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Bodies, Rest & Motion

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

April. 09,1993
| Drama Romance

Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic attentions of Sid, a local housepainter.


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The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.

Humaira Grant

It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.


A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.


A very interesting movie with great dialog. I understand this was originally a play be the filming does a great job of removing the limits that plays that become movies often face. This had good set and settings. It's a quite movie so don't watch it if you're tired because it won't keep you perky. But never less I found this to be a very enjoyable film and wanted more. The characters were very well develop and well acted. All the characters demonstrated their strengths and weakness without dialog that assumes the watcher couldn't figure out what was going on and without any major over acting (though the character of Nick was just a bit overdone). The motorcycle twist was cool and subtle, well done.


Like many movies, your expectations going in can greatly influence your opinion of a movie. This is one is an exception to my expectations. I really like the main cast - Bridgett Fonda, Tim Roth, Phoebe Cates and Eric Stoltz and went in with pretty high expectations. The movie met my expectations. It was neither disappointing, nor the best movie I'd ever seen, but was very satisfying. If you like the cast, you'll most likely enjoy the movie. It had been quite a while since I had seen Phoebe Cates in anything, so I was glad to see her in this movie. I like Tim Roth and Bridgett Fonda in just about every movie they make. The movie also features Alicia Witt in one of her earlier roles.


Bodies, Rest and Motion is an entertaining, well shot, well acted and well written film. Yes, as the title suggests, it is "philosophical", but it is certainly not dry or pretentious. The twists and turns used to sneak the "philosophy" into the mouths of the characters are fantastically clever. (Reminds me of Mamet.) However, this dialog is so well written that it fits perfectly into the mouths of these characters. This film can be watched two ways: as a slacker diary similar to Dazed and Confused, Clerks or Mall Rats or as a language-driven meditation on love, fidelity and ambition (lack thereof).I've read reviews that call this film pretentious. I suspect that those reviewers don't appreciate that film can be linguistically creative and intellectually stimulating while still being fun. However, I feel that one of the reasons that this film was overlooked was that it was classified as a romantic comedy. Do not go into this film looking for "You've Got Mail" or "Down with Love". Also, don't go into this film looking for a hero to cheer for (though you might just find one).Judge for yourself: Would Eric Stolz, Phoebe Cates, Tim Roth and Bridgett Fonda lend their colossal talents to pretentious garbage? If you're a writer, screenwriter or poet, then snag a copy of the script. Like Mamet's work, this script is well worth the read just to savor the writer's talent for making seemingly mundane dialog speak volumes.This is a very under-rated and under-appreciated film!


This movie is a character study, and the correlation between the Newtonian laws of physics (bodies at rest tend to remain at rest; bodies in motion tend to remain in motion) and the characters in the movie are left to the viewer to "get." Thus, the movie starts out expecting its viewers to have stayed awake through Physics 101. Good luck staying awake through the movie.I like Tim Roth. I like Bridget Fonda. I like Eric Stoltz. Just not in this movie. Bridget's character was believable, and felt very real, but there wasn't enough plot to keep me interested or any character that I truly liked enough for this movie to make any significant impression. * out of *****.