Bodies Bodies Bodies [Grade: 62.91%]

Director: Halina Reijn

Story By: Sarah DeLappe and Kristen Roupenian

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Myha’la Herrold, Pete Davidson, and Lee Pace

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A film for the young adult, cannabis community.  

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Theme & Story: D

Pacing: C

Character: D

Overall “Paper” Score: D

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Entertainment Factors

General Public: Don’t Watch

Experience Seekers (via Visuals & Score): Don’t Watch

Young Adult/ College Cannabis Community: Interesting Enough

Comedy Horror Fans: Don’t Watch

Overall “Viewing Experience” Score: Don’t Watch

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TAKEAWAYS:

1. A Gen Z “bestie” reunion gets messy, both in terms of “tea” and blood when a drinking game gets a little too real. 

This is Bodies Bodies Bodies

Thematically, as many horror films go, it’s not the strongest. The ending would imply a film about honesty and trust, but the beginning sort of attempts a focus on love and acceptance? It’s really a mess, but we also know that’s not the point of many horror films that are mainly visual and experience centered. 

The strength of this film is definitely Act 3. You get the comedic highlights of the Gen Z generation with that typical horror aesthetic. 😂👍🏾

Where this film missteps is with a grounded story. If the film wanted to take itself more seriously (which it obviously didn’t), I think really elevating that “love and acceptance” direction of the theme would’ve been given this film some major points. 🤷🏾‍♂️

2. The best part is the twist at the end! 🫢🤦🏾‍♂️😂😂😂

3. Wow…she really wanted them Cheetos…in that moment…😂

4. Was that an editing mistake with the panties? Or is that the only style she wears? 🤨

5 The film had a pretty decent pacing of engaging with its runtime of 85 minutes. Granted, I think the film moved too fast with the main character’s storyline, but again, since this film wasn’t trying to take itself too seriously, I was able to overlook it. Now I will say that I think the pacing works better for those who can relate to the activities of the film. As someone who doesn’t drink and “parTy” like the setting of the film, in addition to not being in the age bracket anymore, some of the jokes and “fun” didn’t appeal to me as much. 🤷🏾‍♂️

6. Yeah, Sophia was toxic. 🤷🏾‍♂️😂

7. Not “upper middle class” 😂😂😂😂

8. oh, his dad is gonna have such mixed emotions when he gets back…😳

9. They were so childish showing the generational difference between Greg and the girls…is that how the older millennials come off? 😩😂😂😂

10. I loved Alice! A real, albeit exaggerated, representation of Gen Z! 😂👍🏾

Outside of her, I wasn’t really drawn to anyone else, and there wasn’t any development for Sophia and Bee to make me really care about them. 

Pete was Pete, but he was more adorable and appealing to me in the last moment of Act 3. 

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Overall #BodiesBodiesBodies gives I Still Know What You Did Last Summer – meets the card game “Mafia,” – meets Scream 5 – meets TikTok – meets Black Lady Sketch Show

It was definitely an interesting experience, but I’ve never felt so out of touch with a film like I did with this one. Maybe I’m officially “old” now… I don’t know, there just wasn’t a character I could truly connect with in the context of the film. This has a target audience, and I think that audience will/can appreciate it more. 

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