Review: Jennifer's Body (2009)
Jennifer's Body: About As Supple As Expected...
I first heard about Jennifer’s Body (2009), the horror film inspired by the Hole song of the same name, in July. I saw the red band trailer for the film and it called attention to all of the things a movie like this wants to market: the promise of hot girls kissing each other, and gruesome slaughter. It seemed as if the audience for this film was fairly clear: teenage boys. Nevertheless I decided I should give it a shot.
When I entered into the theater several thoughts went through my head. The film was already receiving lackluster reviews online so I was beginning to doubt the movie’s ability to truly deliver. Deep down inside I wanted this movie to succeed! The yearning for success was not help Megan Fox's career, but to aid Diablo Cody (the film's writer) in proving she wasn't just a one hit wonder riding on the proverbial coat tails of her debut effort Juno (2007). No doubt the woman knew how to turn a phrase, and make hilarious pop culture references, but could she deliver it again. The answer: partially.
The writing in Jennifer's Body is too deliberately stylized. The phrases and pop culture references that Cody uses seem to be present for the sheer sake of meeting a quota. It is as if she undertook the painstaking task of reading through the script and inserting one of these signature quips every ten minutes. The phraseology overkill was a big turn off for me.
I also didn't understand or like the brief introduction of Jennifer's police cadet boyfriend in one of the earlier scenes. It was pointless. Actually I thought he died in a fire at the rock concert and then she references him later.
But that is not to say that the film does not possess some redeeming qualities as well. The heavily talked about salacious same sex smooch between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried definitely lived up to the hype and after hearing Cody justify it's presence in the film I am sold on it. It did indeed emphasize the romanticism associated with the relationships of teenage girls.
Cody also makes a brief cameo in the film.
Although generally I feel like Jennifer's Body had a lot more bark then bite it was not terrible. I don't feel like I wasted my time of money like I did at the end of Transformers 2. Hands down the best scene in the film is when Jennifer barges into her best friend's house covered in blood and attempts to tear apart a Boston Market chicken on the kitchen floor. Once you've seen Megan Fox do this it kind of takes the sexy down a couple of notches. Not to mention she then spews what can only be described as "pure evil" all over the floor and runs off.
It is the kind of film that they could have done a lot more with in my opinion. Overall I believe Jennifer would describe the film as "salty. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this film a 6 for valiant effort. Is it bad that the whole time I was watching the movie the Hall and Oates song "Maneater" was going through my head?
Update 05/18/2010: Great song to use in this film would have been "Who Killed the Cheerleader?" by the Nekromantix.