‘Found pieces of “Jennifer’s Body”‘: Diablo Cody and Megan Fox team up

So, you may have seen yesterday’s Vulture post on the trailer for Jennifer’s Body, screenwriter Diablo Cody’s anticipated follow-up to Juno. If not, you can view it here.

Some thoughts:
1. I haven’t seen Megan Fox in anything. I’ve kind of avoided the Transformers franchise because, eh, well, let someone else do it. I’ll definitely see this, though. I wonder how this movie and this role will evolve Fox’s Jolie 2.0 bombshell persona. I’d be curious what my friend Annie has to say about it.

Film still of Megan Fox in Jennifers Body; image courtesy of weblogs.variety.com

Film still of Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body; image courtesy of weblogs.variety.com

2. I do kinda wish Jennifer was being played by Kat Dennings (Norah from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). I feel like Fox is ripping her off. That and I just want to see Dennings in more movies.
3. I like that the popular girl is a demon. Making the normatively feminine monstrous? Yes. “No, I’m killing boys” might be my favorite line in the trailer (the “Am I too big?” line is a close second). I see some potential feminist commentary.
4. Fox’s “I swing both ways” line to Amands Seyfried suggests one step forward, two steps back. I’d pair this with the shot of panty-clad Jennifer leering at Seyfried’s character and saying “we always share your bed when we have slumber parties.” Hello, boys. I’m sure having Jennifer play for both teams also builds up Fox’s star persona as a lipstick bisexual.
5. Why is Jennifer friends with the nerdy girl? Is it some kind of psychological “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” thing? We know that Veronica Sawyer couldn’t stay friends with Betty Finn to be one of the cool girls in Heathers. I’m intrigued.
6. It’s interesting to me that Cody’s is doing horror (albeit decidedly of the black comic variety). This suggests the influence of movies like Heathers and Scream on Cody as a screenwriter in ways more pronounced than Juno, which was cultivated and marketed as a prestige picture.

Heathers; the legacy continues

Heathers; the legacy continues

7. It’s a little annoying that the screenplay comes from “the mind of Diablo Cody.” Um. Karyn Kusmana directed it too. Plus I’m ambivalent about Cody’s writing style. Kids just aren’t that slick. And even with Daniel Waters’s super-heightened Heathers screenplay, a lot of the banter was slang-based. Or it was gross, which teenagers definitely are. I have an easier time believing a teenager would ask someone if they had a tumor for breakfast than telling a grubby-fingered peer to have a Chinese nail technician “buff your situation.” Plus, points off for reusing the fuck/Phuk Thailand joke.
7A. But the Buffy the Vampire Slayer dialogue didn’t bother me, in part because it seemed to be making a commentary on other network teen dramas like Dawson’s Creek. We shall see.
8. It seems that the soundtrack may play an important part for the movie’s burgeoning franchise. In the trailer, the soundtrack’s featured artists appear before the production credits and boasts hot acts like Little Boots and Panic at the Disco. Pair this with the prominent use of bad girl hits like The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and The Waitresses’ “I Know What Boys Like” and you have a potential Billboard contender. This is important. Apart from the Disney machine, I can’t think of a teen movie with a soundtrack so at the fore of its marketing strategy since the mid- to late 90s (ex: She’s All That, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Cruel Intentions, Ten Things I Hate About You, and Clueless). I’ll be listening as well as watching.

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6 comments

  1. Emily

    I SOOO agree with you about Diablo Cody’s portrayal of kids. They are not slick like that. I am around them all day and know how they talk. Juno drove me nuts for this reason.

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  3. Laura

    I am really intrigued by this movie. It looks like it could actually be very entertaining (I’m not normally a horror movie fan). I will probably go see it to support movies made by and starring women, but I’m still debating whether or not it is feminist. I definitely see some feminist potential in the trailer, but we’ll have to see how it is handled in the actual movie. I can’t wait!

    I wrote more about the feminist implications of the trailer at my blog. Here is the link: http://youngfeministadventures.blogspot.com/2009/07/if-women-make-movies-is-it.html

  4. john

    some other nice soundtrack moments worth noting : Screeching Weasel! if you are going to have a mall goth character in a movie at least he is singing something sorta cool… I am happy to see this band get any exposure they can.

    also- i had never heard the Lissy Trullie Hot Cip cover of ‘ready for the floor’ over the credits. very much enjoyed that. it can be downloaded here : http://pastaprima.net/?p=3738

    best junoy line : “moveon.org”

    • Alyx Vesey

      Thanks, John! I still haven’t gotten around to seeing it, but will. I’m stoked about the soundtrack and liked the Lissy Trullie cover.

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