Review: Youth and anarchy in ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’

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  • Aug 04, 2022

Review: Youth and anarchy in ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’

This image released by A24 shows Rachel Sennott, left, and Lee Pace in a scene from it "Bodies, bodies, bodies." (A24 via AP)

This image released by A24 shows Rachel Sennott, left, and Lee Pace in a scene from “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” (A24 via AP)

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“Bodies Bodies Bodies” may be the first great Gen Z trailer. Director Halina Reijn’s film is a razor-sharp satire of a very specific kind of modern privilege, set inside an escalating murder mystery in a remote mansion while a storm rages outside.

In neon, naked, sweat and fear, “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” which opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles, is playful, charming and never dull. Events are confined to one long night, but toxic tensions have long been simmering. Before introducing the real body to the party.

Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) has decided to take her new girlfriend, Bea (Maria Bacalova), to meet her oldest friend, David (Pete Davidson), who is hosting some sort of apocalyptic frenzy at her parents’ mansion to get out. a storm Sophie reassures Bea that her friends aren’t as vain as they seem online, and Bea looks like anyone in a new relationship: nervously hopeful.

It’s not immediately clear that this is a film about young kids of obscene wealth until Sophie moves into a mansion that Daisy Buchanan might find impressive. This is neither a 1980s portrait of the young rich, in cashmere cable and Lacoste polos, nor a 90s version emblazoned with designer logos. These are the kids that only other rich kids recognize as rich, they know enough to apologize for their privilege, but they also know enough to be wary of outsiders. Not that those friendships born out of the same boarding schools and tax brackets are inherently safer, they’re just the devil they happen to know.

Back at David’s house, his girlfriend Emma (Chase Sue Wonders) and their friends Jordan (Mihala Herrold) and Alice (Rachel Sennott), who are all great in their roles, are partying with an exhibitionist. Abandonment, like they want everyone they hope is watching to think no one is watching. It soon becomes abundantly clear that Bee is one of those outsiders and that Sophie isn’t exactly what was expected. They are young people who get involved in everything, except when it comes to the sin of not answering “yes” in a text chain.

The title of the movie comes from a game they play that involves slapping, shooting and a mock murder. When the lights come back on, they must find the body and discover the killer. But the tense game only brings festering wounds to the group, with several quitting in protest, including Alice’s boyfriend Greg (Lee Pace), who is trying to fit in with a crowd that’s probably two decades younger than him. to fall And then the real murders begin.

Bee to our innocent eyes and ears becomes a confusing and bloody endeavor where the social contract expires along with everyone’s cell phone service. Written by Sara DeLappe and based on a story by Kristen Ropanian (who wrote the viral New Yorker story “Cat Person”), the film clearly shows how social dramas and minor issues can seem like a motive for murder. . And yet, even as things go awry and more friends are murdered, the dwindling surviving characters do their best to avoid microaggressions and provoking words as if they’re having a Twitter feud.

I will not deprive anyone of the pleasure of the upcoming surprises. But this reveal just makes you want to watch the whole thing again.

“Bodies, Bodies, Bodies,” an A24 release that airs Friday in New York and Los Angeles and nationwide on Aug. 12, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association for “violence, gore, drug use, sexual references and pervasiveness.” has received Tongue.” Duration: 95 minutes. Three out of four stars.

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MPA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 needs to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

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Follow AP film writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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