BODIES, BODIES, BODIES – A Review By Gadi Elkon

Kids and their wacky games!  A24’s latest summer time release is the raucous, BODIES BODIES BODIES.  Is it worth your party time?

When 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.

Bodies Bodies Bodies seems a fitting example of the ridiculous levels reached when drugs, sex and violence are mixed together.  The cocaine induced antics become incredibly unpredictable as the film unravels.  A talented cast is led by the confused innocent that Maria Bakalova embodies as Bee.  Bee’s budding relationship with Amandla Stenberg’s troubled Sophie is the “in” to this wild group.  Chase Sui Wonders (Emma), Rachel Sennott (Alice), Myha’la Herrold (Jordan), Pete Davidson (David) and the game Lee Pace (Greg) round out our wild bunch.

Bunch of suspects as these kids’ crazy game does in fact go deadly!

The witty dialogue touches on the way in which culture and overexposed social media users have created a surreal setting for the youth of a modern world.  The pettiness, the hidden struggles and the harsh realities of these overprivileged children are amplified by the hurricane weather.  Any film that requires a “Water Safety Coordinator” (Chris Barnes shout out!) is of course highlighting the crazy level of fun BBB showcases.  These drunk and high partygoers intensity is matched and overtaken by the escalating hurricane that engulfs our mansion abode.

Director Halina Reijn and her team have molded a lovely tribute to a film like CLUE with the uber-cool violence of the SCREAM series.  Instead of a masked killer with a grudge we get a delirious progression of confused violent actions.  BBB shouldn’t be mistaken as a real anthem of our youth, but as a snippet into the over indulged crossing a line and yes, it does succeed.  The sound design and sharp cinematography helps keeps the mystery through till the shocking conclusion.

Not a film that should stick in your lexicon but certainly a great excuse to gather friends and go terrorize your local theater.

So grab your glow sticks, consume your preferred “drug”, and enjoy the wild night of death and mayhem.

BODIES BODIES BODIES

Directed by: Halina Reijn

Written by: Sarah DeLappe (screenplay) and story by Kristen Roupenian

Rated: R

Running Time: 1h 35min

Comedy / Horror/ Thriller

Wide Release: Only in theaters August 12th

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

 

The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

4 Stars – Good movie

3 Stars – OK movie

2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.

 

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