Video Review

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Bridget Fonda and Eric Stoltz; Distributor: Fine Line Features

Director Michael Steinberg's Bodies, Rest & Motion mostly succeeds at being both a screwball comedy and a zeitgeist-defining youth culture flick. Unfortunately for this deluxe laserdisc edition, Steinberg, screenwriter Roger Hedden, and actor-coproducer Eric Stoltz won't let the movie's quirkiness speak for itself. As much as one admires the stunning wide-screen transfer and spectacular stereo here, the trio's second audio-track commentary is so full of guff like ''This is about human beings in desperate need'' that most human beings listening would need (pace Oscar Wilde) a heart of stone not to laugh. Bodies, Rest & Motion is an interesting movie; as a laserdisc, however, it seems to support the observation that too many of today's young auteurs have gone from film school to moviemaking without ever having passed through life. B-

Originally posted Feb 11, 1994 Published in issue #209 Feb 11, 1994 Order article reprints