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This article contains indepth information about the dark comedy/horror film, Jennifer's Body.
Jennifer's Body is a 2009 dark comedy and horror film written by Diablo Cody. The film is directed by Karyn Kusama and stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody. It was released in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2009 with an R-rating. The title is a reference to a song from Hole's album Live Through This. Another song from the album, "Violet", is played over the end credits.
Nerdy, reserved bookworm Anita "Needy" Lesnicki
(Amanda Seyfried) and arrogant, conceited flag girl Jennifer Check (Megan Fox)
have been best friends "since the sandbox", although they share little in
common. One night, Jennifer drags Needy to a local dive bar to attend a concert
by indie rock band Low Shoulder, with eyes on its blithely evil lead singer,
Nikolai Wolf (Adam Brody). While flirting with Wolf, Jennifer insinuates that
she is a virgin. A disastrous fire destroys the bar, and Jennifer ends up
leaving the bar with the band, who take her into the woods, where she learns
that the band is worshiping Satan, and that Wolf intends to use her as a virgin
sacrifice in order to gain fame. However, as Jennifer was not a virgin, the
demon spirit takes over her body. Later that evening, Jennifer appears at
Needy's house, covered in blood, looking vacant, and vomits a trail of "black
ferromagnetic fluid." The following morning, Jennifer appears fine, and Needy
slowly deduces that Jennifer is eating the bodies of boys to survive.
Jennifer's Body is the follow-up to writer and producer Diablo Cody's and Jason Reitman's collaboration efforts on
In October 2007, Fox Atomic pre-emptively purchased the rights to Cody's script
with Megan Fox to star. Peter Rice, who oversees both Fox Searchlight and Fox
Atomic, brought in the project as Fox Searchlight had previously distributed
Cody's film, Juno. Mason Novick and Reitman's producing parter Dan
Dubiecki signed as producers in November 2007 with plans to produce the film
under Hard C, which is housed at Fox Searchlight. Reitman commented, "We want to
make unusual films, and anything that turns a genre on its ear interests Dan and
I." Karyn Kusama was announced as director in January 2008.
Megan Fox was in negotiations to star as Jennifer since the film was announced in 2007, and was officially cast in October 2007. In February 2008, Amanda Seyfried was cast as Needy, the "plain Jane" best friend to Fox's character. Chud.com reported that the filmmakers were looking at actual rock band members Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte to portray male lead Nikolai Wolf. Also considered was actor Chad Michael Murray. In March 2008, actor Johnny Simmons was reportedly cast as Nikolai. However, Adam Brody was officially cast in the role of Nikolai, while Simmons was then given the role of Chip.
In late 2007, Fox Atomic had plans to film Jennifer's Body before a
possible writer's strike. However, when the Writers Guild of America strike
began, shooting was then moved to March 7, 2008 in Burnaby, British Columbia,
specifically at Robert Burnaby Park near Cariboo Hill Secondary School. Some of
the scenes, particularly those situated in a school setting, were filmed in
local Vancouver-area schools, such as Vancouver Technical Secondary School,
Langley Secondary School and University Hill Secondary School.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregate website
Rotten Tomatoes reports the film as holding a 43% overall approval rating with
critics based on 102 reviews, with a generally negative 36% approval rating from
"top" critics based on 25 reviews. The site's general consensus is that
"Jennifer's Body features occasionally clever dialogue but the horror/comic
premise fails to be either funny or scary enough to satisfy". At Metacritic, the
film holds a generally mixed score of 47/100, based on 28 reviews, while IGN
gives the film 2.5 stars out of 5.
Though the film was expected to pull in a significant number of the late
teenage/young adult audience, particularly males aged 17 and older, it earned a
"disappointing" $2.8 million on its opening Friday and $6.8 million its opening
weekend; the film placed #5, while 3D animated film
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs placed #1 with 30.1 million. Produced
for $16 million, Jennifer's Body attracted audiences 51% female, with 70%
of patrons under age 25.
The film's soundtrack was released by Fueled by Ramen on August 25, 2009 and
featured previously released music by various indie rock and alternative rock
bands such as White Lies, Florence + The Machine, Silversun Pickups and Black
Kids. It also features pop punk band All Time Low. The album also features new
songs from pop rock artists such as Cobra Starship and Panic at the Disco. The
first single from the soundtrack is "New Perspective" by Panic at the Disco. The
album received a 3 out of 5 review from Allmusic, who praised the album's
mixture of pop rock and indie rock.
The film's soundtrack was released by Fueled by Ramen on August 25, 2009 and featured previously released music by various indie rock and alternative rock bands such as White Lies, Florence + The Machine, Silversun Pickups and Black Kids. It also features pop punk band All Time Low. The album also features new songs from pop rock artists such as Cobra Starship and Panic at the Disco. The first single from the soundtrack is "New Perspective" by Panic at the Disco. The album received a 3 out of 5 review from Allmusic, who praised the album's mixture of pop rock and indie rock.
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