Bodies, Rest & Motion

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Bodies, Rest & Motion
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Directed by Michael Steinberg
Produced by Joel Kastelberg
Screenplay by Roger Hedden
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography Bernd Heinl
Edited by Jay Cassidy
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date
  • April 9, 1993 (1993-04-09)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bodies, Rest & Motion is a 1993 American drama film written by Roger Hedden based on his play, and directed by Michael Steinberg. The film stars Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth, and Eric Stoltz: they play four friends who are interested in the relationships they have and changing their own lives, but along the way their interests in life and each other start to change. The film also stars Bridget Fonda's real life father, Peter Fonda, as a motorcyclist.

Bodies, Rest & Motion was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



Janet Maslin called the characters played by the four central actors "quirky, magnetic", saying they are set against the backdrop of a "bland, artificial culture winning its war with nature"; the film is "much too studiedly hip to indulge in a happy ending, but in its wry, offbeat way it does inch forward. In this jaded context, a small step in the right direction is indeed a large step for mankind."[2] According to People, the film "wants desperately to say something profound about the condition of twentysomethings. But it succeeds only in sounding like outtakes from an undergrad bull session. While Fonda and Cates manage to keep their footing, Roth elicits no emotion beyond irritation, and Stoltz acts as if he's had his nose in the latex too long."[3] Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, saying it is "one of those movies that not only comes accompanied by supporting materials, but seems fairly pointless unless you brief yourself"; according to Ebert, if the viewer knows Newton's first law of motion and keeps in mind that "'Generation X' is a media buzzword for the late-twentysomethings [who have been] so named, apparently, for their lack of an identity", it is "possible to watch Bodies, Rest and Motion, and find that it makes a statement about its generation. Without the cheat sheet, you'd more likely say the movie is about a bunch of aimless, boring, hopeless drips, who inspire neither sympathy nor interest. If I were a doctor, I'd suspect Lyme disease."[4] Of 29 reviews aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes, 52% are positive.

Original stage version[edit]

Hedden wrote the script based on his own play, which premiered off-Broadway on December 21, 1986, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, with William H. Macy as Nick, Christina Moore as Carol, Laurie Metcalf as Beth, and Andrew McCarthy as Sid.[5] According to Frank Rich, the play's "meager plot—an arbitrary coupling or two, followed by equally whimsical leave-takings and reunions—leads to nothing more than a sentimental final-curtain reaffirmation of the transforming powers of true love."[6] The original run lasted 22 performances.[5]

Home video[edit]

The film received a laserdisc release from Criterion Collection.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Bodies, Rest & Motion". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (April 9, 1993). "Inertia, But Crisply". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Bodies, Rest & Motion". People. April 26, 1993. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 23, 1993). "Bodies, Rest And Motion". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Bodies, Rest and Motion". Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ Rich, Frank. "Stage: Bodies, Rest and Motion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

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