Body Shots

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -4

Four men and four women explore thoughts on love, sex, and rape in this unusual character study. As one character says, you dont date in the 90s, you meet up, go out with some friends and, if you like each other, leave together. Rick (Sean Patrick Flannery), a young lawyer, recently met Jane (Amanda Peet), another lawyer, and they plan a social night. Rick and fellow lawyer Sean (Brad Rowe) meet up with Mike (Jerry OConnell), Ricks high school friend and pro-footballer at a bar. At a dance club, they join up with Jane and her friends. Sean dated Sarah (Tara Reid), but his shy nature loses to the more aggressive Mike. After lots of drinking and dancing, Mike leaves with Sarah. Sarah later accuses Mike of rape, which puts barriers to Rick and Janes relationship as he defends Mike and she advises Sarah. Many times, the characters share their thoughts with the camera and scenes show differing views. For Mike it was consentual sex, for Sarah it was rape. And for the young adult audience, its left unresolved. The dating crowd will have better things to do.

BODY SHOTS explicit sexual discussions and graphic acts should have earned it an NC-17 rating. Scenes of the alleged rape are shown from both Mike and Sarahs view, accompanied by breast and rear nudity. Brief male frontal nudity occurs in a gym shower and a rubber model of a phallus sits on a womans lap as she teaches a class on sexual variations. Promiscuous sex appears along with excessive alcohol drinking, the negative aspects of which are presented as Jane questions Sarah about drunken memory loss. Sadly, the characters also think they can separate sex acts from emotions such as love. One insightful comment says, Sex without love equals violence. Violence also takes the form of a brutal fist fight. Language is equally appalling with more than 90 obscenities and 22 regular profanities. BODY SHOTS offers lots of immorality and little hope.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
New Line Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Flr, Ny, NY 10106

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (18) times - Mild 6, moderate 12

Obscene Language: Many (93) times - F-word 58, s-word 15, other 20

Profanity: Many (31) times - Regular 22 (JC 6, J 8, GD 5, Csake 1, Swear to God 2), exclamatory 9 (OMG)

Violence: Few times - Moderate and severe (woman w/cut lip and forehead, hits, graphic fist fight, bloody faces, shoves, scenes of rape)

Sex: Several times (graphic 4 times, 3 with nudity)

Nudity: Many times (breast, male/female rear, brief male frontal, rubber model of male anatomy); Near Nudity - several times (men/women in underwear, tight short dresses, cleavage emphasized)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Almost constant - discussions of male/female view of sex, slang for sexual variations, suggestive dancing

Drugs: Heavy alcohol drinking/drunkenness, cigarette smoking, references to hangovers/ blackouts

Other: Urination, vomiting, different views on sex and love expressed, class on sexual variations shown, explicit anatomical words

Running Time: 99 minutes
Intended Audience: Young Adults

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