Source: Catholic News Service
As scripted by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, "Jennifer's
Body" (Fox) is an unwieldy combination of comedy and horror that
presents gore with relish and exploits adolescent sexuality.
The Jennifer of the title (Megan Fox) is a fetching but cynical
student at a small-town high school who is both envied and despised by
her peers. Despite her exalted social position, Jennifer has remained
loyal to her friend-since-the-sandbox, Needy (Amanda Seyfried),
constantly encouraging her timid, bespectacled pal to expand her
After a mysterious encounter with a visiting indie rock band
led by scruffy singer Nikolai (Adam Brody), Jennifer is transformed
into a cannibalistic demon preying on her male schoolmates. Needy
gamely struggles to help, but eventually fears that her gentle
boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons) may become the next item on the
Director Karyn Kusama's failed attempt to satirize teen female
rivalry by inflating it into an occult struggle for life or death
registers as nasty rather than clever, with Jennifer's rampages shown
in bloody detail.
The girls' weirdly variable relationship veers from exchanging
pent-up insults to a passionate, prolonged lip-lock that seems to
confirm earlier hints of a sexual connection. Needy and Chip go even
further in an explicit underage encounter, complete with condom use,
that the script makes clear is not their first.
The film contains frequent savage violence, cannibalism, strong
sexual content, including graphic (presumably underage) sexual activity
and lesbian kissing, a couple of profanities, irreverence and much
rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting
classification is O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture
Association of America rating is R—restricted. Under 17 requires
accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Mulderig is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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