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4 November 2009
Sexing up the likes of Transformers and How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, actress Megan Fox has thus far carved a career for herself as a sultry vixen whose parts rely more on her generous assets than her ability to thesp it up. But all that is set to change with her latest film.
Scripted by Diablo Cody, the ex-stripper scriptwriter who famously snagged an Oscar for her savvy, cut-throat script for comedy Juno, Jennifer's Body offers Megan Fox more to do than pout and pose. Much more.
At first, it seems like business as usual. The owner of the titular body, Fox plays Jennifer. Beautiful, smart and with a mean streak that even Cat Slater would be envious of, she's a hot cheerleader and she knows how to get what she wants. Mostly what she wants is boys, much to the chagrin of her best friend Needy (Mamma Mia's Amanda Seyfried).
Needy is geeky and proud of it, all bespectacled and frizzy hair. She has a steady boyfriend in the shape of the sweet-but-geeky Chip (Johnny Simmons), but finds herself increasingly caught up in Jennifer's crack-pot schemes for excitement.
One such scheme finds the two girls going to watch a band called Low Shoulder at a local bar, mostly because Jennifer has her eye set on leading man Nikolai (former The OC star Adam Brody with an emo make-over). When the bar catches fire, killing half of the inhabitants, Jennifer and Needy escape - only for Jennifer to be invited for a ride with Low Shoulder in their van.
Watching them van drive away, Needy is justifiably
concerned. And when Jennifer shows up hours later, bloodied and a wreck, Needy doesn't know what to do. The next day, though, Jennifer seems back to her usual self. Except she isn't - Jennifer has been possessed by a demon, and, bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'boy crazy', she has a sudden insatiable hunger for human flesh. Can Needy save her friend, or is she lost forever?
Drawing inspiration from Carrie and Heathers, Jennifer's Body is bloody and outrageous, and infused with a fun '70s edge. Megan Fox clearly revels in a role that she can really sink her teeth into (often literally), and lets her loose after a string of so-so flicks. Its plotting may be nothing new, with a few silly twists and occasionally dodgy
pacing, but there's no denying that Jennifer's Body is bad to the bone and one heck of a thrill ride.
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