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Body Shots (1999)

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A tale of the mysterious, but necessary, mating ritual between men and women of today and everything they think about sex but are afraid to say.

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Michael Cristofer

Writer:

David McKenna

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Basile ... Bartender
Scott Burkholder ... Man in Bar
Liz Coke Liz Coke ... Girl #2
Allison Dunbar ... Girl #3
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Rick Hamilton
Edmund Genest Edmund Genest ... Sara's Dad (as Edmond Genest)
Adam Lieberman ... Burger Joint Cop (as Adam Gordon)
Mark Hicks ... Bodyguard
Larry Joshua ... Detective Richards
Elizabeth Liebel Elizabeth Liebel ... Mrs. Drofsky
Ron Livingston ... Trent
Marc Lynn Marc Lynn ... Disco Bartender
Jerry O'Connell ... Michael Penorisi
Lou Paget Lou Paget ... Oral Sex Instructor
Amanda Peet ... Jane Bannister
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Storyline

Four hip women get ready for Friday night in LA: they dress, talk about sex, and hit a bar before meeting four men at a rave. The men prepare by talking about sex and drinking. Rick and Jean, two attorneys, have set up the evening, connect at the club, and have a good time. The pairings of Shawn, Trent, Whitney and Emma are more serendipitous. But it's Mike and Sara's night that has serious repercussions: he's an NFL player, loud, swaggering; she's a party animal who drinks a lot early that evening. At 4 AM, she appears at Jean's, disheveled and bruised, saying Mike raped her. Arrested, he says he's innocent, and in flashbacks we see both sides of the story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Tonight it's for sex. Tomorrow it's for real. (Unrated VHS Version) See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic sex-related dialogue, language, violence and scenes of alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Jello Shots See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$488,342, 24 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$239,894, 9 January 2000
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title was changed from "Jello Shots" to "Body Shots" because of threatened litigation on the part of Kraft Foods (owner of the "Jell-O" trademark). See more »

Quotes

Sara Olswang: I see a guy with a cute bum, I just want to bite it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening quote: "I'll go for a ride on your jelly roll. But I won't give you nothin' from my soul." --Anonymous See more »

Alternate Versions

Available on VHS/DVD in both R and unrated versions. (Unrated version runs 3 min. longer.) See more »

Connections

References Cleopatra Jones (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Cars Go By
Written by Chris Seefried
Performed by Joe 90
Music by Chris Seefried, Adam Hamilton, Gary DeRosa and Craig Ruda
Courtesy of E Pluribus Unum Recordings, LLC
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A Sign of the Apocalypse
16 November 1999 | by Mira S.See all my reviews

If you have ever wondered what sort of creative route the writers of Melrose Place might have taken if the show had been made for cable instead of Fox, Body Shots probably comes closest to what you might imagine. It has the same ridiculous scenarios and characters you can't stand, but with graphic sex scenes and explicit language.

Directed by Michael Cristofer (Hush) and written by David McKenna (American History X), Body Shots is the story of eight twenty-somethings still struggling with commitment issues, insecurities, and their libidos. One night on the town, the four men: Sean Patrick Flannery (Simply Irresistible), Jerry O' Connell (The 60's), Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Brad Rowe (Stonebrook), and the four women: Tara Reid (American Pie), Amanda Peet (Simply Irresistible), Emily Procter (Guinevere), and Sybil Temchen (The Passion of Ayn Rand) each pair off under different circumstances, and we are shown each of their "affairs" through a combination of flashbacks, testimonies, and "actual" footage. The film is divided up into three parts, Foreplay, Good Sex/Bad Sex and Afterplay. These subdivisions have no relevance to the plot of the movie, and seem to serve no purpose other than to make the film look trendy.

Dispersed throughout the film were mini-confessions a la the "Real World" where each character ruminates on sex, relationships and men and women. What makes these monologues so absurd is that none of these characters are likable and therefore, their two-cents are uninspiring and completely unamusing. The acting is this film was truly horrendous. It took the cake for worst acting ever. Come to think of it, it took the whole godamn cake store.

A rape scenario is introduced and most of the movie focuses on the two disputing testimonies of those involved. However the he said/she said conflicting stories are cliche and I felt as though I was watching a really bad after-school special. The movie is chock-full of cheesy camera effects such as fade-ins and fade-outs, painfully long close-ups, and unnecessary slow motion. Perhaps the director was hoping to make up for the movie's weak plot, bad dialogue, and horrendous acting with style, but no amount of gloss or tricks could have saved this film. Its two-dimensional characters, countless clichés, and obvious ending make Body Shots as unpleasant as your worst hangover.


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