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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Jennifer genuinely as ditzy as she appears, or is she playing it up?
    • Does Jennifer only kill Colin and Chip just to take what Needy has, as she has done throughout much of their friendship, or does she do it out of having repressed romantic feelings for her friend?
    • Did Jennifer let Needy kill her? If so, was it because she realized that she needed to be stopped or because she realized she had lost Needy as a friend? A mixture of both?
  • Awesome Moments:
    • "St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, please give me the power to crush this bitch."
    • Needy finally calling Jennifer on her shit during the fight at the pool.
    • Needy's murder of Low Shoulder.
  • Awesome Music: "Through the Trees" due to its Ear Worm factor. Also, "Violet" by Hole being played over Needy's murder of Low Shoulder.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The film's most famous scene is the big lesbian kiss between Needy and Jennifer.
  • Catharsis Factor: Needy murdering Low Shoulder.
  • Complete Monster: Nikolai Wolf is the leader of the Satan-worshipping indie band Low Shoulder. While performing in a bar one night, he prompts a fire to magically break out, letting pretty much everyone burn to death. Singling out Jennifer Check and believing her to be a virgin, Nikolai and his band abduct her and decide to use her in a ritual sacrifice, resulting in Nikolai savagely stabbing her supposedly to death. Jennifer survives because she's not a virgin, but becoming demonically possessed because of it. She then murders and feeds off of three guys in order to survive. Nikolai also uses a lie about saving people from the bar tragedy and at least one of Jennifer's killings to become famous and reap the rewards from it. She also murders Chip Dove while trying to feed off of him before being killed by Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, who is confined to a mental ward because she won't be able to convince anyone of what Nikolai did to Jennifer.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Jennifer is bound with ropes in preparation for a human sacrifice. The lead singer of Low Shoulder, having invoked a demon, raises the knife... and the whole band breaks out singing "867-5309/Jenny" over her screams.
  • Director Displacement: Some people wrongly assume that Diablo Cody directed the film, when in reality she only wrote the screenplay. It was actually directed by Karyn Kusama.
  • Ear Worm: By the end, you will hate Low Shoulder's "Through the Trees" just as much as Needy does, just from sheer catchiness alone.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Out of all the characters, Needy.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Erm, yeah. Though it's hard to find Jennifer sexy when she's in full evil mode.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Most of the film's fandom ships Jennifer/Needy. Other ships are basically nonexistent. (Though Chip mostly manages to dodge Die for Our Ship.)
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Needy has an Evil Dead t-shirt and has a poster of the first film hanging in her room. Cut to 2011 and Diablo Cody was hired to doctor the script for the remake.note 
  • Hollywood Homely:
    • Amanda Seyfried as the "plain jane" Needy. However, the narration outright states that when they go out, Needy dresses herself down so as to not steal any of the spotlight from Jennifer, and is specifically forbidden from showing any cleavage, since Needy's is more substantial than Jennifer's. This means that, in-universe, the characters are entirely (if tacitly) aware of Needy's actual hotness. The commentary likewise notes that only in Hollywood could Amanda Seyfried play "the ugly best friend," even if she happens to be standing next to Megan Fox.
    • Also Jennifer. If she doesn't feed on schedule, she starts getting ugly... meaning "still Megan Fox but with heaps of makeup to give her shadows and sallow skin." Very likely intentional, as Needy describes this as being "ugly for her", to show how high Jennifer's standards are. Also, considering that her hair starts to fall out when she hasn't fed in a while, one could assume that she'd eventually end up looking even worse if she went a very long time without feeding...
  • Hype Backlash: A substantial one had already built up against the film months before it was even released, mostly from people who thought Diablo Cody's work on Juno was massively overrated.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jennifer. It is implied there is more than she's letting it on, allowing her general jerkassness run her life. Also her getting brutally murdered is another factor, especially since she's genuinely terrified when it's happening. She's also shown on the verge of tears towards the end when her hair starts falling out due to having not fed in a long time.
