Parents' Guide to

Jennifer's Body

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Glossy teen horror-comedy is full of gore and sex.

Movie R 2009 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 2+

great movie

age 16+

not too good

i would personally say 16+. it does have 1 positive role model, Chris Pratt makes a brief appearence/

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (64 ):

This is a sexed-up, glossy take on the traditional high school horror film, with plenty of Diablo Cody's zingy (some would say overly zingy) dialogue to add pep to the proceedings. Plus there's the presence of pin-up sex symbol Fox as the titular slayer. The movie works as a guilty pleasure thanks to its general air of grisly goofiness. And Seyfried's performance anchors the film in just enough emotional reality to make the film's plot matter.

Kusama's direction may take a backseat to Cody's script, Fox's performance, and the grisly special effects, but the end result is a fun if frightening night out for older teens and 20-somethings. Anyone else will be too removed from high school (or too overwhelmed by the pace and pitch of Cody's dialogue) to be very moved by the stakes and action. Cody's follow-up to Juno won't be another Oscar nominee, but it earns a gory glory all its own.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: December 29, 2009
  • Cast: Amanda Seyfried , J.K. Simmons , Megan Fox
  • Director: Karyn Kusama
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Asian directors, Female actors, Bisexual actors
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use
  • Last updated: April 5, 2023

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