Jennifer’s Body (2009)Tuesday, 17. July 2012
Jennifer (Megan Fox) and Needy (Amanda Seyfried) have been best friends since about forever, even though by now Jennifer is the school’s most popular girl and Needy is kind of a geek. But everything changes when the two of them head to a concert by the up and coming band Low Shoulder. The band plans to insure their success by sacrificing a virgin – a plan that horribly backfires when they mistakenly think that Jennifer was one. Suddenly Needy finds herself with a pretty evil best friend.
I was one of the few people who were not utterly enchanted by Juno and also Jennifer’s Body didn’t convince me of Diablo Cody’s writing in general. That being said I did like this movie much better than I thought I would. Especially every time it got out its sense of humor.
Diablo Cody is funny. The script definitely has its moments and had me laughing a couple of times. Especially every time when Low Shoulder comes up – who knew that Adam Brody isn’t only pretty, but has nice comedic timing, too? But her dialogues only work in a very artificial way and sometimes I just wished for a little more natural charm.
But the cast was really nice. Both Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox were brilliant in their roles and as usual I enjoyed the hell out of J. K. Simmons (and out of the 5 seconds of Chris Pratt). The soundtrack was also really nice.
But the whole time I felt like the movie was trying to tell me something about gender politics and about sex but every attempt at cohesive interpretation falls apart. I mean, both Jennifer and Needy are fully in charge of their sexuality, which is great. And Jennifer’s lack of virginity saves her life, but it also makes her evil. And when Needy sleeps with her boyfriend, she gets disturbing visions and it just looks extremely uncomfortable. Which is not exactly sex-positive. I enjoyed the damsel of distress reversal though, where the damsel is Needy’s boyfriend (but it would also be nice to not have a damsel at all at one point).
The most satisfying part of it though is the way Jennifer’s and Needy’s friendship works. It’s a difficult relationship and not one I would describe as completely healthy but it’s an intriguing one that’s interesting to explore.