Written by Diablo Cody
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Starring Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox
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.
“Hell is a teenage girl.”
I feel badly for horror snobs that turn their elite noses up at any horror/black comedy flick that doesn’t try to reinvent the horror popcorn muncher genre. Jennifer’s Body is definitely not something new. It is, however, something fun and evil. I’m not ashamed to admit I bought this on Blu Ray.
Devil’s Kettle is a boring town populated by boring people who do boring things. You probably grew up there – I sure did. Fox and Seyfried portray two high school girls, Jennifer and Needy, who know their roles in high school and friendship. Jennifer is the dominant, popular type, and Needy the awkward Jennifer devotee.The film bounces back and forth between Seyfried’s medicated narrative and the actual events as she remembers them from a mental institution.
Jennifer encourages Needy to attend a concert by a shitty indie band who just happen to be playing at a local bar in Devil’s Kettle. We meet Roman (the awesome Chris Pratt) at the bar, a local yokel that dated Jennifer in…a very tight and uncomfortable sense.
“What? I’m not even a backdoor virgin anymore, thanks to Roman. And by the way, that hurts. I couldn’t even go to Flags the next day. I had to stay home and sit on a bag of frozen peas.” High school flag corp and anal sex jokes – sublime.
Of course with this being a horror flick, we need a launching point for the supernatural hilarity that’s waiting in the wings. A fire erupts at the bar and several locals die. Jennifer decides to get a lift home from the band. Needy is having none of it and skips the ride home. Later that evening Jennifer shows up at Needy’s home and it’s obvious she has undergone a change. Not a high school change, or a “Now I’m a woman.” change, but an evil transformation. Jennifer chows down on raw meat from Needy’s fridge, releases a high-pitched demonic squall, and barfs a bloody black pool on the kitchen floor that can only be described as Spidey’s enemy, Venom.
Jennifer begins to exploit the lust of her classmates. She savagely murders and feasts on her prey, gaining power and something all teenage girls seek after: radiant skin and hair. Evil personified right?
Poor Needy is just too smart to ignore the changes taking place in her worshiped friend. No longer content to drift in the gravitational pull of someone who let her be a tag-a-long friend, Needy launches a plan. Luckily, there’s a physical expression of the two girls’ love before things get real. I had to laugh that Amanda Seyfried was cast as the awkward friend btw. I guess Oliva Munn and Alison Brie were busy at the time.
The WTF center of Needy’s brain engages before she becomes a full-blown bi and she stops the forbidden love. Jennifer gushes to Needy about the night of her mysterious ride home and just how evil the band is. Yes, you guessed it: indie rock. Apparently indie rock is a really hard genre to break in to. Naturally, the band kills Jennifer during a satanic ritual because she’s a virgin. Oh, snap! She wasn’t a virgin! Remember the frozen peas? Since she wasn’t a pure sacrifice, Jennifer begins a symbiotic relationship with a demon that shall forever reside within her.
Just in time for the big dance.
I’ll let you enjoy the end of the movie on your own. I’m a stickler about endings and Jennifer’s Body is wrapped up in a nice little package in the end. I know haters gonna hate and all, but that bullshit elitist attitude is causing a lot of people to miss a lot of great flicks.
Jennifer’s body is a fun and refreshing experience. I’m saying this without the slightest hint of irony. Cody has written a hilarious tale of America’s youth set within the parameters of horror and comedy. Fox and Seyfried have undeniable chemistry, each complimenting the other nicely. The story is paced perfectly and has an organic feel despite the genre and plot. Jennifer’s Body is a well made movie, even flowing at times. There’s an irrefutable intensity that keeps the film out of the teenage date-movie trap. That’s no small feat anymore.
If you have a sense of humor for the weird meld of realistic yet over the top horror, I’m guessing this is one for you. Cody is quick on her feet and can write modern dialogue without coming off trendy and annoying. You’re not going to find German expressionism or Oscar nominees in this movie, so go in with that attitude and I think you’ll be able to fully enjoy two hot high school girls that make out and try to kill each other in the name of evil.