“Bodies, Bodies, Bodies” is the most Gen Z movie of all time. Here’s why.
Gen Zers can now say they’re the main characters in a movie about their life, instead of just joking about it.
“Bodies, Bodies, Bodies” (in theaters now) is set in a drug-filled mansion where a group of twenty-somethings (Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and Rachel Sennott, among others) take refuge from a hurricane by doing the night party one way. To add some spice to the evening, they play a murder mystery game called Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, which is all fun and games until real corpses pile up.
The darkly-humored social satire muddles everything from the Wi-Fi blackout panic to social media challenges gone wrong – but all with the best of Gen Z in mind. “I never intend to poke fun, mock or undermine,” promises director Halina Reijn.
Here are four ways “Bodies” turns out to be the most Gen Z movie of all time.
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In “Bodies”, the friends are unfazed by the storm raging outside the walls of the mansion, and they are willing to put aside their personal issues with each other to prioritize one thing: doing TikToks with Tyga and Curtis Roach’s Gen Z quarantine anthem “Bored at Home.”
Reijn uses the hurricane as a metaphor for how we respond to disasters in the digital age.
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“There is a huge war in Ukraine, we are melting because there are heat waves due to climate change, abortion is banned, and at the same time we are all on Instagram,” Reijn says. “That is, of course, also human nature. In the face of death, we still talk about mundane things.
Amid the murder chaos, there is concern for mental health
As the death toll rises in “Bodies,” the characters get candid about the struggles they face, including Alice (Sennott), who reveals in a tense chat that she suffers from body dysmorphia.
The ‘Shiva Baby’ actress says she shared her real-life experience with dysmorphia at a cast dinner, and Reijn wrote it into the movie. Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with perceived flaws in their appearance.
The characters in the film also take the time to castigate those who don’t use correct language.
In one scene, Jordan (Myha’la Herrold) is called an ableist by Sophie (Stenberg) for using the term “psychopath”. In another, David (Davidson) is accused of “gaslighting” by his girlfriend Emma (Chase Sui Wonders), although he criticizes the use of the term, calling it “Twitter talk”.
“They use the words very easily because they have access to all the vocabulary via their phone, but sometimes they haven’t really experienced it yet,” says Reijn.
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The movie’s hyperpop soundtrack is pulled from the Gen Z cast’s playlists
The “Bodies” soundtrack includes hyperpop needle drops from the actors’ own playlists, Reijn says. Stenberg, for example, chose “212” by Azealia Banks.
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Pop star Charli XCX recorded an original song called “Hot Girl” for the soundtrack after seeing the film and being associated with it. “I can’t tell you how creative, quick, open, smart she is,” says Reijn. “I’m really, really in love with her.”
Astrology is the best defense for a Tinder connection
Alice brings to the party her new 40-year-old boyfriend, Greg (Lee Pace), who is immediately suspected of being the killer because he is a stranger.
She says they met on Tinder and when her friends asked her to answer questions about her job or her middle name, Alice defends her love interest by exclaiming, “It’s a Libra Moon!”
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“I think all of astrology among Gen Z is such a mainstream and accepted thing to talk about and define others,” Reijn says. “It just had to be there and had to be part of it, and how they communicate and how they date.”
Sennott, who follows astrology, stands by his character’s assessment.
“A Libra moon, to me, probably doesn’t look like a murderer, to be honest,” Sennott says. “A Libra Moon is like a free spirit.”