Karyn Kusama, USA, 2009, 107 min
There is so much wrong with Jennifer’s Body I don’t even know where to start. Diablo Cody, coming straight off the huge success of her first script (Juno), writes this story of a high school girl who turns into some sort of monster after a terrible event at a rock concert.
The titular Jennifer, played by Megan Fox, is the head cheerleader type. She is definitely the intended draw of the film. Every shot she is in is designed to highlight her beauty, how cool she looks covered in blood, or really anything else about her body. There is something inherently wrong with that, but I guess the film delivers what is advertised so I’m not going to comment further.
The story is told through the eyes of her best friend, the conservative Amanda Seyfried. She struggles with her feelings for Jennifer, as well as being the only one who knows Jennifer’s secret. It is standard horror film stuff, and Diablo Cody tries to freshen it up by including “hip” dialog. But most of the lines are dead in the water and the humor just doesn’t work.
There is little Kusama can do to overcome the absurd plot-turns and over-written dialog. But she does direct with style and at least pulls off some memorable imagery. But it’s not enough, and the whole film falls flat well before the second(!) bookend is resolved. But like I said, the film delivers what was advertised, lots of chances to see Jennifer’s body.