Magazine article Variety

Bodied

Magazine article Variety

Bodied

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Bodied

Director: Joseph Kahn

Cast: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Jonathan "Dumbfoundead" Park, Dizaster

In the world of battle rapping, no one gets points for restraint or high-minded delicacy. Fortunately, those are two qualities rarely ascribed to veteran music video director Joseph Kahn, who skips giggling through minefields of controversy in his frenetic satire "Bodied." Following a dweeby white grad student who accidentally becomes a rap battle celebrity, Kahn's third feature is both a love letter to the foulmouthed poetry of battling, and an opportunity to subject one nuclear- grade subject after another - race relations, appropriation, cultural tourism - to the director's puckish bad taste. Pummeling, overlong and at times a bit too proud of its own provocations, "Bodied" is nonetheless a feverishly entertaining spectacle, and Kahn's willingness to put every liberal piety on the Summer Jam screen proves intoxicating.

Two competitors take turns tearing one another to shreds in a cappella rhymes, their battles staged at underground events that are structured somewhere between bare-knuckle boxing matches and unusually antagonistic improv games. …

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