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Date rape and vodka tonics for the stars of ''Body Shots''

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Tara Reid
Vivian Zink

It’s getting ugly for beautiful twentysomethings. Kevin Williamson’s post-teen series ”Wasteland” has been banished from the airwaves until November sweeps are over, and the new movie ”Body Shots” debuted in a disappointing 18th place last weekend. If the film’s cryptic title (a switch from the clever but copyright-infringing ”Jell-O Shots”) wasn’t enough of a turn-off, its disturbing date-rape theme appears to be keeping audiences away in droves. Still, star Tara Reid defends ”Body” as a public service. ”I think it’s an important movie for our generation,” says the 21-year-old actress. ”The reason it would be a buzz kill is because it’s reality. Sometimes we do drink a little too much and get a little too crazy and things go wrong. This movie will make you think twice before you get that crazy drunk.”

Well, it will make MOST people think twice before they get crazy drunk. Jerry O’Connell, who plays the football star accused of raping Reid’s character, admits that while the movie’s dark look at dating in the ’90s made him think, it isn’t slowing him down. ”I have a convertible, I’m living in L.A., I’m making bucks, I go out every night,” brags the 25-year-old, who can also be seen in Mariah Carey’s ”Heartbreaker” video. In fact, O’Connell says he even got to enjoy a ”research” outing or two with Reid. ”We had a good time partying,” he admits. ”There was a little imbibing. But I had the cab drop her off, so don’t start rumors about us.”

If sticking New Line with his bar tab was a great perk, shooting the date-rape sex scenes with Reid — a real-life buddy from his days at New York City’s Professional Children’s School — turned out to be less of a party than he expected. ”I was very gung-ho going into it, thinking, great, I’m basically getting paid to dry hump all day!” jokes O’Connell. ”But to be honest, I got very nervous. Tara was the cool one.” Hey, we’re happy that her role in ”American Pie” taught her something.

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