If Diablo Cody and Megan Fox were hoping to prove that they weren't one-hit wonders, and didn't want their horror flick to crash into and incinerate a small children's school for the blind, well, mission failed. Although I'm sure that Fox will probably be set for life in Hollywood because of her looks (and sparkling on-set personality), Cody is probably going to have to earn her way out of movie jail after what happened this weekend.
Jennifer's Body -- Cody's second big screen project after writing and winning an Academy Award for Juno, and Fox's first attempt to carry a movie -- opened in fifth place on Friday with a weak $2.7 million in receipts. The film got mediocre-to-bad ratings from Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes.
It was beaten by Love Happens, a Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart romantic comedy that also fell on its face, a week old Tyler Perry flick, THE INFORMANT!, whatever the hell that was -- does anyone remember seeing trailers for that? -- and get this, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.
I'm not kidding. Megan Fox must have pissed off the movie gods after all the crap she's been saying about Michael Bay, whom apparently the many gods have blessed when you look at all the money he's made over the last few years. She compared Bay to Hitler -- which I've heard people say is actually the sign of a competent director -- and quickly got trashed by some below-the-line crew.
Let me be clear on this, I don't care what problem they had with Fox, those three people were pathetic cowards for trashing her anonymously. I don't care if she's a Katherine Heigl clone, have the guts to put your name to your trash talk or crawl back inside the womb like the coward you were born to be. There's a pretty good reason that opening your mouth and puking on somebody like that will get you fired.
It's because you deserve it.
That said, it's hard not to enjoy it just a little bit when a pampered star gets dropped on their ass. Fox didn't have to do very much in either Transformers flick because these movies were basically giant CGI demo reels -- acting didn't matter. She'll be rich, famous, and somewhat powerful -- far more powerful that Diablo Cody ever will be, which is messed up when you think about the Oscar she has sitting on her desk -- for the rest of her life no matter what she does, because of a movie she didn't really have to participate in on any meaningful level for it to be successful.
She just had to show up, and boy, it sure was hard to predict failure for that kind of rare talent.
Talent was practically the only thing that mattered In Jennifer's Body, and she couldn't carry the film even a little bit. If half the crew criticism about her is accurate, and it may very well be since we've also seen Bay take shots at her before, then perhaps this will do her career some good by making her just a little more humble, and a little more appreciative of the work that goes into real movies.
As for Cody, her Oscar earned her a number of free stinkers, at least for a while. The sad part is she'll have to work like she's breaking in all over again after this, though, while Fox just has to smile to get in ten movies next year.