I don't know what movie you saw over the weekend, but the place to be was in the cinema playing Diablo Cody's ode to horror movies, Jennifer's Body.
The film is a wicked black comedy about beautiful, popular Jennifer (the frighteningly attractive Megan Fox) and her nerdy "BFF" Needy (the lovely Amanda Seyfried). The movie deals with the incredibly passive-agressive nature of girls' "friendships" where there's the selfish, insecure one and her best friend who lets her walk all over her. (Read: frenemies. Ex. Blair Waldorf and Serena Van der Woodsen, Faith and Buffy, Regina George and Cady Heron and, of course, you and your high school best friend - if you're a girl.) Here's the delicious twist, though: Jennifer is evil - and, as the tagline says, not just "high school evil".
So evil that she might just eat your boyfriend to stay pretty.
Cody's script is pitch perfect. Naysaying critics be darned. It's hilarious, scary and sexy with an emotional core that you don't think could fit into the story. Jennifer's Body is the platonic form of a teen horror flick. It has a thin metaphor, a melodramatic climax, witty dialogue and is hilariously self-aware. Not since Scream have I enjoyed a horror movie so thoroughly. Watch it, you won't be sorry.
Here's a trailer:
Of course, like any cult movie, it has a killer (pun only intended if you'd like it to be) soundtrack.
The song that plays most in the movie is "Through The Trees" of the fictitious band, Low Shoulder fronted perfectly by actor Adam Brody (above). Brody plays an amalgamation of indie front men, and he's evil to boot. It's good to see him step out of Seth Cohen's shadow.
"Through the Trees" has that sappy alt ballad flavor that breaks unsuspecting indie bands into the top 40 a la "Good Riddance" by Green Day. But it was a very calculated move by Low Shoulder. Enjoy it:
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