*** Official JENNIFER'S BODY Review Thread

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  1. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    Diablo Cody's followup from her Oscar-winning script of "Juno" is "Jennifer's Body", a film starring Megan Fox ("Jennifer") and Amanda Seyfried ("Needy") and directed by Karen Kusama. Dialogue-wise, I was hoping for a little more bite in the banter between the 2 lead actresses' characters (Jennifer and Needy), and the pacing of the film wasn't anything more than average. Some of the film plays like a longer version of the TV show "Supernatural", if the Winchester brothers never made it to Devil's Kettle (the town where the film takes place), and harkens back to "Heathers" in spots early in the film.

    Sure, Megan Fox is superb eye candy, and her acting isn't all that bad (though her character is little under-written), but the film is anchored by Amanda Seyfried's performance, and is basically seen through her vantage point. Seyfried is a good actress, but the script lets her down too many times, though she steps up and meets all the challenges in the script. Overall, the film has its moments, but it never really builds and builds on the horror and tension of the situations, nor is it funny enough to be considered a classic, even in the B-movie horror genre. Kusama's direction is not inspired, rather very vanilla and restrained for this genre.

    I give it 2.5 stars, or a grade of C+.
  2. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator

    Dec 9, 1998
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  3. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Nov 15, 2004
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    I thought Jennifer's Body was a black comedy in a horror movie's clothing. Diablo Cody seemed to be going more for laughs (and occasionaly some warped jokes) than chills to me. Amanda Seyfried is a reliable and talented actor and I don't have too high of an opinion of Megan Fox as an actor, she did fine in her role.

    It's not bad but it's not great either.
  4. Cory S.

    Cory S. Supporting Actor

    Sep 7, 2004
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    A solid 3 out of 4 stars for me. Bizarre pacing aside, this film worked for me on a lot of levels but the glue to the whole thing was the performances of the two leads, Seyfried and Fox. The whole film's a big metaphor that's not hard to find but the relationship and the growth of the two leads completely got me. In all honestly, I felt sad for both characters at the end of this thing...which surprised me.

    Seyfried is the star of this piece but it doesn't work without her playing off of Fox. Their chemistry was just great. Fox can act so I think people really need to back off her. She's still young. Let's give her time to grow, if she's willing to do the hard work.

    Badly advertised film that deserved much, much better than what critics gave it and its box office numbers.
  5. Al_S

    Al_S Second Unit

    Nov 30, 2000
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    I thought this movie was great! Megan Fox is just awesome! I thought the script was great and I laughed at the great one liners. I give it 4 stars.

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