Jennifer's Body (2009) Karyn Kusama ("Taken advantage of"…
(2009) Karyn Kusama
"Taken advantage of" Where do we locate the power and violence in this text
by having women-led production, shifts narrative slightly to think about women's bonds with women
men as means to an end; Jennifer's body still bound in rules
justifies violence but only after violence (often sexual viiolence)
women as overly emotional, insane violent creatures
questions of consent
is flipping the script getting us out of power dynamics?
crying football player and Jennifer's "grief counseling"
how does this film think about loss and trauma?
"sorry was last week's emotion" critiquing the drive towards "getting better"
questions of desire versus friendship/ homosocial v homosexual
OitNB (women's prisons where does violence happen)?
"Hell is a teenage girl"
bed/asylum switchpoint: thinking about how teenage girls are "stuck" places
child's toys, bunny slippers, and the orange jumpsuit: thinking about childhood and maturity
coupled with nondiegtic girls laughing, highlighting crossroads
turns lens back on to how sexism frames women's bodies?
teen girls are evil?
zoom in shot; foreshadows possession
transitions/changes, not being in control; chemical and social imbalances; dramatization of maturity/growing up
Genre: dark comedy
relies on stereotypes from high school dramas
sacrifice the virgin for fame and fortune plot (we know this); satirizing the overused elements
technology and flipphones
we feel kinda grimy and oversexed
music: Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, the fictional band Low Shoulder
the emo Collin character