneven tone to it, and whilst there is much to like, it all feels a little stretched and forced (even with a reasonably short 93 minute run time)
Acting-wise, things are fine, if unremarkable. Inevitably, Megan Fox attracted all the headlines, with everyone drooling over the posters and those internet pics. Fox is fine, but Jennifer's Body is not exactly a massive test of her (questionable) acting ability. Essentially, she is mostly required to stand around looking pretty, wearing increasingly skimpy costumes (something the script relies on a little too much). On the plus side, she shows she can do high school bitchy, with a number of finely delivered put-downs, but we're not talking anything special that we've not seen before.
Instead, it's Mamma Mia! (shudder) alumnus Amanda Seyfried who shows the better acting chops and emerges as the real star of the film, carrying much of the narrative on her shoulders. Seyfried does an excellent job as the slightly nerdy Needy, best friend with the coolest girl in the school. Needy never descends to high school stereotype, comes across as more of a typical teenager and something of a walking contradiction: shy yet self-confident, caring but bitchy, awkward yet graceful. Seyfried does an excellent job of conveying all these attributes, whilst proving a likeable lead to boot. In truth, Jennifer's Body doesn't' have that many high points, but Seyfried is one of the few.
Cody "regular" J K Simmons pops up in a fun cameo as a one-armed school teacher who thinks he is "down with the kids" and much amusement is gained from that - it's just a shame that he is used so sparingly. The rest of the cast are adequate if anonymous and once again are a little too reliant on high school clichés, although Johnny Simmons is rather sweet as Needy's boyfriend.
Ultimately, after all the fanboy internet hype, Jennifer's Body turned out to be a bit of a let-down. Lacking the wit and intelligence of Juno or the scares and gore of a proper comedy, it ended up being a non-event. It's not a complete disaster, it's just far, far less than we expected.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Running time: approx. 93 minutes
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Comparing any one to a Nazi is rarely a good idea (just ask Jon Gaunt), but when that person is the director of two of the highest grossing films of the past 10 years, it's an even more misguided adventure. Perhaps if you were a stranger and you shouted this abuse as your victim passed by you would get away with it. However, if you were the leading lady of the films then kiss goodbye to your role. This is exactly what Megan Fox was forced to do after allegedly calling Transformers director Michael Bay a member of the National Socialist Party. The once hot star has turned ice cold in the world of Hollywood after her recent change of looks and role in Jonah Hex (by far the biggest flop of summer 2010), but the problems began earlier with the failure of Fox star vehicle 'Jennifer's Body'. Did this film deserve to be buried, never to rise again?
School pals Jennifer and Needy are not the most likely of chums. Jennifer is the bitchy cheerleader, whilst Needy is the bookish girl next door. However, in small town America you stick with the friends you have. When a big city metal band come to town the girls sneak into the gig, but unbeknownst to them the band are looking for a virgin to sacrifice so that they can become huge stars. Although Jennifer talks big they still think she's a virgin, big mistake. What happens when you sacrifice a non-virgin to Satan? The men folk of Devil's Kettle are about to find out.
The level of pedigree on show with 'Jennifer's Body' should make you feel pretty secure that the film will work. Diablo Cody was fresh off the back of winning the Oscar for 'Juno', Amanda Seyfried is popping up everywhere after her break through role in 'Mama Mia' and Megan Fox was the hottest girl in Hollywood. However, look a little closer and things start to unravel. The rest of the cast are unknowns and director Karyn Kusama proved she could make strong female characters with 'Girl Fight', but that she could also make absolutely abysmal films with 'Aeon Flux'. Unfortunately, for all involved in 'Jennifer's Body' it is far more Flux than Fight.
There are several elements that are wrong with the film and they are pretty much spread evenly amongst all those involved. Diablo Cody is clearly a fan of horror films and she has proved that she can write a decent film, but does the same type of pitter patter language seen in 'Juno' work twice? The dialogue is actually quite fun, but not grounded in the real world. I don't have any personal knowledge of school age American girls, but I bet they don't talk like in a Cody film. It is the story itself and the tone that Cody has really failed. It is a linear plot in which not much happens. It then fluctuates from being a dark comedy into be quite a depressing look at shared grief. I find it hard to chuckle along when a film dwells on grief. The dark tone worked in the likes of 'Donnie Darko', but the misplaced humour seemed naïve to me.
