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Jennifer’s Body Script Reviewed

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CC2K reads the Jennifer’s Body script and surprise! it sounds a great deal like Juno, Diablo Cody’s Oscar-nominated screenplay. Big Ross dwells forever on the language and doesn’t touch the structure, plot, arc, etc., which makes us think this must be an early draft, untouched by any collaborative efforts.

And it does sound a bit like Idle Hands, but nowadays, everything sounds like something.

Diablo Fan has a similar take, at Latino Review:

While Juno had the heart and wide appeal to meet a mass audience, Jennifer’s Body does not–and on top of that, it lacks a well-paced plot and consistent tone.

Filming starts in early March, in Vancouver.

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Juno Haters Surface As Box Office Grows

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David Carr, the NYT’s Carpetbagger,
tries to tell the world that Juno is being kicked around by the more serious movies. One of his commenters, Mayblossom, (who could be Emily Gould, you never know) lacerates the Little Movie That Could and the screenwriter:

Cody is no more an “ex-stripper” than Juno is a tiny indie with no friends or money but a big heart that wins over millions of ticketbuyers.

Those standing shoulder to shoulder against the juggernaut of quirky ‘n’ twee are:

Scott Van Arsdale:

I don’t want to see Juno within a thousand feet of the Kodak Theater

David Edelstein:

Cody and Reitman flatter the audience for its sensitivity while cramming in pop-culture references (and nonstop alt-pop) to make it feel hip

Mark Asch:

Diablo Cody was nominated for her backstory

So are these legitimate criticisms or old farts being mean to the new girl? FBLA thinks both. Fox Searchlight’s media campaign could have been less eager to trot out Diablo Cody’s naughty-but-nice bio. Cody, for her part, could have ignored the publicist’s playbook, and chatted more about her writing and less about the pole. The wonderfully kind and graceful Billy Mernit says the same thing, but kindly and uh, gracefully.

Of course, with the publicist sitting right there in the interview, it’s hard to ignore them.

Earlier:

Diablo Cody: Backlash Official

Diablo Cody: Backlash Official

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Diablo Cody’s fifteen minutes have barely started and the backlash has begun. She missed the Critic’s Choice Awards (confused by strike rules, and then a meeting ran late, and who knows what really happened) and commenters at the Gold Derby blog let fly:

All this gushing over Juno is beginning to sound like the gushing of the over-hyped, but mediocre yet awful Little Miss Sunshine…Juno is cutesy, but bland entertainment not worthy of Best Pic…the script is okay (there’s far better written scripts out there and original at that) but Diablo Cody will get kudos because of her trendy name attached to a mediocre script. So much hype for this little mediocre film is just freakin’ annoying.

But her MySpace friends are happy for her news that Karyn Kusama will direct Jennifer’s Body. Because Aeon Flux was awesome. Just kidding.

(photo by Leah Peterson who blogs at Leahpeah.