Jennifer’s Body Review

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Short Version: Overall Jennifer’s Body is just a boring movie – punctuated by occasional humor and fewer scares.

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Screen Rant reviews Jennifer’s Body

Let’s just get this right out of the way: Megan Fox does not appear naked in Jennifer’s Body.

So if that’s the main reason you want to go see this film, you’re out of luck. If the other reason you want to see the film is for the girl/girl makeout scene – there is a very brief scene of a kiss between Megan and Amanda Seyfried, and it’s shot in such an extreme close-up that for all I know they might have had “stunt doubles” do it.

Now that we have that out of the way, on to the review. icon smile Jennifers Body Review

Megan Fox plays Jennifer, the uber-hot, like, totally popular babe at high school that girls envy and boys want desperately. She’s a typical movie hot-chick high school cheerleader, caring more about parties, guys and what she looks like than things like schoolwork. Her long-time best friend is Needy Lesnicky (played by Amanda Seyfried, obvious pretty-girl-hiding-behind-glasses-bad-hair-and-bad-clothes). It’s obvious quite early on that their friendship is not exactly balanced, with Needy cowtowing to Jennifer in every way, but happy to do it due to a misplaced sense of loyalty and the fact that being so UNpopular she of course gets a thrill out of being the popular girl’s best friend.

Jennifer being Jennifer, she gets into groupie mode over the lead singer of a visiting band (played by Adam Brody). She persuades Needy to ditch her “good guy” boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons) and to go with her to the only bar in town to watch the band play. By the end of the evening, Jennifer ends up taking off with the boys in the band, who are obviously not exactly Boy Scouts. Later that evening Jennifer turns up bruised and bloody at Needy’s house, acting strange, creepy and threatening.

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A bloody Megan Fox in "Jennifer's Body"

Soon thereafter a series of grisly murders invade the small, usually quiet town, and Needy starts putting two and two together. Of course her boyfriend won’t believe her when she tries to tell him what’s going on, our main characters end up in grave danger, etc., etc.

Jennifer’s Body was written by Diablo Cody, the woman who wrote the critically acclaimed Juno – so despite the fact that this film was starring Megan Fox, people were hoping for something worthwhile. However where the dialog in Juno flowed easily and naturally, and the wit came easy, here it all seems forced and you get the sense that they’re just trying too hard to be hip – and failing.

You want an example? How about “They’re agents of Satan… with cool haircuts.”

Oh, hang on a sec – I’ve got to step away from the keyboard due to the non-stop laughter that won’t let me type.

The movie actually starts to get interesting once the creature appears and the killing starts – actually that’s when it starts to get at least a bit funny. There were maybe two or three times that I laughed during the entire film. So OK, but is it scary, then? No, not really. Right at the start of the film there is the weakest “jump scare” I have ever seen in a film, and while there are maybe a couple of horror movie-worthy scenes, overall it doesn’t work on that level either. I will admit that the smile that Megan Fox gave when she first showed up covered in blood DID creep me the hell out.

There were a few laughs here and there, one early on when Jennifer heads off in the band van and one funny bit during an awkward teenage sex scene (no, it doesn’t involve Fox, sorry).

And then there’s Megan Fox. For the guys, this still from the film shows more of her than you’ll see in the entire movie, so you can just get your fill right here:

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Frankly, based on what I’ve read about Fox and from her in the form of interviews, it seemed to me that the character she was playing was pretty close to just being herself – not much of a stretch. The Jennifer character seemed so close to reports of those who’ve worked with Fox, and based on the sort of statements she herself has made – I just couldn’t buy into the character. I just saw Megan being Megan (except of course for the whole fangs and eating entrails thing).

Highlights? J.K. Simmons appears here and once again plays a slightly off-center supporting character. Love the man’s delivery of even the most basic lines of dialog. Amanda Seyfried did a nice job as the nerdy protagonist, and Johnny Simmons was convincingly sincere. And Adam Brody did some scenery chewing in his brief scenes that made it look like he was having fun with the role.

As Annalee Newitz of pointed out, Jennifer’s Body is about the horror of abusive female friendships instead of the more common female sexuality angle – and it’s commendable that writer Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama wanted to try something different… it’s too bad that it just doesn’t work.

But hey if you just can’t get enough of Megan Fox on the big screen and acting sexy, supposedly hip dialog, awkward teenage sex, a bit of gore and mild scares, then maybe this movie’s for you. Me? I was bored and for a 102 minute movie it felt WAY longer.

Oh, if you do go, stay through the credits for some “closure.”

Our Rating:

1.5 out of 5
(Poor, A Few Good Parts)

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  2. This movie is a waste of everyone’s time and money. DUMB.

  3. This movie isn’t even worth seeing let alone reviewing. Nicely well-written but a waste of time and money. And the fact that it bombed at the box-office speaks volumes about not only the film itself but Fox as well.

    Speaking of Fox, she ranted against Michael Bay. She’s gonna rant against…..well you could clearly see how that’ s gonna turn out.

  4. Her name should be Megan Flopz rather than Fox. LOL>)

  5. I really don’t think she is amazing looking either. She isn’t ugly, but she is nothing to fall all over yourself about either.

  6. I really liked Jennifer’s body. It was something else, rather than the gore and disgusting brainless movies (Final Destination 3, 4, Saw II, etc.)there usually are. Why you say that it is not a good script, doesn’t make sense. I thought it had all the elements of nice script and it actually had a story, more than a LOT of movies can say. And as for Megan Fox (I am a woman) and I think she is pretty and has a nice body. The women that don’t like her, is propably jealous of her and well, the men…uhm…need I say more? This movie has great camera angles, that leaves you in suspense. And as for Juno – I loved it as well. It is nice to think how diverse Diablo Cody writing is.

  7. I realise this an older film but I just saw it last night. $4.50 and… I quite liked it. Not really a horror movie but a decent movie none-the-less. I thought it was a little bit Heathers which is no bad thing and would probably go 2/2.5 out of 5. I’d read this review before I watched it so maybe my expectations were lowered beforehand. Not a massive fan of Fox but she was definitely better in this than in Transformers or How to Lose Friends… The dialogue was a little annoying at times and seemed forced, (top-tip; if you have to explain what your slang means then don’t use it eh?) but overall not too bad.

  8. its very nice,for me it is one of the best movie is worthit. i will idolize the cast especially amanda seyfried,she is one of the best also johnny simmons and by the way megan fox is so sexy and also amanda seyfreied especially when amanda and johnny made out.i love it very much

  9. This movie was actually good.A teen ha ha horror flick.Not gory, but keeps u wondering what’s going on.The dialogue is funny, in fact, I watched it with closed captions so i could get all the words in, very well written.Amanda Seyfried is excellent as Jens nerdy looking best friend,Needy, all the casting was well done.The movie flowed,wasn’t boring in any spots.Meghan is a beautiful girl and a total b**** in this movie, she’s so convincing as a stuck up snob, you can’t help think this part isn’t a far stretch from her real demeanor minus the demon.or not.All around an excellent movie.

  10. It may would’ve been a better movie if the dialog weren’t so bad- too many forced f***’s and s***’s. The whole movie came across very try-hard.