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Bodies Bodies Bodies
U.S.A. 2022

Opening 27 Oct 2022

Directed by: Halina Reijn
Writing credits: Sarah DeLappe, Kristen Roupenian
Principal actors: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Chase Su Wonders, Pete Davidson

It’s a Gen Z slasher film with very little horror, quite a bit of blood, a hint of satire, and a façade of humor. A female twentyish posse meet in David’s (Pete Davidson) family mansion to hold a hurricane party. Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) arrives with her Russian girlfriend Bee (Maria Bakalova), a seemingly innocent guest who has stumbled upon a toxic house party. Through her eyes the audience soon susses out that the bevy of supposed besties have complicated relationships. David is Sophie’s best friend and boyfriend to actress Emma (Chase Sui Wonders). He is uncontrollably jealous of hunky Greg (Lee Pace), an aging Gen Xer. David admits he himself is not much to look at but boasts, “I just look like I f*ck. That’s the vibe I like to put out there.” (Fans of Pete Davidson might just suspect this bit of dialogue was tweaked for the BDE actor.)

As the hurricane approaches, they begin to play Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, a whodunit murder mystery party game which they sadistically spice up by slapping each other in the face, hard, at the beginning of each round. Needless to say, it doesn’t take long for the real murders to begin. If you have taken note of the gender of the director, writers, and most of the splendid cast, it doesn’t take Agatha Christie to figure out who are the first to get slashed. The fun is just how! (Pat Frickey)

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