Next up is director Kusama who aggravates the problems with the tone by lingering on grief and darkness, then jumping to an irreverent scene. 'Heathers' was a similar film, but that was able to balance shades of light and dark. Kusama is also unable to hide some of the lower budget aspects of the film and when the special effects are introduced they all feel a little tacky.
The final part of the blame must go to Fox. I thought that Seyfried and the rest of the cast did a good job in the film, but it was Fox's film to carry and it highlights everything that is wrong with her. She is attractive to look at, but any interest pretty much stops there as she incredibly bland and dry - she makes the likes of Scarlett Johansson look animated. As a screen presence I almost feel that she has a look of contempt towards the audience as if she deserves to be on there. Just because you have a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe does not mean that you will ever emulate her. I have the feeling that Fox's career will go the way of Lindsay Lohan's in the next few months.
With a poor central performance and a tonal imbalance that tries to make abject misery amusing, 'Jennifer's Body' is a misfire. Only Seyfried comes out of the film with reputation intact as the combined relative inexperience of star, writer and director join to make a film that is not funny, not scary and in parts depressing.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried
Price: Amazon uk £9
Deleted scenes are the major extra on the disc, but why prolong the agony of watching the film?
Jennifer's Body is a dark comedy/ horror film that was released in 2009. The regular version of this film is 102 minutes long and the uncut version is 107 minutes long. Jennifer's Body is rated 15 due to strong language throughout, bloody violence and sexuality.
Jennifer and Anita 'Needy' have been best friends since they were children even though they are complete opposites. Jennifer is one of the hottest girls in school and Needy is a bit of a geek. Hearing that an indie band with a hot singer is coming to town, Jennifer drags Needy along with her to a bar to see them play. When the bar burns down and loads of people are killed, Jennifer gets into the bands van and heads off without Needy. Later that night, Jennifer turns up at Needy's house, covered in blood and looking like hell. Not only does she look terrible, she starts to spew some strange black stuff all over the floor then ransacks the fridge.
The next day at school, Jennifer seems to be back to her usual self and Needy begins to forget that anything happened. When boys mysteriously begin to go missing and Jennifer turns up without her hair or make up done, Needy begins to question her friendship and what actually happened on the night of the fire.
Jennifer - Megan Fox
Needy - Amanda Seyfried
Chip - Johnny Simmons
Nikolai - Adam Brody
I hate to say it but there was something about this film that I actually liked. I was really expecting to hate every minute of it but the beginning was really good and it was what convinced me that this wasn't a terrible film the whole way through. The build up of Jennifer and Needy's friendship was done really well even though I couldn't decide whether or not Jennifer was being a genuine friend or just using Needy. Until Jennifer got into the van, I wasn't quite sure what was going on with the band but after that point, it was quite obvious.
Adam Brody was such a surprise for me in this film and I don't think he was used enough. Comparing him in this film to previous roles like in The OC, I was quite shocked to see him play someone so creepy and weird. Ok, so he didn't actually use his own voice when it came to the singing but it isn't like I care what he sounds like. Playing someone completely opposite then what he is used to proved to be a good thing for him. I have read that Pete Wentz was thought of for this part but I think he would have been too well known and quite an obvious choice.
The guy that I lived with in Canada made me watch Transformers a stupid amount of times so it is only natural that I don't like Megan Fox all that much. I guess I don't understand what all the hype is about with her because I cant see the attraction myself. I don't think that she is an amazing actress, far from it actually but she did do an OK job in this film. How hard can it be to play an over skinny, shallow teenage girl though? I thought that she fulfilled her role well but I don't think that it was all that challenging to begin with.
I didn't feel like the sex scenes or the suggestive naked scenes actually needed to be included. I get that a big part of the target audience was teenage/ young adult males and showing a bit of Fox's skin was bound to get them to watch this film but I didn't think that it added anything or enhanced any part of the film. The sex scene between Needy and Chip was definitely not needed and it kind of grossed me out a little bit.
After the great beginning, I actually thought this film was going to be better than I had first imagined. Unfortunately, it ended up getting extremely silly with Jennifer spewing out some crazy black stuff and sounding like a Velociraptor while she was at it. This film is never going to be classed as a real horror film because it just wasn't scary. There aren't even any small jumpy parts. That one scene that I just referred to pretty much ruined any hopes of this being scary at any point.
Overall, this film isn't really scary, only a bit gross and it isn't really all that funny. However, there was still something that I couldn't help but like but I think that was mostly down to the beginning and Adam Brody in eyeliner. Only an OK film.
