When I left the screening of "Jennifer's Body," I turned to my bestie and high-fived her. Why? Because this movie is for us girls. It's strong enough for a man, but made for a woman. And lucky me, I got to talk to the director of "Jennifer's Body," the eloquent and outspoken Karyn Kusama, about the movie, why it's made to speak to young women, Diablo Cody and so much more. In fact, our Q&A was so yummy it's being split up into three parts, so be sure to keep your peepers peeled for more "JB" goodies and even some details on Kusama's next project, which sounds like a doozy!
Many women were turned off by the initial red band trailer for "Jennifer's Body," which featured a sexy lip lock between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, among other instances of typically tantalizing shots of Fox being foxy. Unfortunately, that type of stuff is usually not up to the folks behind the movie; it's up to the marketing people instead.
"I don't know if selling the film as a straight horror film and selling it primarily to boys is really going to do any of us any favors, frankly," Kusama said. "But we'll see. I'm really crossing my fingers that I am completely wrong and I really hope I am, you know. I really do."
This is especially true because Kusama and Cody, who both wrote and executive produced the flick, are powerhouse ladies who made "Jennifer's Body" especially for women. Sure, there's gore aplenty, and Megan flaunts her tight tummy in what seems like every scene, but the real story is about the dynamic between her character and Seyfried's character, Needy. The last snack on Jennifer's list is Needy's sweet boyfriend Chip, played by Johnny Simmons. So typical of high school girls, am I right?
"I think that concept, for instance, of Jennifer wanting what Needy has [just because Needy has it], that is so intrinsic to female relationships and I just think there are a lot of girls out there who maybe don't know that this movie was made for them," the director noted.
"And it's not alienating to boys. I think boys will really enjoy it, but it makes me extremely, extremely frustrated to imagine that I have been working on this movie for nearly two years now and have committed this much time and energy because, precisely because I felt like if I were nineteen again, I would know someone was speaking to me and gave a s--t about my existence in the pop cultural landscape."
It would definitely not be off base to place "Jennifer's Body" squarely in the realm of alternative, angsty flicks like "Heathers" that tapped into the frustration and anger of being a teen in the '90s.
"It's a little tough sometimes to feel like things haven't changed all that much in over 20 years, speaking for my nineteen-year-old self, and 20 years later, things seem as barren... for smart, complicated entertainment [made] for females that boys will also enjoy, you know? It gets under my skin, as you can see!" Tough words, but it's no surprise that the woman who wrote and directed "Girlfight," a movie all about a badass chick who takes up boxing, has plenty to say on women, movies and so much more.
What do you think, people? Are you heading out to see "Jennifer's Body" this weekend? Are you more into the gore or the girls? Ladies, I especially want to hear from you!