Body Shots

"Weak"

Body Shots Review


Again, Hollywood has taken creative marketing to new heights with Body Shots. Judging by the trailers, the ads, even the tagline ("There are movies that define every decade!"), one would be led to believe that Body Shots is an incisive drama/comedy about twentysomething relationships, emphasis on the comedy.

Body Shots is not that movie.

You know it from the start, when a battered Sara (Reid) comes careening through the streets of L.A., obviously post-rape. Nothing starts a movie off quite like a rape aftermath, but in flashback, the film starts to look up. The next half hour tells us about the night before, when four guys and four girls go to a downtown club, all looking to hook up for the night.

Some of them do, and some don't. And one of these entanglements ends up badly. At first, Livingston alone provides comic relief as a semi-lovable loser who shows up in golfing regalia and can't get in the club. But on The Day After, Body Shots quickly degenerates into a Movie of the Week that would play better on Lifetime, with a he said/she said legal war that is never resolved.

While Body Shots has its moments, by and large it's a poor entry into the genre. Its "clever" photography and self-referential nonsense gets old, quickly. The speeches given directly to camera are silly and unrealistic: No one acts like this. Even the title doesn't make sense. There are no body shots in the movie. (The title was recently changed from the trademark-challenged Jello Shots, and there is no Jello in the movie, either.)

Eight Very Beautiful People acting ugly? Count me out. Check out Swingers or Go, which are far better treatments of the same theme.

Shoot me.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st January 2000

Distributed by: New Line Cinema

Production compaines: New Line Cinema, Colomby/Keaton Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 11%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 25

IMDB: 5.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Michael Penorisi, as Jane Bannister, as Rick Hamilton, as Sara Olswang, as Trent, as Whitney Bryant, Joe Basile as Bartender, Scott Burkholder as Man in Bar, Liz Coke as Girl #2, Allison Dunbar as Girl #3, Edmund Genest as Sara's Dad (as Edmond Genest), Adam Lieberman as Burger Joint Cop (as Adam Gordon), Mark Hicks as Bodyguard, as Detective Richards, Elizabeth Liebel as Mrs. Drofsky, Marc Lynn as Disco Bartender, Lou Paget as Oral Sex Instructor, Adina Porter as Detective Thompson, Benny Quan as Burger Joint Manager, as Shawn Denigan, Wendy Schenker as Doctor, Nick Spano as Jeff the Doorman, Sybil Darrow as Emma Cooper (as Sybil Temchen), Emmy Collins as Shopping Cart Man (uncredited), Cameron Glenar as Club Patron (uncredited), Phil Hawn as Club Patron (uncredited), Rich Knight as Dancer (uncredited), Cheryl Rusa as Club Patron (uncredited), as Michael's Attorney (uncredited), Heidi Van Horne as Waitress (uncredited), Dwayne Winstead as Body Guard #2 (uncredited)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

Advertisement
My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.