“Jennifer’s Body” is a cynical, heavy handed and occasionally scary follow-up to “Juno” from screenwriter Diablo Cody. In interviews, Cody said she wanted flip the horror standard and have a girl be the villain and the guys the victims; to say that’s groundbreaking is to ignore the whole history of horror films (one thing that makes this one different is that ALL the victims are dudes, but certainly there have been many female villains and female heroes through the years).
However, I’ll give “Jennifer’s Body” this: the flesh-eating title villain is quite creepy looking when she’s working those fangs and chowing down on intestines. This movie isn’t for the squeamish — there’s one scene where Jennifer cups her hands and laps up blood from a corpse like it’s water from a brook.
“Jennifer’s Body” will hold your attention, but you’ll forget it quickly. Sure, it has nice bits of dialogue that reflect how young people talk. For example, Jennifer tells her best friend, who suspects she is evil, to “Move on dot org already.” Cody’s dialogue is fun, and the film has a dark sense of humor overall — Seth Cohen from “The O.C.” heads up an indie band of cute guys who resort to demon worship in lieu of a Letterman gig.
The demon-worshipping band has a great song, “Through the Trees” — really, it’s a catchy tune that made me want to seek out the soundtrack — but the movie turns it into a joke by having the whole town rally around it.
I know the cynicism is purposeful, but I guess I expected more of a silver lining from the woman behind “Juno.” This film takes a relentlessly dark view of human behavior.
Before this review is over, I should probably mention that a certain It Girl stars in “Jennifer’s Body.” And she’s almost worth the price of admission, but I don’t like how they dressed her down with the nerd glasses. I remember her as being so much hotter as Veronica Mars’ flashback-starring best friend. We are talking about Amanda Seyfried, right?
Oh, you wanted to know if Megan Fox is worth seeing. Sure, if you’re on that bandwagon. She plays the evil, flesh-eating girl. Yeah, she’s attractive … yawn … in a predictable sort of way. That’s what they were going for in this role, though.
Also, if you are hoping to see vampires in “Jennifer’s Body,” you’re out of luck, although you wouldn’t know that from the marketing campaign.
Exhibit A: A poster from “Jennifer’s Body.”
Exhibit B: The Season 1 DVD cover art for “True Blood,” which came out several months ago.
Maybe by having the tongue licking the other side of the mouth, they avoided a lawsuit.
Now that’s scary.