If A24’s Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring had a baby, it would be slasher comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies.☠️
When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.
The best friends til the end saga received generally positive reviews citing it to be “impeccably cast and smartly written” for another ‘whodunnit’ movie. Each actor is tailored to their cringe character perfectly, but it’s Rachel Sennott’s Alice that is the scene stealer.
Perfectly tailored to take aim at Gen Z with familiar tropes to latch on to, Bodies Bodies Bodies slightly missed the mark for me. Based on the Improv Game “Murder in the Dark”, the premise is intriguing, the cast is banger good, but I wasn’t fully invested in this new twist on a familiar tale.
“A key theme throughout this year’s SXSW film lineup is self-awareness, with films such as Everything Everywhere All at Once and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent either pulling real-world elements into their story or leaning into their story’s silliness. Bodies Bodies Bodies is a different kind of self-awareness – instead of poking fun directly at itself, it embraces the absurdity of the group’s situation, as well as the ongoing online culture Gen-Z is experiencing.” via Little White Lies.
For a movie intentionally trying to be woke and satirical, I was surprised this A24 neon gem didn’t shine brighter than I’d hoped. It’s a great escapist movie, and it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, but most of it fell in familiar, predictable territory. It tiptoes brilliantly around comedy and horror, but once the credits rolled, I kind of knew that its conclusion would pan out the way it did.
A little unhinged, a little chaotic, and super funny, this summer slasher will be a good at-home viewing possibly closer to spooky season. If you want to see it in theaters, you may want to save your money. But, if you take anything out of this review, see it for Rachel Sennott.🖤