maybe my favorite movie of the entire 2000s decade ... sharp, also blunt, hilarious, clever, full of awful catchy lingo, incredibly memorable performances, subtlety when it calls for subtlety, camp extremity when that's called for ... who wants to pay me to write a think-piece on why this movie was ROBBED of the acclaimed, generation-defining status it deserves?
I am so surprised by how much I liked this, and how open to analysis of themes of sexual trauma, gender performance and female relationships it is. it engages with certain female horror tropes very interestingly and provocatively, and of course femme fatale + corrupted girl next door in a homoerotic relationship is a classic put in a modern setting.
People hate on this but I don't know if they mean the movie or the previews for it. A dark, brooding Diablo Cody tale à la Heathers. Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried fit these personalities well. It just makes me sad. How come no one talks about the rape in this story? It's a film about female agency and lack thereof, which can be horrifying.
A deliciously wacky satire that could have used more full-tilt crazy and less lackluster dialogue. Its underwhelming ending would have played better as a proper epilogue, not a credit sequence. Sometimes one-trick ponies need a few more tricks to keep the show going.
Between the sharp, pointed tongue of the script's writer, Ms. Diablo Cody, and the superb young cast that made this movie a very fun ride, I was thrust into a world of demonized goodness. Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried do work well together, especially considering how different their characters are from one another. J.K. Simmons is also quite witty as a teacher with a claw (and hair!). Definitely worth the time.
Diablo Cody talks a big game about the film industry (the mediocrity, the lack of female filmmakers, etc.), but when she herself actually steps up to the plate it always feels forced and insincere. Even if you ignore the dialogue, the rest is just put together from the usual boring trappings of ‘horror-comedy’: the cartoonish violence, stunt casting (oh look Amy Sedaris plays the mother hahaha), and irony to no end.
Besides a flashback sacrifice scene that successfully achieves well-timed dark comedy and horror, Jennifer's Body is too overtly safe to make these two genres work due to screenwriter Diablo Cody's unrefined narrative and irritatingly flippant dialogue that diffuses the horror and dramatic scenes. I'm glad this unnatural, Scream-esque style largely died after the 1990's. It's akin to gothic posturing, like mall emos.
Not as bad as its reputation. "Jennifer's Body" has fine cinematography, good performances and yes, there are layers to the story and the female viewpoint is somewhat fresh to horror comedies. Yet the problem is that it takes itself too seriously. As long as the mood is comic, it works; when it tries to be earnest, it doesn’t. Perhaps they - or the producers - played it too safe.