Bodies Bodies Bodies Parent Guide
Packing 194 sexual expletives into a 95 minute script is an achievement, albeit a negative one.
Parent Movie Review
Although Bee (Maria Bakalova) is a working class immigrant from Eastern Europe, her girlfriend Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) is from an exceptionally affluent family and has friends with similar backgrounds. So, when Sophie’s childhood best friend David (Pete Davidson) throws an outrageous and ill-advised “hurricane party” at his parents’ palatial home, Bee is a little nervous. Surrounded by opulence and Sophie’s wealthy friends, she doesn’t quite know how to fit in.
Social faux-pas and infighting become minor issues when Bee finds Pete outside in the storm, blood spraying from his neck, dead as a doornail. With the weather worsening, no cell phone reception, a complete power failure, and a murderer in their midst, these naïve twenty-somethings are going to be lucky to make it through the night alive – and that’s assuming that their fractious, toxic, and heartily unpleasant personal relationships don’t do them in first.
The story’s characters certainly live up to popular expectations of spoiled, irritating rich kids who grew up into spoiled, irritating young adults, obsessed with themselves and their cherry-picked online personas. The most irksome problem is that the dialogue sometimes sounds like it was written by a 40-year old who asked the nearest teenager for some buzzwords.
For most people, the biggest issue with the film will have more to do with the profanity, violence, sex, and drug use than with the characters. One hundred and ninety four f-bombs in 95 minutes may not be a record, but it is a mind-boggling amount of profanity to pack into a relatively short time frame. Some of that comes from the repetitively obscene lyrics to some of the music choices, but the vast majority comes from our verbose potential victims. Then there’s the gory murders, heavy drinking, cocaine use, and frequent sexual language. While this is marketed at older teens and young adults, I don’t know too many parents who would be wild about shipping their kid off to a film like this.
For all the production’s faults, Bodies Bodies Bodies seems to land well with its target audience – if the irritatingly loud laughter and poorly muffled commentary from the teens in the back of my theatre are anything to go by. If you can look past all that content, there’s a reasonably fun, funny, and well-thought-out mystery in here. But for parents, the negative content is a lot to overlook. I have to confess I had a passable time, even if I spent more time squinting at the swear count in my notebook than looking directly at the screen.Directed by Halina Reijn. Starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Pete Davidson. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release August 12, 2022. Updated January 12, 2024
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Bodies Bodies Bodies rated R? Bodies Bodies Bodies is rated R by the MPAA for violence, bloody images, drug use, sexual references, and pervasive language
Violence: A person is seen with fatal lacerations to the neck. Other characters are bludgeoned, pushed down a long flight of stairs, thrown from balconies, and shot. People are also occasionally punched or slapped.
Sexual Content: Characters are seen kissing passionately fairly frequently and groping one another, although no nudity is seen. Characters are seen in revealing swimwear. There are several instances of suggestive or explicit dialogue.
Profanity: There are 194 sexual expletives, 13 scatological terms, and frequent uses of terms of deity and mild curses.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen vaping, ingesting marijuana, drinking, taking Xanax, and snorting cocaine. There are references to addiction and overdose.
Page last updated January 12, 2024
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If you like Maria Bakalova, groups of morons, and heavy drug use, you’ll probably enjoy The Bubble. Other closed-room murder mysteries include Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, The Hateful Eight, Clue, Knives Out, And Then There Were None, Shutter Island, Gosford Park, The Commuter, Source Code, Non-Stop, Bullet Train, Bad Times at the El Royale, and Flightplan.