Irish Film Institute -Jennifer’s Body

Jennifer’s Body

Director: Karyn Kusama

USA • 2009 • 101 min

On paper, it sounds utterly terrifying for all the wrong reasons: Transformers babe Megan Fox stars in the latest high-school flick from Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Thankfully, Jennifer’s Body delivers the bloody goods and wry Cody quips with an equal amount of lurid panache, resulting in a slick, sick slasher flick of note – and try saying that after a few pints. The eponymous Jennifer (Fox) is a va-va-voomy small-town teenage temptress with a guilty little secret; thanks to a run-in with a Satan-worshipping rock band, she’s been possessed by a demon with a taste for teenage flesh. Bummer. The only person who can stop her? Her nerdy best friend Needy (Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried) – if she fails Jennifer’s going to eat her boyfriend. Chanelling the spirit of ’80s classics like Fright Night and Heathers, Jennifer’s Body is lots of fun, although Fox can’t compete with veteran character actor J.K. Simmons – J. Jonah Jameson in the Spiderman movies – who pops up as a bewigged, one-handed schoolteacher. Now that’s what we call a scene-stealer.

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