“Hell is a teenage girl.”
As opening lines go, Jennifer’s Body has a pretty kicking one. (Hey, pun!)
Let me begin by saying that I had high expectations for Jennifer’s Body. Since reading Diablo Cody’s interview in the Aug/Sept 2009 issue of BUST, I’ve been wanting to see this flick. I missed it in theaters, and finally got around to seeing it recently. Why was I excited? Two reasons, mostly: first, because of what I’d read about it; that it was supposed to be a feminist take on the horror genre. As a viewer who enjoys shows like CSI and Law & Order, I was anxious to see the bad guy played by a girl. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of always seeing women cast as the corpses, or soon to be corpses, running and screaming from Faceless Rapist and Murderer of the Week. I was beyond excited to witness Ms. Cody turn the tables on men and make the killer a hot young woman targeting men. And second, I’m not gonna lie, I wanted to see how Megan Fox would do in a non-decorative role (::cough::Transformers::). I have a soft spot in my heart for her because I think she’s gotten a disproportionate amount of hate, and for virtually no reason. I recently read a piece over at HuffPo posing a similar question: Why do we hate Megan Fox? The author argues that we hate her because she’s beautiful and she speaks her mind: a lethal combination in a culture that rewards and values silent womanhood. Check it out.
So I watched it and I’m left a little flummoxed; but I’m going to give it a B-. If you’re still with me, read on… Continue reading