Jennifer's Body DVD (NO SPOILERS)
Having wanted to see this film for a while I decided to rent it to see if it lived up to my expectations. This film was drawn to my attention after seeing a trailer in the cinema and seeing that it was produced by the same people who made Juno (Diablo Cody) and also had a good soundtrack behind it!
The cast for the film included two well known actresses: Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox. As well as well known OC actor Adam Brody. Amanda Seyfried plays Needy a character that has a lot more depth to what you first realise in the opening of the film contrasting hugely to her previous roles in Mamma Mia and Mean Girls! Megan Fox plays Jennifer, the "IT" girl in a stereotypical American high school the kind of character you would expect Megan Fox to play well. Adam Brody plays Nikolai the lead singer of a band whose popularity grows throughout the film again another contrast to his previous roles.
The film is classified as a horror although it is not particularly scary but is very jumpy at times.
The film tells the story of how Needy has ended up in the mental asylum that she begins the film in. Although some areas of the film do seem far from reality what films these days do not have this. The storyline focuses on Needy and Jennifer and their relationship with the school population after their town experiences a devastating tragedy. Although there are many American stereotypes in the film I still think it is a must see. The soundtrack to the film is great and was one of the reasons that I did want to pick up the film and this certainly did not disappoint.
I thought the film was one of the best horror movies I have seen in a while. I enjoyed it particularly as it was not as predictable as they generally are these days and it was also funny at times which brought it back to real life a bit. Although there were clichés running through it such as; the times where its dark and someone's out side but I'm in a horror movie so I'm going to leave my phone on the side and not turn on the lights. This can be forgiven as I suppose they just have to be. The storyline was very gripping and even though I had previously seen the trailers for the movie I still couldn't predict what was to happen. It was also a good laugh in parts!
I did not know much about this film prior to watching, therefore i did not any preconceptions or expections. I thought i was sitting down to watch a horror movie, however i was pleasantly surprised to find elements of humour.
The concept behind the film follow's the protagonist, Needy and her recollections as to why she has ended up in a mental asylum. Through her narrative, the audience witnesses her high school year and the events which have lead to her incarceration (notice i don't want to give any plot spoilers away).
I have to say though, the plot is fairly predicatable and it does go from the sublime to the ridiculous in regard to how believable it is to see Jennifer's plight.
If you do exercise your suspension of disbelief, however, then i think you may be pleasantly entertained by this film. It's not too scary, or too heavy (although it is quite gory - but i think even the sqeamish would be ok, it's mostly just a lot of blood rather than gruesome mutilation!).
The humour did actually make me laugh out loud on several occasions, for example Needy's boyfriend's mother warns him to be careful and descibe's the last boy to be murdered as looking like "lasagna with teeth". I laughed anyway.
I think Amanda Seyfried was excellent in this film, a complete polar opposite to her role in Mamma Mia. The role demonstated her ability as a versatile actress and she did play well against the other lead of Megan Fox - even if their onscreen friendship was a little farfetched. However there are a LOT of things in this film which are quite hard to believe.
All things considered, i'd suggest you give a quick look at a synopsis (i'm very aware of spoiling movies for people so i really don't like to give things about the plot away in my reviews because i know how annoying that can be). I'm not a hardcore horror fan, therefore i really enjoyed this film because it didn't leave me feeling terrified. It amused me and i felt that it was a decent way to spend 1 hour 40 mintues of my life.
Finally, the soundtrack was great and lended to the teenage/college atmosphere of the film perfectly.
Also seeing Adam Brody playing creepy in contrast to his loveable geeky role as Seth Cohen from the OC was also an interesting watch.
Jennifer's Body follows the story of unlikely best friends nerdy Needy (Amanda Seyfried) and cheerleader Jennifer (Megan Fox). After a fire burns down the local bar, Melody Lane, Jennifer starts acting strangely...she starts eating people. Needy needs to find a way to stop Jennifer before she hurts anymore people.
Directed by Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux) and written by Diablo Cody (Juno).
To be brief, I did not enjoy this movie at all. The plot is not particularly awful, it is what I would expect from a slasher movie but the execution is so poor. The writer, Diablo Cody, seems very confused whether or not it should be a comedy or a horror. Cody is perhaps slightly overrated after Juno, and here she falls flat on her face in my opinion. There are some witty one liners in there but the tone of the film is trying to be dark then light then dark...Jennifer's Body misses the mark with both the comedy-horror genre and the straight horror genre.
