Jennifer's Body (2009)

Genre(s): History
Fox || Unrated - 107 minutes - $29.99 || December 29, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-12-29


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer(s): Diablo Cody (written by)
Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, Sal Cortez, J.K. Simmons


Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Select-Scene Commentary


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 2.0), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís hard to believe that despite all the buzz that Jenniferís Body received, mainly about this being Megan Foxís big solo role away from those giant machines, it still flopped in theaters and performed well-below industry expectations. The flick managed to gross under $20 million worldwide its entire theatrical run, which caused concern not only for her career but also writer Diablo Codyís as well. Thankfully, Iím here to tell you that this horror flick is actually more bite than bark and is a fun horror movie with violence. Oh, and Megan Fox is in it.

Jennifer (Megan Fox) is your average incredibly hot, lavish, and hot cheerleader. Sheís clearly the popular one at the school, yet still has a best friend in Needy (Amanda Seyfried) who is, in fact, the dorky girl. Needy is dating Chip (Johnny Simmons), and Jennifer dates, well, no one right now but has her eyes set on some local crappy band thatís playing at some gig close by. She drags Needy to see the show, where Needy overhears the fact that the band only wants virgins to be groupies of theirs and lets Jennifer know this. The band plays their song and suddenly the bar catches on fire, engulfing most of the audience although Jennifer and Needy make it out okay.

One of the band members sees the two girls escaping and offers them a lift home, to which only Jennifer accepts and Needy heads on her own way. Mind you, tons of people just burned to death but everything seems normal for the two girls. That is, until Jennifer shows up at Needyís house in the middle of the night covered in blood and spewing animal guts all over the place. Jennifer heads back to her abandoned house or wherever she lives, and Needy shrugs it off on the alcohol. The next day though at school things get even weirder for her, as Jennifer acts even more strangely to her and also devours the remaining kids at the school. It turns out that something happened to Jennifer that night, and itís up to Needy and Chip to solve the mystery of... Jenniferís Body. Sorry, I had to throw that in there.

Yeah Iím not going to lie; this really has some of the worst lines ever. I expected much more from Diablo Cody (writer of that Juno film) in her follow-up, and instead we get lines here where the characters literally break the fourth wall with their stupidity. The goth kids in the movie are so grossly overcast and misused that itís unbearable since I think Iím dating one at the time Iím typing this. During the funeral scene for one of the Goths, the other girl Goths talk about ďI wish I could be buried in the ground with youĒ or something ridiculous. No one says that at a funeral, especially the Goths that I know of.

Furthermore, the story takes a little while to get started. Oh, and the story clearly borrowed from the NBC show ďHeroesĒ in the fact that Jennifer can heal herself (like Claire) instantly whenever sheís cut. The fact that Needy is so mundane and peaceful about the fact her best friend is killing people is astonishing, or the idea that she doesnít care that many people died that night and merely brushes it off. The casting of J.K. Simmons as a teacher is also a joke, as heís neither funny nor does he provide any sort of value to the movie. They probably could have saved some bucks getting rid of his character all together since he does zilch for the flick.

The horror aspect of the movie in all honesty really is here and is apparent from the get-go. The problem is that itís masked by the crappy writing from Cody and the film canít take itself seriously for one dang second. Instead, we get too many jokes instead of the scare factor which would have worked wonders for this flick. I overall though enjoyed the movie, as I thought it was funny at the right times and a bit scary at others. It would have been loads better though without the crappy dialogue though, so shame on you Cody.

For clarities sake, and the fact Iíll probably forget, but for purposes of this review I watched the extended cut since I had already seen the theatrical release in theaters back in September. The extended cut is about five minutes longer, and Iím fairly certain there were an extra scene or two thrown in and pretty sure the Needy/Jennifer scene (you know which one) was a bit longer.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Karyn Kusama and Diablo Cody (Theatrical Cut Only): Cody and Kusama team-up for the lone commentary on this track, as they point out the plot direction of the movie and talk about the cast of characters. There is a considerable amount of down-time on this track, so those looking to listen to a track with a lot of action and knowledge should probably look elsewhere. I will say that when the duo does talk they do so in length, and then stop talking abruptly.

Commentary by Karyn Kusama (Extended Cut Only) (30 minutes): This differs from the previous one, as this just has Kusama talking about select scenes rather than the entire movie. I think this is just lazy, as she discusses a bunch of the movie so why not record a commentary for the whole thing?



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Due to the DVD that I was sent being watermarked, I canít accurately rate the video. When a non-watermarked copy comes in I will update the score accordingly.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is on the low-side of things, as I struggled to hear dialogue most of the time when I watched the extended cut. Dialogue also wasnít the best clarity wise, as when I could hear it there were many points where I couldnít actually understand what was being said. Surround sound on the other hand was quite good, as the few action scenes that were in the film came from the right directions and were both loud and equally engaging. This track would have been so much better if the levels had been tweaked and adjusted better, but instead we get just another average track that needs some work done to it.



.::OVERALL::.

Despite the fact that Jenniferís Body is somewhat of a horror/spoof film rolled into one, itís still a fun time with many jokes and the horror element thrown in for good measure. I canít fully rate the technical package quite yet, but Iím glad and disappointed at the same time with the extras. I love the fact that we get two commentaries (one for each version of the movie) then at the same time Iím disappointed that only one is a full-feature commentary and the other is scene-specific. I think the film is worth a purchase based on the fact that Megan Fox is in it, and the fact thereís a story here too. I forget what the story was, but hey... Megan Fox is in it.