1 hour, 42 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use.
Megan Fox ... Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried ... Needy
Johnny Simmons ... Chip
Adam Brody ... Nikolai
Sal Cortez ... Chas
Ryan Levine ... Mick
Juan Riedinger ... Dirk
Kyle Gallner ... Colin Gray
Amy Sedaris ... Needy's Mom
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Wroblewski
| Jennifer (Megan Fox "Transformers") is a small town high school student, the kind of popular girl
who hangs out with a geek like Needy (Amanda Seyfried "Mamma
Mia!") to prop herself
up. But, Jennifer becomes a cannibal, thanks to a
botched sacrifice to Satan executed by the local boy band Low Shoulder.
Jennifer has a crush on the lead singer (Adam Brody "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") and drags Needy to a show at the local roadhouse, where a
freak fire inexplicably erupts and unbeknown to anyone, Jennifer is carried off in the band's van and undergoes a "demonic
transference" when the band makes a deal with the devil to sacrifice a virgin. Of course, Jennifer's no virgin, so she awakens from the dead as
a flesh-eating monster who loves to snack on boys. And when she returns hours later to Needy's house covered in blood, and hungry for young male flesh, it's obvious that she's ready to destroy the next teenage boy she sees. Needy, with a little help from her nerdy boyfriend Chip (Johnny
Simmons "Evan Almighty"), decides that she has to stop her newly transformed best friend.
This is an interesting set-up by screenwriter Diabo Cody ("Juno") and it presents plenty of opportunities for her zippy double-entendre-laden dialogue and role reversals, and Cody manages to incorporate them all including a rather clever subtext, but nothing in
Jennifer's Body hasn't already been done to death in countless teenage
horror movies. And while director Karyn Kusama ("Girlfight") is great at capturing the nuanced
relationship between the two girls and letting the funny lines play,
she stages every horror moment in the same old "walking down a shadowy
hallway" mode, using shock cuts, jolting sounds and levitation effects to add suspense.
Still, the intelligence is there, and even if the movie's a bit muddled and lifeless in parts, it's also entertaining. Guys may come out of it with their hots for
Megan Fox tinged with a little fear, but girls may just realize they've
got real power, if maybe not the appetite for blood shown here. And that's a relatively good thing.