Body Shots (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 January 2000 (Spain)
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A tale of the mysterious, but necessary, mating ritual between men and women of today and everything they think about sex but are afraid to say.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Burkholder ...
Man in Bar
Liz Coke ...
Girl #2
Girl #3
Rick Hamilton
Edmund Genest ...
Sara's Dad (as Edmond Genest)
Burger Joint Cop (as Adam Gordon)
Detective Richards
Elizabeth Liebel ...
Mrs. Drofsky
Marc Lynn ...
Disco Bartender
Michael Penorisi
Lou Paget ...
Oral Sex Instructor
Jane Bannister


Four hip women get ready for Friday night in LA: they dress, talk about sex, and hit a bar before meeting four men at a rave. The men prepare by talking about sex and drinking. Rick and Jean, two attorneys, have set up the evening, connect at the club, and have a good time. The pairings of Shawn, Trent, Whitney and Emma are more serendipitous. But it's Mike and Sara's night that has serious repercussions: he's an NFL player, loud, swaggering; she's a party animal who drinks a lot early that evening. At 4 AM, she appears at Jean's, disheveled and bruised, saying Mike raped her. Arrested, he says he's innocent, and in flashbacks we see both sides of the story. Written by <>

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There are movies that define every decade... One night will change eight lives forever. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic sex-related dialogue, language, violence and scenes of alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Jello Shots  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$488,342 (USA) (22 October 1999)


$239,894 (USA) (7 January 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's title was changed from "Jello Shots" to "Body Shots" because of threatened litigation on the part of Kraft Foods (owner of the "Jell-O" trademark). See more »


Sara Olswang: I see a guy with a cute bum, I just want to bite it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening quote: "I'll go for a ride on your jelly roll. But I won't give you nothin' from my soul." --Anonymous See more »


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Written by Lou Donaldson
Performed by Lou Donaldson
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Another shallow pretentious film about hip Gen-Xers dealing with sex in the 90s
25 October 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Body Shots attempts to be a hip, cutting edge commentary on sex in the 90s, but fails miserably. Screenwriter David McKenna shoves in every pathetic,tiresome pretentious stereotype he can drudge up about hip Gen-Xers living and dating in Los Angeles. While Body Shots attempts to be the Swingers Sex in the 90s, it never makes it. With a less than witty script filled with stale cliches and awkward lines, how could it?

Director Michael Cristofer couldn't decide if he wanted this to be a mocumentary, with occasional testimonials by cast members commenting on their ideas about sex directly to the camera, or a drama, touching on the subject of date rape. While these characters are supposed to be the voice of twenty-somethings in the 90s, attempting to provide us with thought-provoking material, they end up instead making cliched, shallow statements that are laughable rather than interesting. While all of us Gen-Xers are supposed to be sitting in the theater thinking, "Yeah, that is so true. That is my life.", we instead sit there trying not to laugh at the cheesy dialogue and trite situations these characters are in. The only relief Body Shots provides for the audience is Ron Livingston, who's occasional entertaining, quirky comic relief is particularly impressive when one considers the lame material he has to work with.

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