Evil-but-gullible emo band’s attempted “virgin sacrifice” turns promiscuous teenager into demon-possessed cannibal. It’s up to her nerdy best friend to keep the sexiest high-schooler in Devil’s Kettle from eating her way through senior class.
That’s a fairly straightforward synopsis of Jennifer’s Body, screenwriter Diablo Cody’s much-hyped follow-up to Juno, directed by Karyn Kusama and just out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. It sounds like a terrific idea for a comic horror movie, turning adolescent sexual insecurity into the stuff of nightmares, and it is pretty smart conceptually. Cast as the titular Jennifer, a sarcastic, wisecracking bombshell of a flag girl, Megan Fox acquits herself beyond the Maxim-girl status bestowed on her by the Transformers movies, turning in a fairly competent performance that progresses credibly from her character’s more human presence in the film’s opening scenes to the colder succubus she becomes. And Amanda Seyfried, all gasps and big eyes, makes a terrific mostly passive protagonist for the yarn, taking Jennifer’s transformation in from a not-so-safe distance.