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Not the best thing ever, but very far from the worst
on December 1, 2014
Out of ten stars, I'd probably give this a seven. I'm aware of all the things that aren't brilliant-- the dialogue is rarely as funny as it's trying to be, the horror and comedy tones don't quite mesh, and the pacing is a little odd-- but throughout the movie I wanted to see what happened next, and a lot of "campy" teen films cannot do that for me.
I think the horror in this film is a lot stronger than the comedy. The demon!Jennifer scenes have good visuals, and Megan Fox acts the creepy thing well. The acting is convincing in general, with Amanda Seyfried probably standing out.
As a girl, I found every guy in the movie to be fairly adorable, so that's a nice thing. Well, the evil band members aren't really that cute, but the lead singer's ironic/deadpan delivery provides most of the actually funny moments of the film.
I enjoyed Jennifer's Body as much as the average horror/comedy thing, and far more than most straight up formula horror films. The story is better if you think of Jennifer's succubi tendencies as a punishment by proxy for the males who murdered her, but whether that's the intent or not the plot is solid and easy to follow. I like Roger Ebert's quote: as a movie about a flesh-eating cheerleader, it's better than it has to be. Megan Fox as a semi-lesbian cheerleader who eats people has SOME appeal no matter what, but Jennifer's Body delivers enough substance that you don't feel vaguely guilty about watching it for that premise.