You don't really get to see any killing, just loads of blood on Fox's mouth. It was rated a 15 so I expected a bit more horror for my money. Jennifer's Body verges on boring a lot of the time which is a bit poor for a comedy/horror/thriller...whatever it is supposed to be. It's just rubbish to be honest, you can work out what happened to Jennifer pretty quick. The film starts with Needy in a mental institution/prison thing and then goes back to the start of all the craziness with Jennifer, so you know Needy doesn't die, which takes away any wonder and tension.
Megan Fox is the star of the show here and once again she shows that she has no acting ability. She is hired purely for her looks and if, like me, you don't rate her appearance then there is nothing to like about her performance. The role of Jennifer wasn't exactly hard to play-be a b*tch, the end. But Fox lacks conviction in everything I have seen her in, she pouts and that is acting to her.
On to Amanda Seyfried...Mamma Mia did not make me a fan of Seyfried, I found her very annoying but in this movie she is much more tolerable. Put her in a pair of goofy specs and she looks ten years younger, magic. She brought a lot of emotion to the role, more than I expected given the wooden role of her co-star. At least someone put a bit of effort in.
The rest of the cast I was unfamiliar with bar Adam Brody and J.K. Simmons. Brody basically plays an evil version of his role as Seth in The O.C. He's good at nerdy roles and does well in what is quite a small part. J.K. Simmons provides some humour as the school teacher Mr. Wroblewski in what is a minor role.
The only other member of the cast that plays a big part in the film is Johnny Simmons. He plays Needy's boyfriend Chip, it's not a challenging role but he puts in a solid performance.
To conclude I suggest you give Jennifer's Body a miss, it is dreadful. Unless you're a teenage Megan Fox fanatic you won't be impressed. Utter tripe.
Megan Fox - Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried - Needy
Johnny Simmons - Chip
Adam Brody - Nikolai
Sal Cortez - Chas
Ryan Levine - Mick
Juan Riedinger - Dirk
J.K. Simmons - Mr. Wroblewski
Kyle Gallner - Colin Gray
Runtime 102 mins/107 mins (unrated version)
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I'm a big horror movie fan, so when it comes to new releases that I hear about or see a trailer for, I'm always excited to see what is coming next. Having seen the trailer, I wanted to see 'Jennifer's Body' at the cinema, but missed out due to one reason or another. I waited until the movie was released to dvd to see it but again, due to one reason or another, my viewing of the movie got postponed until last night when I decided enough was enough and that I should sit down and get it watched! As I stated, I am a huge horror fan, but am always dubious when it comes to horror movies rated with a 15 certificate as I'm always left wanting more and feeling a little deflated. I settled down to watch this movie hoping that for once this would not be the case!
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The story of 'Jennifer's Body' is based around BFF's Needy (Amanda Seyfried) and Jennifer (Megan Fox). Needy is the bookworm, nerdy type who idolizes best friend Jennifer, an arrogant, big headed 'it' girl - the one you either want to be, or be with! When attending a concert by band 'Low Shoulder' at their local club together, Jennifer is abducted by the band after a freak fire sets the club alight, burning the building to the ground. Needy is left to find her way home and worry about where Jennifer could be. Jennifer returns to Needy's house that night, covered in blood, vomiting dark prickly liquid and not quite herself with an insatiable hunger before disappearing off into the night. The next day at school, Jennifer appears to be back to her normal self, or is she? When male students begin to go missing only to turn up savagely murdered, Needy begins to question best friend Jennifer's constantly fluctuating behaviour.
Written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux).
Megan Fox ... Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried ... Needy
Johnny Simmons ... Chip
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Wroblewski
Adam Brody ... Nikolai
Sal Cortez ... Chas
Ryan Levine ... Mick
Juan Riedinger ... Dirk
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The choice of Megan Fox to play the title role of 'Jennifer' was clearly made with much thanks to her popularity with teenage boys, due to her good looks and fabulously toned body. Her acting skills in this movie are pretty decent, but I guess it isn't hard to act like a big headed high school pin-up when you're famed for being just that! The 'evil' Jennifer is portrayed well, much thanks to the special fx make up team and a lot of faux blood, as the evil side to Jennifer's character seems to just involve her being that little bit more bitchy in her ways! Overall, Megan Fox was definitely the best choice for the role as she does play the role well and is believable to watch. Unfortunately, the role isn't exactly demanding so this won't ever win an award for being Megan Fox's best performance!
