Bodies Bodies Bodies

Bodies Bodies Bodies ★★★½

MIFF 2022 #25

A group of out of touch rich 20-somethings throw a party and decide to play Bodies Bodies Bodies (which is basically Among Us). The night quickly descends into chaos when people start dying for real.

This was one of my most anticipated films of the fest, and while it’s far from perfect I had a very good time watching it. This is largely due to the fantastic cast who manage to keep things afloat every time the film threatens to go off the rails. Everyone is great but for me the standout is Rachel Sennott. Loved her in Shiva Baby and she is absolutely hilarious in this. Also found Pete Davidson really funny.

When it tries to be a social commentary is when it falters a little bit, and the dialogue varies significantly in quality from line to line. As fun as it is to watch rich wankers in bad situations, there’s a certain smug mean-spirited nature about the way these characters are drawn. It’s not that they’re bad people, it’s that film is so hell bent on making fun of Gen Z slang that it comes off quite bitter and at times feels as out of touch as the characters are supposed to be. 

It doesn’t quite work as a slasher, but once all the pieces are revealed I really like the way this plays out. Wish they made more use of the location though because at times this is really visually muddy. It’s a really fun time at the movies and has probably the best use of a tiktok I’ve seen in a film yet. That’s a pretty low bar though.

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