Steve Simels
February 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bodies, Rest & Motion

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Bridget Fonda, Eric Stoltz, Phoebe Cates, Tim Roth
director
Michael Steinberg
distributor
Fine Line Features
author
Roger Hedden
genre
Romance, Drama

We gave it a C-

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-

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