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 io9.com 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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  1. Thanks for the review, I think I’ll just wait for the dvd rental on this one, if that. A 1.5 out of 5, can’t say I’ll go out of my way to find this one…….. 102 minutes with Megan Fox… who knew it would be so bad

    probably anybody who saw the TF movies, oh and by the way the still of Fox looks extremely photoshoped. Very blurry and her skin changes color at the neck line

  2. Well i saw the movie for free and i snuck in a little bit of alcohol into the theater as well… My conclusion is that that’s the best way to see this movie(free and under the influence). I mean i wasn’t drunk but i laughed more…lol. This is more of a next year red box dollar rental to kill some time if needed. Lol… I do like how you mentioned she’s not naked at the start of your review.

  3. Are you guys joking?? This was the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. This movie was AMAZING.

  4. its true Megan fox is hot babe. but i don’t like that close up kissing scenes. rather than drag that kind of scenes in to this Jennifer’s body movie the director Karyn Kusama should had to add more thriller scenes. but all over movie is perfect.

  5. First of all Megan Fox is NOT attractive and she is way to over sexualized. She sucks as an actress and picks roles that totally degrade her. She is an idiot. Sorry if I am offending every male out there. What I want to know is if ALL the dialogue is as contrived as Juno or is it somewhat toned down?

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

    No need to read any further; the only reason to see it has been shot down. :-P

    Did anyone expect this movie to be anything but bad? In the trailers alone I said “Heck no!”. Vic, I know you don’t like to give spoilers but did she have this demon in her at the start or did she somehow get possessed? You can e-mail me if you prefer. I have no problem knowing all the spoilers for this because this will not get my money.

  7. these movies and genre are missing a goldmine opportunity. Like you said in the article, i find myself laughing far more often these days then actually felling a sense of fear. truely the last movie that had me going was the ring.. and that involved VHS so it shows you the rut horror films are in.

    Instead films with a C+ cast (fox deserves some kind of plus i think) should follow the path of shaun of the dead. exploit the story, plot, idea for what it really is and make a really good comedy.

  8. People actually thought this film was going to be good? I dont care if Steven Spielberg or JJ Abrams wrote it the trailer looked ridiculously stupid. I DO think Megan Fox is gorgeous but I also think that her acting is TERRIBLE and having her as the lead for a movie should some it all up. Good review though and thanks for helping reafirm myself on the fact that I will NOT be seeing this

  9. @wesley,
    Whatever you’re taking I wish I had some of it when I saw The Day The Earth Stood Still!

    Pass.

  10. I have a feeling that young women are going to relate to this movie a LOT more than I did and may end up liking it.

    Vic

  11. I might see it for my love of horror movies and because of Fox. I only would though if my friends all wanted to. No way I would see this without a large group to make fun of it. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing it the way I saw the last HP (only one I have seen) where I brought in a couple high potent pint bottles.

  12. Stop the press!!!!

    “Uber hot, like totally hot babe in high school”
    Vic we used to call them sluts? I call sugarcoating!!!
    :-)

    What’s really sad is all the man hours of labor and time and work that goes into making such a pile of steaming poop like this. The carbon footprint alone makes me sick. Then Vic has to waste his time reporting how crappy this is,,, ahhh!!!
    Megan Fox makes me sick,,, man I’m getting sick,,, 8-O

  13. Why would anyone think it was going to be good. Theres only one movie that Fox i naked/going to be naked in, cant remember the name of it though.

  14. “I have a feeling that young women are going to relate to this movie a LOT more than I did and may end up liking it.”
    Vic

    i couldent agree more the Down side the majority of the audiance goaing to see this is about 90% male.
    Lol
    Great Review BtW !

  15. To quote J.K. Simmons from another movie…

    “Crap… crap… mega-crap!”

  16. I smelling bomb!!!
    8-)

  17. You know, I felt like even Juno was trying too hard to force “hip” down my throat. I think it was the most overrated movie that year.

  18. Juno, Gilmore Girls, never was too into the “witty banter” type movies…

  19. The problem was from day one was trying to pass M.Fox off as an actress. She should just go straight to reality tv where she belongs.

  20. have any of you actually seen it besides vic,

    i saw it at the arclight in la and it was a great movie

    cause its very reminiscent of old 80′s teen movies, and its hard to balance comedy and horror, and its true it wasnt a very scary movie, but i like the mix of gore, horror, and comedy

    its hard to pull those things off and i cant see how you were bored of it, the movie seemed like it went by in a flash. and i personally thought it was way to short.

  21. I didn’t see it, I just don’t like Meagan Fox’s acting in general, so I wouldn’t waste the money.

  22. @bengibbard13

    ugh… I saw it, you obviously didn’t read the second comment of this thread and speaking of seconds… I had to see this for a second time this morning. I still feel the sameway… The movie was better whilst i was drinking. If you liked it thats cool… Only real cool thing to me about this movie was seeing Diablo Cody (or at least i thought it was her… The bartender at melody lanes) other then that i didn’t care much for it.

  23. Well life is a compromise Last week I wanted to see “Moon” and this week the better half wanted “Jennifer’s Body” and I went to see this film with low expectations and I kind of liked it—just popcorn and I do love campy stuff.

    I got involved with the town and Chip and Needy and I liked the evolution of Needy and I liked how the real conflict was between Jen and Needy’s relationship.

    I think you have be a fan of camp to like this movie I mean Dialog like “the dance will just be a Boy feast” campy,campy…

  24. Nice review, this confirms what I already suspected. Actually, it sounds ever worse to tell you the truth. I can handle a side order of Megan Fox in Transformers, but won’t pay $12-$15 to watch her bore me to death as the main feature in a horrible movie :p

  25. The only way to view Megan Fox is half naked and with the MUTE on, otherwise it’s difficult to stomach her acting in anything else. On the other hand I prefer her sleazy dim witted comments to having to listen to Jessica Alba and her sacred vagina, yet playing a stripper who doesn’t show her ta-tas. Yep.

  26. Go Heather Go! My sentiments exactly. LOL @ sacred vagina.

  27. Am I the only guy in the world that does NOT think Megan Fox is attractive at ALL

  28. @ Aaron:
    There really IS a guy who finds her unattractive! And here I thought it was just a myth. You’ve just restored my aith in humanity! :) I just cannot, for the life of me, understand what’s so great about her.

    As for the movie, I did get what Diablo was going for, but I agree with your assesment of it,Vic.

  29. Aaron, nope I don’t get it.

    I’m a chick and I swoon for her………..with that mute button of course.

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