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Jennifer's Body (2009)

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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?

Director:

Karyn Kusama

Writer:

Diablo Cody
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Fox ... Jennifer
Amanda Seyfried ... Needy
Johnny Simmons ... Chip Dove
Adam Brody ... Nikolai
Sal Cortez Sal Cortez ... Chas
Ryan Levine Ryan Levine ... Mick
Juan Riedinger ... Dirk
Colin Askey Colin Askey ... Keyboardist
Chris Pratt ... Officer Roman Duda
Juno Rinaldi ... Officer Warzak (as Juno Ruddell)
Kyle Gallner ... Colin Gray
Josh Emerson ... Jonas Kozelle (as Joshua Emerson)
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Wroblewski
Amy Sedaris ... Toni Lesnicki
Cynthia Stevenson ... Mrs. Dove
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jennifer's Body See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,868,397, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$16,204,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,556,061
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Needy tells Low Shoulder that her best friend is a virgin, and she tells Jennifer ,who retorts to needy "I'm not even an anal virgin!" Was changed for later viewings to "I'm not even a backdoor virgin!" See more »

Goofs

Needy does research on the occult and determines that Jennifer is a succubus, a demon which feeds on flesh. A succubus is believed to be a female demon that has intercourse with sleeping men, and does not, in fact, eat flesh. See more »

Quotes

Needy Lesnicky: I've been through the Occult section of the library five times.
Chip Dove: Our library has an Occult section?
Needy Lesnicky: Yeah, it's um, it's really small.
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Over the first part of the credits we are shown the events leading up to the fate of Low Shoulder See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD and Blu-ray releases include an unrated extended cut, which is five minutes longer thanks to over 60 alterations. See more »

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References The David Letterman Show (1980) See more »

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I Can See Clearly Now
Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Screeching Weasel
Courtesy of Asian Man Records/Monona Music LLC
By Arrangement with Railer Entertainment
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The Incompletion of Great Premise...
2 October 2009 | by jaddison383See all my reviews

When Jennifer's Body was first announced to me, I met the idea with cautious curiosity. The idea of Megan Fox playing an evil high school beauty queen who eats the boys she seduces sounded... interesting, to say the least. When the trailer finally emerged, I got excited. Seriously. The combination of thrilling and funny hadn't been explored well at the theater in a long time.

Unfortunately, it still hasn't been explored well; at least not very well. The movie understands what it's going for: a comic horror film with just enough gore and jumps to be jarring and plenty of witty dialogue to stay fresh. The problem is, the two don't seem to meld together very well at any point. It's hard to say whether this has more to do with Diablo Cody's script or Karyn Kusama's direction; neither is at it's full potential here. Although, on recollection of the film, the too-random use of humor sometimes seems to have been the biggest problem.

But let's talk about what works. The leads are both very good. It was Megan Fox who got lots of good buzz about proving she could actually act, but Amanda Seyfried really impressed me more with her edgy role. The performances of both are worthy of accolades. They bring honesty and realism to what could have become total caricatures, and their performances help paint the deeper themes of the movie quite well.

Yes, there are deeper themes. It's not too hard to spot what Ms. Cody is trying to talk about here: The relationships girls have with each other. The whole 'Frenemies' idea that so defines high school girls. It's an interesting concept to examine, and it could have made for a truly entertaining AND thoughtful film.

But it simply isn't. While it wants to get there, it gets too lost in trying to be hip and current and 'alternative' to really become a film. And while the tension builds decently toward the finale, it all leads up to a climax that... doesn't really climax.

However, this is not to say Jennifer's Body isn't worth watching. Hell, I was entertained, and there are some sexy little scenes in there. The disappointment lies in thinking about what the premise promised, a promise that sadly wasn't quite fulfilled... 6/10 stars

Jay Addison


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