Plot: What’s it about?
A lot can happen in the course of one evening, especially if it is Friday night and eight people are looking to have some serious good times. This Friday night is set to be one of the best in a long time, as four beautiful young women prepare to spend the night with four eligible bachelors, doing whatever the night dictates. Each side prepares for the night’s happenings in their own ways, both a little different, but also nearly the same. The girls spend hours getting ready and talking about sex and the guys just discuss sex, but both sides end up tossing back some drinks before the night kicks into gear. As the night rolls on, the guys and girls begin to pair off and before you know it, the night has grown long and the time to make decisions have come. Some have a lot of fun, others have less than stellar times, while two of them become involved in a process neither will ever forget. One of the girls claims to have been raped and while the truth is sorted out, all of them think over the choices they made in the night before.
As they’ve done for a titles in the past, New Line has issued this film in two versions here, the theatrical rated R edition and an unrated version. The differences between the two don’t amount to much, but I always welcome viewing options on discs. And talk about options, on this disc you can choose between unrated and rated cuts of the film, as well as full frame or anamorphic widescreen editions. How about that for choices, right? The film itself drew me in thanks to the cast, which includes such names as Tara Reid, Jerry O’Connell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Amanda Peet, and of course, Ron Livingston. No, these folks aren’t known for their traditional skills, but I knew it would be a fun flick with them all involved. The movie isn’t always fun as it turns out and it does deal with some serious issues, but never becomes too preachy and remains more than worth a look. I’m not sure it holds a lot of replay value, but the brisk pace and dazzling visuals make it a breeze the first time through. I think this is a terrific movie and while it is isn’t a classic, I think it deserves a rental, perhaps even a purchase.
Talk about your young, fresh casts, Body Shots has one that rivals Swingers and Go, to be sure. I don’t think any of these performers are that talented in the normal sense, but in fast paced more modern efforts like this one, they seem to work just fine. I am not usually a fan of Tara Reid (American Pie, Urban Legend), but she turns in a nice performance here and won a few points with me. She seems very natural within her role and never forces the nuances, like she often does. She has a ways to go before I will call myself a fan, but this is a step in the right direction. Also in fine form is a personal favorite of mine, Ron Livingston. Livingston (Office Space, Swingers) is more offbeat than usual in this role, but this never hampers his performance in the least. I wasn’t sure how well he would fare in this part, but he comes through with no problems at all. The rest of this cast includes Jerry O’Connell (Mission To Mars, Jerry Maguire), Emily Procter (Leaving Las Vegas, The Big Tease), Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, Suicide Kings), and Amanda Peet (The Whole Nine Yards, One Fine Day). The director of Body Shots is Michael Cristofer, who also helmed Original Sin and Gia.
Video: How does it look?
Body Shots is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a full frame version also included on this dual layered disc. This is a fantastic looking transfer by all means, but a few small problems keep it from gaining the perfect score. This film uses some intense color schemes, especially in the club scenes, but minimal bleeds and smears are present. In such overly rich hues like these however, that is expected to some extent and the flaws are never extreme. No issues with the contrast at all, as black levels look dead on and no detail loss is evident. I did see some slight flaws with the source print, but no compression errors are present in the least. Yeah, some small issues here and there, but this is still a superior transfer.
Audio: How does it sound?
This disc includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and while this film might not seem powerful in terms of audio, but this disc offers a memorable and effective experience. The on screen action isn’t what powers this mix though, instead it is the music that shines through here and sets the tempo for the movie as a whole. The nightclub sequences are the most memorable, but any time the musical soundtrack is present, the mix livens up more than a little. In the club scenes, the music pounds through the surrounds, but you can always the hear the intended dialogue also, much like a real club atmosphere. But while those scenes are the showcase pieces of the audio track, the rest of the film also sounds good. Dialogue is always clean and crisp, while subtle audio comes through with no problems as well. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround track and English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains the film’s theatrical trailer and some talent files. I also consider the inclusion of an unrated cut of the film as an extra of some sort, as it is a bonus to be sure.