As a secondary main character, Amanda Seyfried plays the role of Jennifer's best friend with gusto. Having only ever seen her in one other movie before this, Mamma Mia (in which I found her particularly annoying), my opinion of her changed in this movie and I rather enjoyed her portrayal of the bewildered and conflicted 'Needy'. To look at, Seyfried can visually pull of playing the role of a slightly geeky, high school student, and has no problem putting herself across as an everyday girl battling with the should-be insane sights and thoughts she endures through the situation she is put in. In reality, Seyfried has much more time onscreen than Fox throughout the movie without being the title character, and holds herself well in each scene she features in.
Like all certificate 15 horror movies, 'Jennifer's Body' has a dash of teen humour thrown in for good measure through its current day witty one liners and high school terms of speech. Using words such as 'lesbigay', 'jello' and 'wetty' on top of referencing modern day celebrities, ie) 'Hannah Montana', keeps the movie relevant to the teens of today and allows high school viewers to connect with the movie. In doing this, the movie then becomes more believable for the target viewers and in turn, more frightening. The writers have clearly thought about how to create a life-like high school setting and created characters that viewers of this age can recognise and relate to ie) the popular girl that everyone wants to be/wants to be with, the goths, the sporty meat heads etc. There were a few one liners in the movie that came at completely inappropriate times that did get a small chuckle from me, but I would say that the humour is clearly based at a teenage audience and would be lost on anyone over the age of 30, or with a sophisticated sense of humour.
With a UK film rating of '15', this movie has clearly been made to thrill those kids that are 'just' old enough to watch this film, or not quite old enough and have sneaked into the cinema or are watching the dvd at a sleepover with their underage friends. There is a fair amount of bloody violence in this movie, but what you actually see of it is the aftermath, not so much the actual act. For example, in one scene we 'see' Jennifer ripping a victim to shreds, but this is only in silhouette as both she and the victim are positioned behind a hanging sheet of fabric. There is enough fake blood and gruesome aftermath shots to freak out the teens that this movie is clearly aimed at, but not enough actual hideous gnarling horror to bump the certification age up to an 18 and please all horror fans of a certain age looking for a decent bit of nastiness!
Ontop of the toned down violence, there are moments in the movie that include hinted nudity, revealing 10% naked flesh and leaving the other 90% to the viewers imagination, which can prove potent in a teenagers mind! The sex scenes in the movie, again, play with the mind of the viewer, leaving pretty much everything to the imagination which I can imagine provides a few embarrassed titters and smug smiles from those barely old enough to watch this movie. In all honesty, there were no real reason for the sexual scenes to be included in the movie as they provided no extra 'anything' at all. They are simply there as a filler to please the age range this movie is aimed at, and leave viewers feeling like they have seen something 'naughty', when actually it was purely all in their imagination.
Overall, the movie was somewhat lacking, yet had the potential to provide viewers with so much more than it did. That said, this is not necessary when you're purely writing for the mid teens age range. There could have been a whole wealth of other avenues to explore with the main characters and the plot, however the writer chose to keep things simple and predictable. The story behind the movie is pretty straightforward, meaning that unfortunately there are no plot twists and no suprises along the way to mess with your mind. I guess this is a positive for those that like straight talking horror movies, however I do like my horror movies to have an element of psychological meddling to keep me on my toes, and 'Jennifer's Body' definitely did not provide me with this.
For me, 'Jennifer's Body' was somewhat average. I am a huge horror movie fan, but as soon as I see a movie has a 15 certificate, I know it's going to put a bit of a dampener on my enjoyment. The story behind 'Jennifer's Body' is pretty creative compared to most teen horror movies, which mostly comprise of a slasher base. However, this said, the plot was pretty predictable and I could easily guess what was coming next. I could premeditate the ending but this could possibly just be down to the fact I have seen a whole lot of horror movies in my time. The cast list is somewhat lacking, but this is acceptable as aside from the two lead roles there really isn't any need for any other recognisable names in the movie as not enough time is spent on anyone else to develop a third or fourth character. In my opinion, this movie was clearly written purely for the mid-teen range, and could possibly isolate those viewers that are further away from that age range (unless they are purely watching to oggle Megan Fox!). It wouldn't be a movie that I would recommend as an immediate 'need to watch', but I also wouldn't discourage anyone from watching it either. 'Jennifer's Body' was a mediocre, easy to watch piece of film and I'd have no problem watching it again if I had a few hours to fill and nothing else in my movie collection was taking my fancy.
