Jennifer's Body: DVD, Blu-ray Movie Review (2010)

1/02/2010 Posted by Admin

DVD, Blu-ray Movie Review

“Jennifer’s Body”

Directed by Karyn Kusama, written by Diablo Cody, 102 minutes, rated R.

By Christopher Smith

Karyn Kusama's "Jennifer’s Body,” really is about Megan Fox’s body, which is honed and toned into the sort of flawless shape that many would have appreciated had people actually turned out to see the movie, which they didn’t upon its initial theatrical release.

Now that it's available on DVD and Blu-ray disc, well, we'll see, especially since the movie itself could have benefitted by going under the knife....

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody wrote the script, and God only know what she was thinking (a new kitchen?).

The story she cranked out is reduced to this: Jennifer (Fox) is longtime best friends with the less-attractive Needy Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried), whose name sounds something like “lesbian” because lesbian undercurrents run throughout the movie. Isn’t that clever? So is this: Their friendship is a classic cliche--pretty girl boosts her self-esteem by sticking close to a friend who will fuel it.

That’s Needy for you. She’ll do anything for Jennifer, including going into some random bar where some random Satanic band is playing some random rock music. Convinced Jennifer is a virgin (ha, ha, ha), the band members decide to scurry her away into their van and then do all sorts of uncool voodoo stuff to her. The result? Jennifer and her body are turned into some sort of blood-munching demon thing while poor Needy’s life becomes a hot hell-fire mess because of it.

“Jennifer’s Body” has issues. It wants to walk that fine line between comedy and horror. On paper, this is why Cody was an inspired choice to write the script--as anyone who saw “Juno” knows, Cody has a way with a cutting quip.

Unfortunately, her wit is wasted here, party because she doesn’t seem inspired by her own material and partly because Fox doesn’t have the required bite to carry off the good writing when it hits. Essentially, she’s a poseur posing onscreen, and while she looks great doing so, you wish there was some intelligence within that body to give the movie the boost it needs.

Grade: C-

View the trailer for "Jennifer's Body" here:

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