Jennifer’s Body (2009) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Jennifer’s Body (2009) Directed by Karyn Kusama. With Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody.

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It’d be easy to dismiss Jennifer’s Body as a Buffy-esque slice of throwaway, teen comedy/horror, but in all fairness, that’s exactly what it’s endeavouring to be. Directed by Karyn Kusama and penned by Juno scriber, Diablo Cody, the aim here is to make a Friday night gross-out in the Elm Street tradition, sexed up with Megan Fox as a boogeywoman whose need to feed enhances her physical perfection.

Invoking Wes Craven’s Elm Street, might not be the smartest thing I could do, as Jennifer’s Body falls a long way short of being anything close to it, in terms of quality, but with Cody’s writing, there is a nice line of wit that fights against the rough grain of a dull, predictable plot.

The first line “Hell is a teenage girl” sets an undercurrent of humour that pokes fun at teen behaviour as opposed to glorifying it. Unfortunately, despite this, the film has a look, tone, structure and sound that panders to typical teen movie conventions and in the end, becomes a confused combination that struggles to be coherent.

Megan Fox is perfectly sassy in the central role, however her character isn’t afforded much complexity beyond looking hot in tiny denim shorts and leg warmers, while snogging the faces off of half of the disposable cast members. Amanda Seyfried is given a little more to do, and her friendship with Fox’s title character, Jennifer, is the fulcrum of the story…what there is of it.

There are some good ideas here, as well as a few decent gags, but much of it is too repetitive and formulaic to enable it stand out from the crowd. It might be of passing interest as a low-rent B-movie night in, and it’s possible that’s the sum of its ambition, but as such, it’s nowhere near as memorable as 2007’s ‘Teeth’ a similarly themed, but less starry offering. 2.5/5

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About garethrhodes

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2 Responses to Jennifer’s Body (2009) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

  1. 70srichard says:

    I remember enjoying the hell out of this when it opened. I thought Amanda Seyfried was great in it. I see the issues you have with the Teen Horror theme, but it is a Teen Horror picture as you pointed out. A good read, thanks.

    • garethrhodes says:

      It’s great that you enjoyed it. There were parts of it that I liked too, but I felt it could have been improved significantly, in places. I didn’t mind it being a teen horror at all, and I liked that it tried to subvert the staples of that particular sub-genre. It just stayed within itself far too much for me. I’d have liked to have seen something far more audacious, especially in the final third. Thank you very much for your input, it’s always great to have your responses and opinion.

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