Jennifer’s Body – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Jennifer’s Body
Movie stars come and go. Some grow into icons and will never be forgotten, but most only enjoy a short period of relevance. Megan Fox became world famous for her role in Transformers. Her acting might not have been extraordinary, but her perfect posture proved seductive and enthused teenage boys all over the world. And that is kind of what Jennifer’s Body centres on – but is that really enough to base a movie on?

The Plot
Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) and Needy Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried) have been best friends since their time in the sandbox. Even though Jennifer grew up to be a popular cheerleader and Needy turned into a nerdy bookworm, their friendship remained true.

When rock band Low Shoulder comes into town to perform at their local bar Jennifer gets really excited and convinces Needy to tag along for a night of fun-filled partying. Things turn south when the bar gets caught on fire during the concert. Jennifer and Needy make it out but only for Jennifer to be taken by the members of the band. They turn out to be a group of Satan worshippers and use Jennifer as a virgin sacrifice. The thing is, Roman Duda (Chris Pratt), had already been all over that booty. This makes the sacrifice impure and allows for a demon to slip into Jennifer’s body and turns her into a bloodthirsty succubus.

Should I Watch It?
Jennifer’s Body is a combination of seduction, murder, and cringeworthy teen poetry. The film has a R-rating, but after watching the movie I do not really understand why. There is little onscreen violence and no onscreen nudity. I guess the suggestiveness itself was enough.

The story is pretty generic but not completely without merit. I like that Jennifer gets turned into a succubus rather than a vampire, werewolf, or zombie. And I like that the script occasionally gets really campy.

The acting is exactly what you expect from a horror film. It is not great but also not terrible. Fox has a couple of cool scenes, but I would not call them memorable.

I think it is safe to say that nobody has any illusions on this being a great movie. It really is not. But that is okay. Not every movie shoots for the stars. A lot of movies are not made to raise the bar; they are simply made to entertain. And for a select audience, mainly teenage boys, Jennifer’s Body does entertain. But not enough for me to recommend it.

No, don’t watch it.


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