Thursday, August 11, 2022

Bodies Bodies Bodies Movie Review

Rachel Sennott stars in Bodies Bodies Bodies

To Hurricanes (and Beyond)

Rotten Tomatoes PlotWhen a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game goes awry in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong. Directed by Halina Reijn.

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha'la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace, and Pete Davidson.

What's Good: Bodies Bodies Bodies opens with a passionate kiss, ends with a bang, and in between... a colorful gaggle of spoiled brats, hell-bent on doing nothing (with style.) I won't pretend to understand the mindset of a rich 20-something, but judging by our screening audience, Reijn's film captures it terrifically. The performances are fair-to-middling, but even Pete Davidson has a (positive) moment or two. Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott and Myha'la Herrold are better, but I imagine it helps to be under 30 to truly appreciate it.

What's Not: It ain't scary. Stenberg's Sophie declares, "It's OK to be nervous. That's part of the fun," but I didn't come close to flinching (even once.) The potential is there (hurricane. power outage, soulless characters) but this movie is more about expressing one's (selfish) self versus chopping off heads/limbs. Don't get me wrong, folks are gonna die, but it happens in non-thrilling fashion.

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 95 minutes (No complaints.)

Target Audience: Spring Breakers with more clothes.

Bottom Line: "Someone always ends up crying," but I can't help but wonder "what might have been?" Bodies Bodies Bodies needs a Freddy Krueger-type to amp up the fright factor. Instead, we're left with a group of vapid young adults at their umpteenth party of the month/year/decade. Not exactly Nope, is it?

GradeC- (This is what happens when you don't go to college.)