Jennifer's Body

Described by director Karyn Kusama (‘Girlfight’) as ‘a tribute to the fierce power of oestrogen’, this coming-of-age horror comedy typecasts beautiful ‘Transformers’ star Megan Fox as Jennifer, a high school alpha female in the ‘Heathers’ or ‘Mean Girls’ mould. However, by going against the grain of the ’80s horror movies to which it pays affectionate homage – ‘Carrie’, ‘Fright Night’, slasher movies in general – the script by ‘Juno’ writer Diablo Cody explores the toxic friendship between Jennifer and her nerdy, speccy bosom buddy, Needy (Amanda Seyfried). ‘Sandbox love never dies,’ so they are best friends forever. But when Jennifer’s encounter with a diabolical indie band ends with her being sacrificed and transformed into a literally maneating demon, Needy must see through her one-sided girl-crush in order to end Jennifer’s bloody reign of terror.

A welcome antidote to the sexless romanticism of ‘Twilight’, Kusama and Cody’s female-driven horror comedy explores the premise that ‘hell is a teenage girl’. When the far from virginal Jennifer transforms, she simply becomes herself, but more so: her sexual power is magnified, she glows with health after feeding, and her cruel selfishness goes into overdrive. But not even Needy’s sensitive boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons) will believe that Jennifer’s body is now the embodiment of evil.

There are weaknesses: Kusama’s set-piece scare scenes aren’t always frightening, Cody’s trademark teen slang is occasionally more forced than arch, and the mysterious psychic connection between Jennifer and Needy is never explained. But by tapping in to the same vein of ‘hormonal horror’ as the excellent ‘Ginger Snaps’, this offers a witty, subversive look at the darker side of teen friendship.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday November 6 2009
Duration: 102 mins

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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Thomas Noctor

Crap teeny 'horror' flick! Poor story worse acting only for Megan Fox this would not even get 1 star! AWFUL!

lauren

I really enjoyed this. I think a lot of people going to view this film didn't realise that it's a parody and so left disapointed. Yes, this film is trashy, no, this film isn't scary and yes, it works really well. Go for a good time not to see something good. Saying that, it fulfills it's genre incredibly well and it's refreshing to see some decent female characters who aren't complete idiots or dependent on men to make their lives interesting. Yay Jennifers Body! and Yay to all the actors who agreed to do it! You guys rock!

lauren

I really enjoyed this. I think a lot of people going to view this film didn't realise that it's a parody and so left disapointed. Yes, this film is trashy, no, this film isn't scary and yes, it works really well. Go for a good time not to see something good. Saying that, it fulfills it's genre incredibly well and it's refreshing to see some decent female characters who aren't complete idiots or dependent on men to make their lives interesting. Yay Jennifers Body! and Yay to all the actors who agreed to do it! You guys rock!

Si

This film is far from a materpiece. It is however if taken lightly a bit of fun and worth a watch. As has been noted by many, Megan Fox is never going to be winning any Awards for her on screne ability. But she is a very good looking woman, and thats what the role required so she filled that role more than adequatly. The film was a little different to the Horror genres that have gone before but i doubt its one that will move on or develop into anything more interesting. Films that have mixed Horror and Comedy, such as Shaun of the Dead this is not; but its worth a watch.

Thomas Noctor

I watched this film in my hotel room in Chicago because I was bored. I thought this was going to be a horror film and was disappointed when I found out it was trying to be a comedy. It was awful, not as bad as Drag Me To Hell but none the less terrible!

Becca

I think the film was amazing. Not a film to be compared with the teen classic 'Mean Girls' admittedly, but sure is up there with the best. I do think that the film is more for the male audience in some respects but either way, a fun and energetic film to keep any teenager quoting for years =)

Becca

I think the film was amazing. Not a film to be compared with the teen classic 'Mean Girls' admittedly, but sure is up there with the best. I do think that the film is more for the male audience in some respects but either way, a fun and energetic film to keep any teenager quoting for years =)

usman latif khawaja

megan fox cannot act and diablo cody is the most self indulgent female writer on the planet -the result is a lame ,depressing and stereotyped horror disaster which is trying to be humourous by feeding human entrails to rats and wolves -disgusting in every respect with absolutely terrible production and a CARRIE HANGOVER -WHICH IS hilarious but strictly in an inadvertent scenario -save your time and money-megan fox should just act as a barbie doll in future to save her career

klix

Needy's childhood infatuation with Jennifer has survived a selfish structure dictated by Jennifer's desire to overarch Needy across the looks/love matrix of sexually maturing girls - until Jennifer skips town with a newbie rock band intent on promoting success via a satanic rite with Jennifer as the not so virginal sacrifice. This unleashes a torrent of bloodletting with Needy finally drawing a line at the poolside blood snacking of Chip, her caring boyfriend, by the demonically possessed Jennifer. Great stuff, hell on earth served up by the delectable Ms Fox.

_Matt_1977_

An odd mix of horror, comedy and high school drama, but very enjoyable. And it's got Megan Fox!! ... It's nice to see a supernatural monster which looks human (and attractive) and isn't a vampire:- vampires are great but it's nice to have a bit of variety. I wonder if this film, or another film like it, could be the start of a whole new mythos? ... Sequel please!!

CatherineBray

In total agreement with Nigel's review. This is superb trashy fun and a future cult hit. How many horror films are there that have convincing female characters as both the main force of evil and heroine? How many films for, by and about women that don't focus boringly on shoes, diets and being rescused by a knight in shining armour? This is Mean Girls with a horror twist. Delicious stuff.

Seyi

One of the worst movies i've seen this year. The trailer gives you the impression that you'd be scared but at the same time glued to your seat. It couldnt be more wrong. The story line is shallow and even though the actors tried to pull it off, the movie is a miserable flop. I wouldnt recommend it for anyone. Even as a download. It's so not worth the space on a laptop. Very disappointed.

Paul

I took my teenage daughter to see this film and we both reached the same conclusion that it stank and was a car crash of a film, Apparently it is a poor rip off of some of the Twilight story lines and the film reminded me of The Twilight Zone. If you go expecting to be titillated by Megan Fox then stick to the trailer which makes the film seem good. The mandatory shots of Megan in shorts are there and of course the glossed lips you want to lick and then stick her to the wall. Totalled bored, don't waste your money, get it in the Asda discount bin quite soon.