Jennifer's Body (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner04/11/2009

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 102 mins

Blackly comic teen horror with a great script by Diablo Cody and a pair of terrific central performances by Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried.

What's it all about?
Directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Diablo Cody, Jennifer's Body stars Amanda Seyfried as nerdy high school student Anita “Needy” Lesnicki, who's best friends with the hottest girl in school, Jennifer Check (Megan Fox). When both girls narrowly escape a deadly fire at a local gig, Needy is horrified when Jennifer gets into the van with the band, fronted by lead singer Nikolai (Adam Brody), who clearly has something evil in mind.

Sure enough, Jennifer reappears at Needy's door hours later, covered in blood and behaving very strangely. And when it turns out that someone is mutilating her male classmates, Needy puts two and two together and realises she has to stop Jennifer before it's too late.

The Good
Fox is perfectly cast as the smoking hot Jennifer and she has surprisingly strong chemistry with Seyfried; their make-out scene is a shoo-in for this year's Best Kiss MTV Movie Award. Seyfried is excellent, convincingly portraying both the darkness (Needy narrates the film from a prison for the criminally insane) and the sweetness of her character, whilst subtly suggesting that her feelings for Jennifer might go beyond just friendship.

In addition, there's strong support from Johnny Simmons (as Needy's boyfriend Chip), whilst both Adam Brody and JK Simmons (as a one-armed teacher) have a lot of fun playing slightly against type in small but sharply written roles.

The Great
As you'd expect from the writer of Juno, the script crackles with quotable, frequently funny dialogue, though it's not as self-consciously in-your-face hip as it was in Juno and there's nothing as cringe-inducing as ‘Honest to blog’ (though ‘Move on dot org’ comes close). The script is also laced with jet-black humour, which works well, while also making amusing digs at high school life (Needy describes Jennifer as ‘actual evil, not just high school evil’) and not-so-subtly equating Jennifer's ‘mood swings’ with PMS.

The only problem is that the 15 certificate means that the film skimps on both gore and nudity, though there's more of the former than the latter.

Worth seeing?
Jennifer’s Body is an enjoyable teen horror with terrific performances and a nice line in jet-black humour thanks to Diablo Cody's excellent script. Recommended.

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