Good, but nothing great.
It’s pretty hard to write a review about a movie that neither impresses nor disappoints. You expect something from a movie, the first thing you want is to be entertained, you want to view a good story being played out well by good actors. Many movies have a message and that is welcome as well. Whatever it might be, you want to take away something from the movie. Unfortunately, after watching Body Shots, I can’t figure out if there was something about it that would make me remember it.
Body Shots, directed by Michael Cristofer and written by David McKenna, is a 1999 release staring Tara Reid, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jerry O’Connell and Amanda Peet amongst others. The story is about four girls and four guys who go clubbing together. As is apparent from the movie’s name, a lot of alcohol is downed through the night and for some, the drunken as well as sexual debauchery goes horribly wrong. Tara Reid’s character, Sara accuses Michael (played by O’Connell) of raping her, who denies the charges.
The movie begins well with a wounded Sara driving frantically to reach her friend Jane’s (Peet) home. Jane is at home with Rick (Flanery) and they are just about to get romantic when Sara comes ringing the doorbell and crying rape. The story then goes to the previous night and chronicles the events leading to the next morning when Sara files charges against Michael.
In some parts, Body Shots is interesting. Although the story is compelling enough to keep you hooked, the acting is mediocre and so are the multiple sex scenes. In fact, its Tara Reid’s topless scenes that have made Body Shots as popular as it is. In the end, neither Sara’s nor Michael’s version of the night’s events are shown to be either true or false. A loose message of the movie would be against debauchery, but you don’t really know. At the end of the movie, the feeling I got was that it was a good movie, but there was nothing about it that I would have missed if I hadn’t seen it.
Body Shots is definitely sexy, fun in parts, won’t bore you but won’t leave you feeling entertained either.
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