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This is an American teen horror comedy which was written by Cody Diablo the oscarwinning writer of Juno.
Cheerleader Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) and her geeky best friend Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried) are a strange mix a hot cheerleader and a frumpy geek but they've been best friends since nursery school.
However one day after watching a gig, Jennifer is bitten by some vampires who play in the rock band (!) anad becomes possessed with eating men.
The best thing about the film is the dialogue, like Juno there are some fantastic knowing one liners, but its hard to tell from this film what Diablo was trying to achieve, its not an expose of the ridiculousness of guys or a film promoting girl power, it is a mix and never quite gets its point across.
The plot itself is unsteady and the direction slow paced so you lose some interest in whats going on, you understand why Jennifer and Needy are friends but not why Needy has a psychic connection or needs to find who murdered the men in her town. A lot of areas go unexplored unfortunately.
The film itself reminds me of a lighter version of the Scream trilogy, it is not frightening as we simply see a number of set pieces where randy chaps get bitten by the otherworldly Jennifer, and it isn't funny enough to match Scream either. Its kind of a teen adventure with elements of comedy and horror thrown in.
In terms of the cast this film is all about Fox and Seyfried, the selling point of the film seems to be how great Fox looks, and she does, but as in other films this simply goes on to show that once you step past that superficial layer of judging looks there isn't much underneath as her acting is average. Perhaps that's the point of the film, if so I missed it. Seyfried is clearly a better actor but has the classic trick of being given glasses, frumpy clothes and a bad haircut to take away from the fact she too is a beautiful woman.
Personally I found the film ok, it wasn't that great and wasn't that funny, it didn't scare me and I didn't come away with enhanced feelings about any of the actors, it's a film with a wayward plot, some funny lines and isn't scary at all.
I rented the film from lovefilm and would suggest you do the same as it is £11.98 on Amazon and really isn't worth that.
Last night I watched Jennifer's Body after borrowing it from a friend who thought it was good. After watching it I will now never listen to his recommendations again, because this is without doubt one of the worst films I have ever seen.
Directed by Karyn Kusama (I'm not planning on ever seeing another film if she's involved), from a script by Juno writer Diablo Cody in 2009, and it stars Megan Fox (transformers) as Jennifer, and Amanda Seyfriend as her friend Needy.
I cant go to much into the plot because I could tell you the whole story in about three sentences it's that simple (and rubbish too) but something happens to Jennifer and she then goes around misbehaving in different ways, all of which causes a bit of trouble for Needy (from cleaning up sick to boyfriend headaches and worse).
The acting is woeful, and characters can change from scene to scene to the point you don't really know what they're like so it's very hard to care about them. The writing by Cody tries too hard; 'He looked like lasagne with teeth', and has her usual 'cool' teenage speak which is clunky and often just dumb (which is a bit embarrassing considering her age)
The film doesn't know what it wants to be but fails at everything it tries, comedy (no intentional laughs anyway), horror (which brings the most of those laughs), titillation (you only see Fox's legs for a few seconds), which is odd because the film was kind of sold on her body being shown off a bit more and getting teenage boys to watch the film.
No one gets any credit in then end, the other actors are very one dimensional (not that the leads are that rounded) and very very forgettable, and the 'indie' band is just laughable and a stupid part of the plot. The film's tone is very poor as it flicks from jump scares (which don't jump or scare) to a scene where the two female leads start getting it on for 10 seconds or so (for no reason whatsoever except the trailer I imagine), and then its not even mentioned again. The film actually made me a bit mad that my poor friend had actually paid good money for it.
Just don't bother please it's an embarrassment all round
Jennifers body is a film that I went to see last year with a few friends, the main reason being is that it was pretty much the only thing on at the cinema, but also because it contained Megan Fox, who isn't exactly bad to look at.
The film is all about Jenifer, played by Megan fox and basically how she goes about eating people. The reason for this was because of song kind of ritual from a band performing a concert in their local town, Jenifer is taken and given up in the ritual as the band think she is a virgin, which she is far from. This then makes her possess a demonic power which makes her long for human flesh, okay so the storyline is a bit more than weak ill admit that.
