Rating: Unrated and R
Directed by Karyn Kusama
“Sexy temptress Megan Fox is hotter than hell as Jennifer, a gorgeous, seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she’s possessed by a sinister demon. Steamy action and gore galore ensue as the male student body succumbs to Jennifer’s insatiable appetite for human flesh. Now it’s up to her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) to stop Jennifer’s reign of terror before it’s too late!”
“Jennifer’s Body (Unrated)” is not rated. The theatrical version is rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use.
The movie really seemed to hinge on the performance of Megan Fox as Jennifer Check. After all, the movie was named after her character and she’s on all the ads. I figured that would be fine at least until she opened her mouth to deliver dialogue. Based on “Transformers,” she seemed to me to be long on looks and short on acting ability. But I’ll admit that her acting seemed a lot better in “Jennifer’s Body,” probably because she had a better script and a better director to work with. She certainly won’t be winning any Academy Awards, but she did an adequate job in this movie.
The real star of “Jennifer’s Body” is Amanda Seyfried as Needy Lesnicky. I’m impressed with the range of this actress. She went from a twenty-something, singing, bride-to-be in “Mamma Mia!” to a geeky high school girl in “Jennifer’s Body.” She was equally convincing in both roles. Not only that, the role of Needy required her to go from meek wallflower to a tough, kick-butt demon killer. Again, she did both with seeming ease. It’s going to be really interesting to see this actress in future roles.
While on the surface “Jennifer’s Body” has a lot going for it, the biggest problem with the movie is the basic plot. It is very predictable. You could probably guess every beat of every act and be correct. There are no significant twists or turns or even major scares. The only question is how the movie will end, and that question is answered in the opening 5 minutes of the movie as the rest of the story is a flashback. It’s a bit of a disappointment.
I would recommend “Jennifer’s Body” to anyone that would be interested in seeing an R-rated “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Both set horror stories in a high school setting and have strong female leads. This movie just has a bit more blood, sex, and language. If that doesn’t interest you, then you’ll want to pass on this.
They really skimped on the bonus features. You only get three audio commentaries and the unrated version of the movie. If you want deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, or any other standard DVD goodies, you’re out of luck. They may be holding back for some sort of special edition in the future.