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Summary 8.0 great
Release year: 2009
Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam brody, Juan Riedinger, Chris Pratt, Kyle Gallner, Amy Sedaris, Cynthia Stevenson
Diablo Cody (Juno, 2007) is known for her sharp dialogue perfectly hitting the tone of the youth, something that is not so obvious here, perhaps due to the genre. But she does manage to make the demonic possession genre feel fresh and at times unexpected. With her cute blond looks, Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, 2008) is often cast as the sweet girl and it is nice to see her get to show a wider range here, where her doormat character gets to experience great growth during the movie. Seyfried easily and unexpectedly well pulls it off. As the queen bitch, the stunning Fox (Transformers, 2007) is a perfect choice, nailing the bitchy scenes but failing slightly when the role sees her playing more demure or frightened. Simmons (The Perks if Being a Wallflower, 2012) is cute as the boyfriend while Brody (Scream 4, 2011) perfectly captures the rock star idiot looking for fame at any cost. Truth being, this is more a dark comedy than a horror comedy. The scary bits are over-the-top, almost making the movie feel like it is making fun of teenage horror movies and the twisted humour and sarcasm enjoyable making that work just fine.
Jennifer’s surname ‘Check’ was initially intended only to be a place holder name. It comes from writer Diablo Cody using the phrase ‘check’ to express the filling of the various required roles, e.g “Jennifer – check, Needy – check” and so on. The name was never changed and features in the final film.
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