Apart from being a weak storyline, and not even really making sense at times, the acting isn't that bad, the characters are mostly believable, however to be honest the movie would be nothing if it didn't have the beautiful Megan Fox in it, who really salvages anything left from this what would be train wreck of a film.
If you haven't seen this one yet, then I wouldn't bother rushing out and getting the DVD, check it out when it comes on TV though as it mite just be worth the watch, and the laugh, not that it was successful in being a comedy horror, but just at how rubbish it is.
Trans Atlantic flights are a great way to catch up on the latest movies, especially if you're on a Virgin flight with your own personal seat back TV entertainment system - as I am writing this review!
Virgin offer a selection of 60 of the latest blockbuster films for you to enjoy on your flight. After careful consideration I decided to go for Jennifer's Body as a) I wanted to watch something that wasn't very long and b) it stars Megan Fox as the lead actress.
To be honest, the film was fairly poor and pretty weird in places and I'm glad I only watched it whilst on a plane and not when I could have been doing anything more constructive.
Anyway, in a nutshell Jennifer's Body stars Megan Fox as Jennifer who is a the most popular (and sexiest) girl in high school. But things take a turn for the worse when she and her best friend Needy (played by Amanda Seyfried who was the lead role in Mama Mia) go to see a band at the local bar. A fire breaks out and several locals are killed as the bar burns to the ground. The friends get separated, but later that night Jennifer turns up at Needy's house covered in blood and vomiting some weird evil black stuff.
Y'see Jennifer has been demonised and proceeds to spend the next 90 minutes seducing and then killing random boys from high school and drinking their blood. Will anybody be able to stop her?
In truth, it's a fairly crap film and one that's only worth watching to see Megan Fox in some skimpy outfits and for a slightly impressive bit of lesbian kissing between the two lead characters.
A new movie with Megan Fox!
Running: 102 minutes
Director: Karyn Kusama
Country: United States
Megan Fox as Jennifer Check
Amanda Seyfried as Needy Lesnicky
Johnny Simmons as Chip Dove
Adam Brody as Nicolai Wolf
J.K. Simmons as Mr. Wroblewski
The story Jennifer's body
The story is about two girls called Needy and Jennifer who go to High school and are friends from when they where little. The both wear the same necklace with BFF (Best Friend Forever). They are quite different from each other. Needy is the nerd and Jennifer is the popular girl at school. Still they are best friends and do almost everything together. At one night Jennifer really wants to go to see a performance of a rock band Low Shoulder in the local bar, because she has a crush at the singer of the band, Nikolai Wolf. That night she notice him and he notice her, and when she getting drinks for the both of them, Nikolai suddenly acts very secretive towards his band and says he's sure she is still a virgin. After this they have to perform, but during the performance there's a big fire and Jennifer, Needy and the band can barely make it out of the bar. The band invites Jennifer to join them in their van and while Needy is trying to stop her, she goes with them anyway. The next time Needy sees Jennifer she's all covered in blood and acts really weird. What happened in the van and what's wrong with Jennifer.
The acting is fine in this movie, but nothing really special. Megan Fox is known for the movie Transformers and plays in this movie the lead as Jennifer Check, the popular girl of the school. She play the part fine, but is not very convincing in her scenes and sometimes just looks fake. It's like she trusts too much on her beauty, but that doesn't work this time. Amanda Seyfried plays the part of best friend Needy. She plays a nerd who discovers something is really wrong with Jennifer after she went with the band, but nobody wants to listen. I really enjoyed her acting and she came across very believable. Adam Brody plays the part of the secretive Nikolai Wolf. I really like him and he was convincing, but doesn't really have a big part in the movie.
Before i saw the movie, I already heard that the movie was supposed to be disappointing, so I didn't had great expectations. Still the movie was disappointing and almost fell asleep while watching. It's clear that the director tried to make some kind alternative horror movie, but failed. The story is bored and predictable. Maybe you don't know every detail of the movie, but you can tell what's coming. When the movie ends you still are waiting for something to happen, but realise it's too late. The acting is ok, but Megan Fox is quite disappointing. She is not a strong actress and unbelievable in her acting, while she got the lead. I don't recommend this movie, unless you are a Megan Fox fan.
Jennifer's Body is a 2009 horror film that was released in the UK on DVD in February of this year. Starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried and carrying a 15 certificate rating this is my film only review of this title.
