JENNIFER’S BODY

Yawn.

I’m not a horror aficionado and even I didn’t find anything new or interesting in Jennifer’s Body.

The hype that this female screenwriter and female director were providing a feminist revisionist take on the genre turns out to be an unfulfilled promise. Despite its unsubtleties, the male-written and -directed Teeth had much more, well, teeth in its gender-avenging role-reversal.

Even the film’s half-baked commentary on community behavior after traumatic events like Columbine and 9/11 is never followed through — even unsatisfactorily.

The best thing about Diablo Cody’s script is that, while not exactly kept to a minimum, there are admittedly fewer Junoisms than in Juno. Although this is an improvement quantitatively, it is qualitatively worse because now  it sticks out like a sore thumb whenever a character says that something is “freaktarded” or tells someone to “get over it and MoveOn.org”. The most amusing character turns out to be Adam Brody as the lead singer of a success-obsessed emo band.

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One thought on “JENNIFER’S BODY

  1. johnlebaptiste says:

    Jennifer’s Body is the best film I’ve never seen, and I’ve never seen a lot. The way Jennifer chomped on the nose of a strutting, punked-out hunk, and by extension, patriarchy, really forced me to examine myself and to change my ways. Immediately after watching it I went home and made my mum a cup of tea and put some biscuits on that nice saucer that she likes. Thanks Diablo Cody! I’m a reformed man!

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