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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

JENNIFER'S BODY [2009]

Director Karyn Kusama's black comedy, Jennifer's Body, is notorious for being a critically panned box-office flop.
On it's surface, it's about a flesh-eating cheerleader, while below it explores female empowerment, fragile friendships, the phoniness of society after tragedy and the dissection of the high school pyramid.
Even with all it's attitude and clever digs, the film is never scary or funny enough to make it worthy of everything it seems to think it is.  The conflict between the two friends would have been wonderful but in the end the dire situation is unearned and comes off as silly and ho-hummish.  The director's cut smooths out some of the bumps in the theatrical version but never enough to make it worthy of a glowing recommendation.

2 huge tragedy boners out of 5

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