Jennifer is the hottest girl in school, and doesn't she know it. Flirty, outspoken and beautiful she has it all, boys want to be with her and the girls just want to be her. Her best friend Needy is the opposite of Jennifer, she is nerdy in comparison and on first seeing the pair you wouldn't imagine them having anything in common, but as Needy explains they have been friends since the 'sandbox', they grew up together and consider each other as BFFs (best friends forever) Needy has a boyfriend and a steady relationship, Jennifer flits from one guy to another yet the pair share an unlikely friendship that has endured the years.
A planned night out with the pair starts off well with Jennifer taking an interest in the lead singer of a new, up and coming band who appears to share the attraction, however the evening ends in tragedy and Jennifer ends up being separated from Needy. When Jennifer comes home she looks the same but Needy slowly comes to realise that all is not well with her best friend, when a couple of male students are brutally murdered it would appear that Jennifer has undergone somewhat of a transformation and it's up to Needy to figure out what to do next...
This was one film I was determined to buy on its release date as I had seen the trailers for it and thought it was going to be amazing, however reading reviews on IMDB and here put a few doubts in my mind so rather than buying it outright I added the title to my Lovefilm list and thanks to them I have been able to watch it this week without forking out a tenner for the privilege.
Having now seen the film my feelings about it are that of disappointment really, it could have been amazing, it should have been brilliant but instead it was mediocre and rather lacklustre. It had the potential to be excellent, the casting of Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried were, for me, good choices and I strongly disagree with the consensus that Fox cannot act as I do think she pulled off a very good performance in this film. Yes she is strikingly attractive and her beauty is fully exploited in the film but given the part she had to play she fulfilled the requirements of the role and I thought she was fine as the title character - Jennifer. Seyfried as Needy also gave a solid performance as the unlikely 'hero' of the piece who goes on a 'journey' from put-upon, loyal best friend to bum-kicking demon slayer so what exactly went wrong with the film?
The plot was good and the premise different to the majority of teen horror films in that we have two lead female characters each with opposing personalities and character traits. I do feel that the 'nerdiness' of Needy was overemphasised and that the distinct differences between Jennifer and her best friend were overplayed and overstated. The unlikliness of their friendship meant for me that it was unbelievable and didn't quite sit right and when I realised after 50 minutes that the only thing I kept focusing on was the fact that Needy's glasses were obviously clear glass and not prescription lenses I realised that perhaps I wasn't paying that much attention to the film itself.
Because we know what is happening there is no real tension or suspense. There are no surprises or twists in the film and rather than having helpless females running around being butchered it's the guys this time that are being bumped off. Saying that though this only happens twice before the final face-off so the rest of the film is taken up with explaining what is going on and following Needy as she puts together the pieces to work out what has happened to Jennifer. The film felt bogged down by details and 'attitude-laden' dialogue that was forced and didn't flow like it should, I was reminded of another Amanda Seyfried film - "Mean Girls" and other American teen comedies such as "Clueless", the random inclusion of a long and lingering kiss between Fox and Seyfried seemed to be lifted from "Cruel Intentions" and for me it was a mish-mash of ideas and themes from other films all lumped together under the guise of a brand new, never-seen-before teen horror.
Unfortunately it wasn't new or different and as much as I wanted to love the film I was glad when after 98 minutes it was all over, perhaps I'm getting too old to fully appreciate this type of horror film now? Given the rating of 15 it received it couldn't be overly gory or bloody and perhaps I'm better off sticking to horrors that carry a higher rating as this just left me feeling dissatisfied and disappointed.
Diablo Cosy was the executive producer and writer of the film and I know that she is very well thought of after her debut production "Juno" received critical and commercial acclaim. I do think, however that she tried just a little bit too hard to be 'cutting edge' and relevant with this film and even with the casting of two talented actresses, a decent enough plot and some nice moments she failed to deliver a contender for a long remembered, talked about horror film that will be looked back on in years to come with affection. It had potential as I mentioned earlier but didn't quite deliver.
In conclusion then, would I recommend this film? Yes, all things considered I would but only as a rental rather than a full price purchase. At the moment the film retails for £11.98 from Amazon and I wouldn't consider paying this for the film, if you can; rent it, if not wait a couple of months and it will be reduced to a fiver, for that it's worth the money.
Jennifer's Body from me gets an average 3/5 dooyoo stars for all the reasons I have mentioned, thanks for reading my review!