Jennifer's Body (2009) starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, Chris Pratt, J.K. Simmons directed by Karyn Kusama Movie Review

Jennifer's Body (2009)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Megan Fox as Jennifer Check in Jennifer's Body

Megan Fox's Body

Technically "Jennifer's Body" is a comedy horror movie, we have a High School beauty who becomes possessed and needs to eat the flesh and drink the blood of male victims to sustain herself. The trouble is that as a horror movie "Jennifer's Body" is not very good, it's not very frightening or funny and despite some various dressing up is not that original. The knock on effect of this is that "Jennifer's Body" becomes about one thing and that is Megan Fox's body and whilst Megan Fox certainly has a body it is not enough to sustain a movie.

Nerdy Needy (Amanda Seyfried - Mamma Mia!) and High School beauty Jennifer (Megan Fox - How to Lose Friends & Alienate People) are total opposites yet have been best friends from childhood. But when a trip to a gig ends in disaster and a fire something comes between them as Jennifer returns a different being with a thirst for blood. As various boys at the school start dying in gruesome ways Needy must uncover the truth as to what has happened to her friend before her boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons - Evan Almighty) becomes the next victim.

Amanda Seyfried as Needy in Jennifer's Body

"Jennifer's Body" actually starts off quite well, we are taken to some sort of sanatorium where we meet Needy who has been incarcerated and is a violent person. And as it takes us back to the start and into the town of Devil's Kettle it becomes intriguing because of a waterfall which disappears down a hole, it's clever and actually based on a real waterfall with just a little change. But then "Jennifer's Body" sort of goes nowhere as we meet Needy and Jennifer, total opposites, best friends for life and well not much else.

Now I say not much else because what follows is Jennifer becoming possessed and in doing so becoming a man eater, quite literally. We watch as she devours victims, each time rejuvenating her body till eventually she decides to go after Needy's boyfriend Chip. Oh there are other things, a quirky teacher with a false arm, a Goth kid and some other minor points including what is a quite amusing sex scene. But it all feels so familiar and whilst there are moments of cleverness such as Jennifer needing to feast on a male to regain her beauty what happens is not that special.

And to be honest for a horror movie it's not that shocking either with not a single moment making you jump. So okay "Jennifer's Body" is a comedy horror and so some of the horror is meant to be amusing but to be honest it isn't. And that is a huge disappointment because the best shock and laugh comes in the first few minutes and then after that it just doesn't really work.

The knock on effect of this is that rather than "Jennifer's Body" being about the comedy and horror it becomes about Megan Fox's body, not her acting her body. And as I already mentioned Megan Fox has a body, she also has a face and both are very nice but there is only so much entertainment which can be got from a deadly, sexy man eater. In fact the most entertaining scene has nothing to do with Jennifer seducing a boy although she is seducing someone!

Whilst "Jennifer's Body" ends up becoming Megan Fox's Body the performance from Amanda Seyfried is more entertaining and she does come across as a bit needy, the nerdy friend of the school beauty. The scenes she shares with Megan Fox are entertaining but those she shares with Johnny Simmons who plays Chip her boyfriend are where the comedy works especially when it comes to a comical sex scene.

What this all boils down to is that "Jennifer's Body" as a comedy horror isn't great, in fact it is barely average because it is neither very funny or frightening. In fact the whole thing ends up so ordinary that it does become a movie all about Megan Fox's body rather than anything else.