22 June 2010

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

At first glance, Jennifer’s Body looks like another teen girl possessed by a demon goes on a killing spree movie. But it’s more than that. The pairing of writer Diablo Cody ( Juno , United States of Tara ) and director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight Aeon Flux) gives this film more character than the usual teen kill fest. It also has more to it than a scantily clad, blood soaked Megan Fox. Although you wouldn’t know that from the film’s publicity.

Anita "Needy" Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried – Veronica Mars, Mean Girls) is not the prettiest or most popular girl at school, but her best friend, Jennifer Check (Megan Fox – Transformers, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People), is. They are out one night when Jennifer ignores her friend’s advice, runs off with a touring rock band, becomes possessed by a demon, and starts seducing and killing people. No one will believe Needy when she tries to explain what is going on, so she sets out to fix the problem herself.

Jennifer may be the titled star, but the story revolves around quirky outsider Needy, who is stronger and more astute than people realise. There is sex and violence, but the film is laced with comedy and clever dialogue that creates a level of complexity above and beyond the usual for the genre. Juno meets Carrie.

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