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Bodies, Rest & Motion
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by Chris Parry

"Eric Stoltz is cool personified, even when he's a minimum wage flunky."
4 stars

This movie always reminds me of why I dig Eric Stoltz. Fast Times at Ridgemont High reminds me of why I dig Phoebe Cates, Jackie Brown gives me my Bridget Fonda fix, but this one and Killing Zoe are vintage Eric Stoltz.

A dysfunctional relationship in small town Arizona is leading two people to a mental collapse. Immature asshole Tim Roth is planning to rip off his employers because they’re sacking him, while attention-starved girlfriend Fonda whiles away her daylight hours wishing for something to stoke her fires again. That something appears on the scene as she prepares to vacate her home after her boyfriend disappears, telling a mutual friend (Cates) that he couldn’t explain why he was going, but that it was just time to go.

Distraught and disheartened, Fonda is surprised by a painter (Stoltz) who walks in and begins painting her home before she’s even had a chance to empty it. A little bit stoner, a little bit philosopher, and very much the incurable romantic, Stoltz sparks something in Fonda that has been long dormant. They talk a lot, they screw a bit, they fall into something for an evening that might not be there when the sun comes up next day…

This is a fun flick. It’s a little bit too talky for its own good at times, and Tim Roth’s character is about as unlikable as any you’ll see, but there’s a total sense of fun about the proceedings that you can see from the expressions of those involved. Phoebe Cates is just a bucket of sunshine from start to finish, Fonda’s on-screen depression is continually interrupted by Stoltz’s witticisms, and even when Roth’s being an absolute bastard, he’s a funny absolute bastard.

Produced by Stoltz and featuring a neat little Peter Fonda cameo, Bodies, Rest and Motion isn’t the kind of movie that many will hunt down, but it’s a movie that deserves a look.

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  09-Apr-1993 (R)

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  02-Feb-1994 (MA)




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