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Jennifer's Body (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  18 September 2009 (USA)
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A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ryan Levine ...
Colin Askey ...
Juno Ruddell ...
Jonas Kozelle (as Joshua Emerson)


Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy Lesnicki, and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer Check are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy's male classmates are steadily killed in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend's transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend Chip. Written by The Massie Twins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's evil... and not just high school evil.


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diabólica tentación  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,868,397 (USA) (18 September 2009)


$16,204,793 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Colin invites Jennifer to "Rocky Horror at the Bijou," a reference to a student-run movie theater at the University of Iowa. Diablo Cody graduated from the University of Iowa. See more »


After Melody Lane catches on fire and Needy and Jennifer are outside kneeling in the parking lot it is obvious that there are no lenses in Needy's classes as there is no reflection of the fire. See more »


Needy Lesnicky: [after Colin asks Jennifer out] Colin's really nice.
Jennifer Check: He listens to maggot rock. He wears nail polish. My dick is bigger than his.
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Crazy Credits

Over the first part of the credits we are shown the events leading up to the fate of Low Shoulder See more »


References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Written by Eric Erlandson and Courtney Love
Performed by Hole
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Feast and Famine
30 September 2009 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Winning an Oscar for a first film is a perilous position for a screenwriter to be in, for with adulation comes high expectation, and with high expectation comes hype that is almost always self-defeating. Such is the case with "Jennifer's Body," the sophomore script from Diablo ("Juno") Cody, which takes an uncomfortable union of concept, content, and direction (by Karyn Kusama), and transforms it into a film I really WANTED to like, but in the end couldn't. Marketed as a hip, self-aware horror flick, it never delivers much beyond the norm of the genre (it follows firmly in the tradition of Kevin Williamson, who gave us "Scream" and "The Faculty" over a decade ago), and passages of heartfelt emotion are shortchanged for ridiculous horror segues (an indie band sacrifices a virgin to make a pact with the Devil, for instance) and Cody's own contrived linguistic quirks. The quirks worked for "Juno," which told a dramatic story populated by fully realized characters and peppered with moments of bittersweet humor. "Jennifer's Body" almost succeeds based on the strength of its central duo: the titular cheerleader (Megan Fox) and her bespectacled, dorky BFF, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), who undergo serious issues when Jennifer becomes a literal man-eater; the bond between them is so palpable and effective that it almost saves the film when it goes off into the realm of bloodshed and digital trickery. If Cody's script can't find a balance between the horror, the humor, and the pathos, director Kusama steers the film even more erratically, resulting in a tone that remains unsettled until the very end. Ultimately, "Jennifer's Body" has its share of visually arresting moments and fine performances (particularly Seyfried's), but it has much less to offer than its obvious (and far superior) influences: Jacques Tourneur's (and Paul Schrader's) "Cat People" and the "Ginger Snaps" trilogy (which took the metaphorical monstrosity of puberty and its own clever dialog into much more exciting territory).

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