It took me some time to get around to watching Karyn Kusama's Jennifer's Body. I admit that after I read a few less than stellar reviews about the film, I thought It really wasn't going to be worth it; color me wrong!
With a script by Juno scribe, Diablo Cody, Jennifer's Body sparkles with witty life - it's a slice of Grand Guignol layer cake served up at the senior prom - a warped view of teen angst and suppressed sexuality. But more than anything, it's a romp on the wild side, and a hell of a lot of fun.
In the less than bucolic hamlet of Devil's Kettle ( a town noted for its water fall and strange whirlpool), Needy (Amanda Seyfried), a nerdy high-school student makes the scene with the school's most desired co-ed, Jennifer (Megan Fox). Like Felix Unger and Oscar Madison before them, this odd couple causes others to scratch their heads and wonder what the attraction is. Early on, one of Needy's classmates makes a rather crude comment about the rather sapphic overtones of the girl's relationship. Needy does not seem to care, in fact she seems thrilled to always be the apple of her gorgeous friend's eye.
From early on, it's obvious that Jennifer is the alpha dog amongst the twosome, and, like a love sick, slightly abused puppy, Needy puts up with Jennifer, her whims, and even her slightly contumelious outbursts. Such things seem the price one would pay to have a BFF of Jennifer's stature.
One night, the girls go to a seedy bar to hear a local band, and a horrific fire breaks out killing quite a few of the patrons. Luckily the girls escape harm, and while in the parking lot, Jennifer, inexplicably agrees to take a ride with the band (who have also escaped unscathed), and that's when the real fun begins.
Once Jennifer's Body starts the roller-coaster in motion, it does not stop until the damn thing has flown off the tracks and smashed into the merry-go-round - yes, it's that fucking good!
Any film that can show a deer eating the guts of dead football player, explain why certain talentless bands become world famous, feature Amy Sedaris as someone's tough talking mom, and then dig a bit deeper to explore the way a toxic relationship can ruin the lives of those involved is aces in my book.
In spite of all of the witty dialogue, blood letting and tomfoolery that ensues, Jennifer's Body also manages to produce one particularly gut wrenching scene that features a favorite actress here at Billy Loves Stu, Gabrielle Rose. Rose plays the mother of one of Jennifer's victims, and her reaction to the antic's of her son's poser friends at the funeral is absolutely heart breaking. Once again, Ms. Rose proves herself to be one of the finest actresses out there today.If you are looking for a treat, then by all means, check out Jennifer's Body, I am confident you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was with what you find when you take a deeper look.