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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

November 15, 1999

Even sex can't save 'Body Shots'

By AMANDA LEHMERT
The Tattoo
     
There's "foreplay." Then there is "good sex and bad sex,"
followed relentlessly by "afterplay." What's left is a pathetic
comedic drama that passes as a thinly veiled sixty year old
Hemingway novel. They call it, 'Body Shots.'

The film details one wild night in the lives of eight horny
heterosexual twenty-somethings. Using a series of intimate
confessionals, disorienting flashbacks, and skewed camera
angles, you delve deep into the lives of these mixed-up Gen
Xers. Only we find out that it isn't so deep at all. Each
professes to understand the difference between love and sex.
They know they want sex, but they may not be ready to love.

After an excruciatingly long, although visually interesting,
night club scene, the crew pairs off to get exactly what they
can't stop talking about. It's looking like they are all about to
get what they deserve, when one intoxicated pair has to mess
up everything by bringing up the issue that sex may not be
the answer if it isn't consensual. 

In the end, as viewers, we are praying that the last sexless
couple can come together and save love in the 90s as we
know it. But they can't because no one knows how to love
anymore. The characters have gotten what they wanted, but
they are still aren't happy. Now they are unhappy and
confused.

It seems Hemingway said the same thing years ago when he
had his characters traipsing around Italy, drinking and
chasing women in The Sun Also Rises. They too found that,
even when they saw just what they wanted before their eyes,
it wasn't enough. Only Hemingway, sadly enough, said it
better.

After all is said and done, the film falls quite short of
defining the past decade as it alludes to on its posters. Even
sex is not enough to sell this picture.      



   

 

   
   

      


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