Posted: 09/19/2009

 

Jennifer’s Body

(2009)

by Sawyer J. Lahr




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Don’t let her charms or come-ons fool you, Jennifer (Megan Fox) is the hottest girl in high school accidentally transformed into a boy-eating vampire seductress by a spell meant for a virginal sacrifice. This mixed bag of popular genres is inspired by the Japanese-American woman director Karyn Kusama’s favorite pop-horror films Heathers and Nightmare on Elm Street.

A ragtag band of airhead hipsters from the big city descend upon the small town filmed to look like it wasn’t made in Vancouver. The lead singer (Adam Brody, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) parodies the pop-punk band stereotype, very closely resembling Fall Out Boy. What the band does as they mutilate Jennifer’s body is unforgettably comical.

Fox is pitch perfect as the star powered eye-candy the film needed to attract a male audience, but the story’s real heroine is not the long-legged creature sitting on a school desk in the trailer or ads. Needy (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia, Mean Girls) takes Jennifer head on in an angry bitch-match made in Hell. Needy couldn’t be less needy. Her horny, but acccomodating boyfriend Chip have regular and very apparent protected sex. Unlike Juno, Needy has to deal with her blood-sucking vampire best-friend instead of scary abortion clinics.

Diablo Cody’s genre-bending teen-savvy script teamed with Kusama’s love of retro horror raises this homage to the level of Elaine May’s The Hearbreak Kid (1972). Amy Sedaris appears as Needy’s ragged mother with her usual filthy brand of comedy.

Sawyer J. Lahr is Chief Editor of the forthcoming online publication, Go Over the Rainbow. He also writes a monthly film column for Mindful Metropolis, a conscious living magazine in Chicago, IL.



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