Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
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Michael Steinberg, co-director of The Waterdance, made his solo directorial debut with the Gen-X character study Bodies, Rest & Motion. Written by Roger Hedden, based on his own play, the film's title refers to Newton's First Law of Motion, which states essentially that a body at rest or in motion will remain in that state until acted upon by an external force. The film is set in the desert town of Enfield, AZ. Nick (Tim Roth) is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively
Jan 1, 1993 Wide
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Sandra Ellis Laffert...
Yard Sale Lady
TV Store Kid
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The film squeaks in its joints whenever it tries too hard to make a 'generational statement,' and may annoy you with its glibness, but it manages to hold one's interest -- surprisingly at times, given the lightweight characters.
A laid-back look at youthful rootlessness which never really catches fire.
The other actors share an easy, appealing rapport and a flair for dry understatement, which is the film's prevailing tone.
In an era when many motion pictures are going for 'big,' it's nice to see well-known actors in a 'small' film like this.
Every generation spends a while in the navel observatory before learning that it's a shallow, lint-clogged pursuit.
The strength of it, the subtext of revolving door relationships, would have been better served if allowed to remain more subtle.
The narrative applies Newton's famous law to charcaters that are in rest (more inertsia here), forced to move by an external stimulus. The acting is good, but overall a static, venetless feature.
A generally winning romantic comedy possessing an unusual degree of self-importance, Bodies, Rest and Motion works primarily because of its likable cast.
Not much motion, but plenty of reason to rest
Forgettable rom-com fodder
Zeroes in on the efforts of four characters in their 20s struggling with the contradictory desires for roots and wings.
A great indie-list cast makes the angst worth watching.
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