got a PhD in English without sacrificing his hip-hop talent, he might have turned out something like Adam (Calum Worthy
), the scrawny white hero of Joseph Kahn
.” Kahn’s long-awaited follow-up to his snarky teen slasher comedy “Detention
” is a hyper-stylized rap satire that plays out like Scott Pilgrim stumbling into “8 Mile” and stealing the spotlight. Set in an assaultive world of underground rap battles in which Adam finds himself unexpectedly talented, “Bodied
” delivers the provocative goods at an alarming rate, and boasts Eminem
as an executive producer as if to embolden its point.
With Adam learning to embrace racist and misogynist one-liners in his rise to hip-hop stardom, the movie might seem too crude for its own good, but “Bodied
” — directed by an Asian American and largely starring people of color — has been designed to interrogate the very reaction provoked by its existence. It may be overlong and uneven,