There's always a good girl and a bad girl in a movie like Jennifer's Body
--but in this case the good girl is crazy and the bad girl is way, way evil. At least somebody thinks good girl Needy (Amanda Seyfried, from Mamma Mia!
) is crazy: when the movie begins she's narrating from a psychiatric hospital, and the rest of the film is a flashback that explains her incarceration. It's all connected to longtime friend Jennifer (Megan Fox), a saucy high-school temptress, who mysteriously survives a horrific night out and transforms into a supernaturally powerful force with a taste for human blood. There's certainly some genre kick to this stuff, almost none of which is played straight--how could it be, with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody penning the script? Yes, all those crackly, slang-peppered one-liners you loved (or hated) in Cody's Juno
are back, with a vengeance. There's actually something more honest about the nastiness of the dialogue in Jennifer's Body
, which at least doesn't try to corkscrew back into the heartwarming ambitions of Juno
. Among the targets of Cody's satire are Needy's nice-guy beau (Johnny Simmons), a one-armed toupeed teacher (J.K. Simmons), and a satanic rock singer (Adam Brody). The raging hormones and bodily changes of teendom have always lent themselves to metaphorical usefulness in horror movies, but Cody doesn't ring many new changes on the device, beyond the brutal hilarity of her dialogue. That leaves us with showroom-ready Megan Fox, whose buffed sheen is just right for her soulless character. --Robert Horton
Demon possession, devilish cheerleaders, and satanic rock stars are all on the chopping block with this horror comedy from the production team behind Juno
. Screenwriter Diablo Cody provides the script, with producing duties handled by Jason Reitman and Dan Dubiecki. The story centres on Needy (Amanda Seyfried – Mamma Mia!
), an impish high-school student, who has to protect her town against her beautiful but dangerous best friend Jennifer, (Megan Fox - Transformers
), whose lithe body hides a hungry demon. After being bedevilled by a Satan worshipping rock band, the sexy cheerleader develops a taste for human flesh and starts targeting male students, while the seemingly powerless Needy looks in terror. Girlfight
's Karyn Kusama directs this Fox Atomic production that also stars Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, and Amy Sedaris.