The writer and producer of this movie, Diablo Cody, was the person behind the Oscar-winning film "Juno," and in my opinion, is a writer to be respected.¬† She has a great way of creating dialogue that sits in a world inbetween fantasy and reality, while keeping it very funny and thoughtful...much the same Kevin Smith¬†used to do¬†in the '90s.¬† (Sorry Kevin, you had a good run.)¬† But in "Jennifer's Body" that style got the tone of the movie wrong.¬† You can't have a movie that is a horror comedy spoofing it one second and snarky the next.¬† I enjoy both¬†types but combining both in the same movie is just confusing.¬† A movie like "Shawn of the Dead" was a perfect horror comedy because it was a great horror movie that happened to be funny. ¬†There are some scenes in "Jennifer's Body" that are legitimately chilling. ¬†It's easy and satisfying to have a demonic possession movie use long-lasting images stay on a screen with no action, just to freak you out. ¬†And the star of the film, the stunning Megan Fox, seemed like she reveled in doing that. ¬†You can see the macabre, blood-filled smile on her face is almost indistinguishable from whether or not it's the character "Jennifer's" or Megan's. ¬†The same blurry line of real and fictitious emotion can be said for co-star Amanda Seyfried ("Big Love," "Mamma Mia!") and her looks of being creeped out. ¬†Both girls are really good in this. ¬†Director Karyn Kusama is also really good, although she lets her fascination with lesbianism get the best of her with a very sensual scene between the two stars that has absolutely no purpose in the film at all (although I did enjoy watching it). ¬†The problem for this movie comes squarely on the shoulders of Cody and her ridiculous script. ¬†I honestly feel like giving this movie a much worse grade than I gave it just to punish it for coming so close to being a good movie and then crashing and burning as badly as it did. ¬†There is one single scene that was the tipping scale for me. ¬†"Jennifer's Body" had me! ¬†I was buying all of it and enjoying most of it until the scene that explains what happened to Jennifer that was so poorly done that it just made me angry. ¬†It wasn't funny, it wasn't scary, it wasn't good storytelling. ¬†It was lazy and stupid. ¬†In fact it was so stupid that I didn't even care about what happened in the rest of the film. ¬†I sat there half concentrating on the climax of the movie, while the other half of me was still dwelling on how a good movie could go so wrong. ¬†Pity too since you'd think someone with the first name Diablo would do a great job writing a movie about the demons.
Jennifer's Body (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: C