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JENNIFER'S BODY <span>(2009)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 103

Release dates 04/11/2009

Ratings Info Contains very strong language, bloody horror, sex references and drug use

Genre(s) Horror, Comedy

Director(s) Karyn Kusama

Cast includes Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J. K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Chris Pratt, Juno Ruddell, Kyle Gallner

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 13/10/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

JENNIFER’S BODY is a teen horror film about a nerd whose best friend becomes a supernatural killer. It was passed ‘15’ for very strong language, bloody horror, sex references and drug use.

The single use of very strong language is heard on the radio as the presenter talks about a local rock band. It isn’t repeated, aggressive, or sexual, or directed and can be therefore contained at ‘15’ where the BBFC Guidelines state: 'The strongest terms (for example, ‘cunt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.'

There are several horror scenes which involve some spattering blood and gore, including werewolf-style attacks shown both in process and in aftermath. There is a clear fantasy element as the character attacking people has been turned into an unnamed demon but the strongest moments include sight of a teenage girl licking and drinking blood, sight of a demon stabbed through the tummy with a large metal pole, the same demon stabbed in the chest with a box cutting knife and several aftermath scenes of bodies covered in blood and gore. In addition there is sight of an attempted murder when a group of young men attempt to stab Jennifer to death to get a record contract (seen in flashback but including some heavy blows and a strong sense of threat) and later a murder scene which is shown through a series of still photographs. At ‘15’ ‘strong threat and menace are permitted unless sadistic or sexualised’ and the film lacks realistic or particularly strong sense of sadism. Similarly in terms of violence the BBFC guidelines state it may be strong but should not ‘dwell on the infliction of pain or injury’ and ‘the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable’. Though the images here are gory they lack the intensity and focus necessary to push them to ‘18’.

There are several sex references, some of which are fairly crude. They range from discussion of virginity and contraception, to sexual taunts and invitations and some comic references to anal sex and sexual organs. There is also a sex scene between two teenagers in which we hear a condom put on and see a couple writhing and breathing heavily. This can be contained at ‘15’ because at that category ‘Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context.’ The references to sexual behaviour are presented mostly as witty quips and demonstrations of the sexual experience or otherwise of the competitive teenage characters.

The drugs are seen in a sequence designed to show how successful and ‘rock and roll’ a local band have become. The work as a whole does not promote or encourage drug misuse and the sight of white powder is in this case very brief and used merely to suggest the characters are excessive.

JENNIFER’S BODY also contains frequent strong language and some discriminatory terms including ‘fag’, ‘freaktarded’, ‘retard’, along with mild and moderate language such as ‘damn’, ‘douchebags’, ‘ass’ ‘shit’, ‘jerk’, ‘boner’, ‘dick’, ‘screwed’, ‘God’ and ‘bitch’.


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