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Rated R · 101 minutes · 2009

Comedy, Horror
While this horror-comedy from director Karyn Kusama has some truly scary moments, it’s often derailed by the script from Diablo Cody, who wrote Juno. Megan Fox stars as Jennifer, a high school cheerleader who becomes a demon after an ill-advised ride in an up-and-coming band’s van. Amanda Seyfried plays Needy, the nerdy best friend who witnesses her pal running around at night while covered with blood and flashing demon eyes. There are some sequences that work—I liked Jennifer’s first appearance as a demon, with her creepy, bloody smile—but Cody inserts all sorts of distracting wannabe catchphrases. Do girls really refer to each other as Vagisil or Monistat? Do high school kids call each other “Jello” or “Salty?” Each time one of the characters says something like this, the film feels dated. Too bad, because Fox and Seyfried are decent, and Kusama knows how to handle scares.
Official Site: www.jennifersbody.com
Director: Karyn Kusama
Producer: Daniel Dubiecki, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody
Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Kyle Gallner, Chris Pratt, Cynthia Stevenson, Juno Ruddell, Carrie Genzel, Juan Riedinger, Joshua Emerson, Ryan Levine and Sal Cortez

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Charleston City Paper Diablo Cody pens a demon-possessed stinker with Jennifer's Body Now I get what everyone was bitching about last year with Juno. You know, all that stuff about how screenwriter Diablo Cody's dialogue was too self-conscious and how Cody desperately trying to sound cool and hip even to the point of distraction. It didn't bother me with that film because the characters felt real — the way they talked may have been a bit artificial, but it helped create a heightened sense of reality for a situation that was all about underscoring the awkwardness of being a pregnant high schooler. by MaryAnn Johanson 09/23/2009
The Coast Halifax Jennifer's Body talk Though Juno was a huge success, screenwriter Diablo Cody is still answering the same lame questions about her zip-quick dialogue style. by Tara Thorne 09/17/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Age of Stupid: Live from New York; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Love Happens and more. 09/17/2009
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Portland Mercury Still Tappable Jennifer's Body: Your average sensitive teen slasher pic. by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey 09/17/2009
The Coast Halifax Jennifer's Body goes for gutsy Finally, a thriller that's funny, gross with a killer soundtrack. by Tara Thorne 09/17/2009
Chicago Reader A Supernatural Bitch How exactly is Diablo Cody's update of the rape-revenge shocker "feminist"? by Noah Berlatsky 09/24/2009

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