  • Les Yay / Foe Yay:
    • Jennifer and Needy's friendship is absolutely dripping in it. The bedroom scene takes it way past subtext. If you were under the impression that the trailer exaggerated it, it didn't, it actually toned it down.
    • Come to think of it, the girl who told Needy that she's "totally lesbigay" in the opening had her eyes practically glued to Needy just before dropping the bomb on her.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Despite Jennifer and Needy's relationship being described (not entirely inaccurately) as queerbait, especially the scene where they make out for no apparent reason, this film has a rather large following among gay and bi women. The film's iffy use of the Psycho Lesbian and Depraved Bisexual tropes are fully acknowledged, but the general attitude is, "It's schlock, but it's our schlock" (similar to how some queer fans view the older and even campier movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show).
  • Memetic Badass: Chip. He survived getting eaten long enough to get to dry land, impale Jennifer, and even calm his girlfriend down over his own death. If he were the star, the movie'd be over earlier.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: As mentioned above, the film has acquired something of an LGBT Fanbase despite the movie's use of queerbaiting, Girl-on-Girl Is Hot, and Depraved Bisexual.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Jennifer's attempts to eat the roast chicken are less than successful. And very messy.
    • Jennifer finishes feeding on Colin by reaching into his torn-open belly and slurping up his blood from her cupped hands.
  • Never Live It Down: The film was frequently mocked even on this wiki for having Amanda Seyfried as the 'plain' girl - ignoring that it's said she intentionally has to dress down to avoid upstaging Jennifer.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Gabrielle Rose as Colin's mother, who gives one hell of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to a couple of angsty Goths.
  • Protection from Editors: Depending on who you listen to, Diablo Cody either had this directly from managing to parlay her success with Juno into getting a "no-rewrites" clause for this film, or indirectly as a result of the 2008 WGA strike meaning there wasn't enough time for another writer to come in and fine-tune the screenplay.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Chris Pratt, who would later be better known for his roles in Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy, plays Officer Roman Duda.
  • Signature Scene: Jennifer and Needy's kissing scene.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor, poor Needy. She witnesses the deaths of lots of people in a fire, her best friend is abducted, murdered and brought back as a demonic being, and several of her schoolmates are brutally murdered by said best friend, including her devoted boyfriend. Then, to top it all off, she kills Jennifer and gets incarcerated for her murder. Also, following the ending, she's likely going to be spending the rest of her life on the run or in hiding from the authorities.
    • Quite possibly Jennifer, too. You have to keep in mind that, throughout all of this, she's still a teenager. The members of Low Shoulder take advantage of her post-fire shell-shock, take her into their van, pump her with drink, drive to a remote location, bind her with ropes, then brutally murder her. In the beginning, it also seems like she really does not want to kill/eat people, but it's proven it's the only way she can stay alive. Although possessed when it happens (as one is), she finally loses her best friend and dies. Happy endings all around.
  • Values Resonance: About a decade after this movie came out, America was rocked by the news that numerous beloved media personalities and figures have sexually harassed and assaulted numerous women, which in turn led to the growth of the #MeToo movement in which millions of women from all walks of life spoke of their experiences with sexual violence, revealing just how pervasive the problem was and how a culture of victim blaming continues to perpetuate it. Several news outlets have come to view Jennifer's Body as having been ahead of its time with regards to its tackling of such subject matter, hence why it's been...
  • Vindicated by History: The movie was poorly received upon its release and was written off by some critics as "Twilight for boys". As noted above, after a decade passed it came to be regarded in a much better light, hailed as an unsung classic of feminist horror that was ahead of its time in both its treatment of rape culture and in how it portrayed the friendship of its two teenage girl leads. Unfortunately, it had the misfortune of being marketed as a campy sex romp and alienating its target audience (according to Kusama, the marketing team wanted to use an amateur porn site to promote the film), while also being a victim of the pop culture Hype Backlash that was going on against both Megan Fox (who was largely seen as a vapid glamour model due to her association with the Transformers franchise) and Diablo Cody (who was seen as a pretentious one-trick pony after Juno) at the time.


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