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After Diablo Cody surprised everyone with his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for 2007 Juno, she teamed up with the director Karyn kusama and took a little detour to Minnesota for a cheeky teen horror comedy that dared to break a few rules. During this time, Megan Fox literally had only has finished his stint in the Transformers franchise and Amanda Seyfried came out of the success of the light and the breeze Mom Mia!, and the two were looking to do something a little different. And boy, have they ever done that.
It has now been over 12 years since the release of Jennifer’s body, and while it didn’t impress critics or a significant portion of the movie-going audience at the time, the film underwent a sort of re-evaluation. Fans are quick to point out that the story of a popular cheerleader whose body is sacrificed by a group of independent band brothers in the hopes it will bring them fame has been marketed in a rather questionable way. like a “hot Megan Fox movie”. But how do you sell a bunch of teenagers a charming, quirky feminist tale about friendship and women’s empowerment before Me too?
Jennifer’s body has found a second life as a legitimate cult classic, and one person who thinks retrospective appreciation is long overdue is YouTube megastar, humanitarian activist, entrepreneur, and writer Connor franta, who has just published his third thesis, House fires, in October. Franta admits that if he’s on a date, it’s the movie he uses to “gauge your taste level.” Bold move, honestly. And although he admits that the film is not quite a horror movie or a straight-up comedy, there’s a lot of gory and funny humor for anyone willing to ditch preconceptions (especially the “hot Megan Fox movies”).
This week, Franta joins regular co-hosts Jacqueline Coley – another big fan – and Mark Ellis – a true virgin from the experience – in explaining why the response to Jennifer’s body has changed so much in recent years. They share their favorite moments (âIt smells like Thai food in hereâ) and discuss how the superb cast makes everything work because they all buy into the ridiculousness of the film. And where does Low Shoulder rank among the great fictional film groups of all time?
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Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, specializing in awards and freelance coverage, but passionate about all, from the MCU to musicals and period plays. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will be not support Constantine slander of all type. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @CELAjacqueline.
Marc Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.