Diablo Cody's Jennifer's Body, Starring Megan Fox

The trailer for Diablo Cody's dark comedy horror movie, Jennifer's Body (which hits theaters September 18) was just released. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), it stars Megan Fox as a demonic cheerleader who feeds off the boys in her town.

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tiredfairy
tiredfairy

Man, Diablo Cody is polarizing. And I guess so is Megan Fox.

I'll see this for a variety of reasons, not the least being that I think it's clearly -meant- to be using every single horror trope/cliche/stereotype consciously, deliberately, and with intent to subvert. Cody is a big time horror buff. It's like Buffy. They knew -exactly- what they were doing with the genre when they chose a blonde, petite, cheerleader as the Slayer.

I think Cody is, like many writers, still finding her footing. She's had a successful movie and successful show about various female characters that, quirky dialog aside, not a whole lot of other people seem to be bothering to do lately. She's honestly interested in telling stories about women as characters/people, and she has her own voice. Of course, like Kevin Smith, that means you'll like her work or you really won't. And that's fine. Creative things are like that, if they're any good.

But can we stop acting like The Craft is some fine example of a girl horror movie when it essentially ripped off The Witches of Eastwick, and plays into every terrible girl stereotype there is in a way that, to me at least, doesn't seem even remotely conscious?

I mean, we complain on here all the time about romcoms and the unconscious way that most filmmakers seem to approach gender and female characters. Then you get someone who actually is, and all anyone can talk about is some of the quirky dialog. Which is no more quirky than Tarantino or Smith or most screenwriters, for that matter.

I mean, I saw this with Away We Go. A pseudo rom-com that was REALLY GOOD...and people were too busy being convinced it looked like Garden State (uhhhh...NO) that they missed one of the great characters in Vergona.

I don't know. It just makes me sad.

And I really, really, really, really don't care if people see this movie or not. Don't like it, like it, whatever. Movies are like any other art form. But if they can make something as SHITTY as Transformers 2, which was literally like watching something shit on the entire format of film (and I LIKE dumb action movies)...then I think we can tolerate some twee dialog.