‘Jennifer’s Body’ was forward of its time

Needy Lesnecki (Amanda Seyfried, “A Mouthful of Air”) place it finest: “Hell is a teenage lady.” Her personal teenagehood is outlined by fawning and fumbling above her lifelong finest good friend, Jennifer Test (Megan Fox, “Dakota”). Jennifer is cruel, managing and, by the finish of the movie, a literal male-eater. Even far more importantly, she signifies the bisexual monster in the closet. Her dynamic with Needy is messy, and it offers a shockingly dimensional glimpse at the uncooked and repressed sides of Queer teenagehood. 

To introduce Jennifer, narrator Needy phrase vomits a stream of compliment on compliment, only to have her daydream interrupted by a classmate expressing she’s “Totally lesbi-gay” for her interesting, necessarily mean and cooler good friend. This is in the quite very first scene and sets the practically ironically Queer tone for the relaxation of the movie. It practically feels uncomfortable to confess this scene in “Jennifer’s Body” is what released me to the chance of a girl currently being Queer. My personal electronic existence apart, it indirectly released the phrase “lesbian” into my prepubescent dictionary. Queerness was a entirely summary principle at this level. As a sixth grader, I did not but know any homosexual household, famous people or buddies. There was not any blatant homophobia in my upbringing, specially from my rapid household and shut buddies, but relatively a obvious absence of nearly anything deviating from heterosexuality. Younger and unknowingly Queer, this was a total absence of self. 

The plot of “Jennifer’s Body” is exquisitely absurd — an unsuccessful indie band, Lower Shoulder, tries to sacrifice a virgin to Satan in trade for unparalleled results. Unbeknownst to the band, their focus on virgin, Jennifer, is not really a virgin, and she refuses to die in peace. As a substitute, she is turned into a succubus with an hunger for (generally) boys. From this level on, she eats a assortment of gentlemen to maintain herself, generally picking her prey centered on their proximity to Needy.

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