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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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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Jennifer and Needy had more blatant sexual tension in the original script, as a reflection of teenage curiosity and experimentation with the same sex. They were even originally going to have a sex scene in the film. 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

Jennifer Check: You're such a player-hater.
Needy Lesnicky: And you're a jerk.
Jennifer Check: Nice insult, Hannah Montana. You got any more harsh digs?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Angel Heart (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Violet
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 Jonny_NumbSee 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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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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