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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?

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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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... Jennifer
... Needy
... Chip Dove
... Nikolai
Sal Cortez ... Chas
Ryan Levine ... Mick
... Dirk
Colin Askey ... Keyboardist
... Officer Roman Duda
... Officer Warzak (as Juno Ruddell)
... Colin Gray
... Jonas Kozelle (as Joshua Emerson)
... Mr. Wroblewski
... Toni Lesnicki
... Mrs. Dove
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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

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

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Comedy | Horror

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

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18 September 2009 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,868,397, 20 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,204,793, 20 November 2009
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Diablo Cody wrote the screenplay for the film in 2006, the same year she wrote Juno (2007). See more »

Goofs

When Jennifer is lighting her tongue with the lighter, her hair is front of her ear in distant shots, then behind her ear in the close-up. See more »

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Jennifer Check: [Having been stabbed in the stomach and bleeding profusely] Got a tampon?
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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 »

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Referenced in Family Guy: The Dating Game (2017) 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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Feast and Famine
30 September 2009 | by 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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