Some Body

on April 26, 2002 by Jordan Reed
   “Some Body” starts fittingly with a great 20-something party scene in a tight, cookie-cutter L.A. apartment where most of the fun stuff happens in the overcrowded kitchen, near the alcohol and the open window, cigarettes ineffectually being held outside in a half-assed attempt to avoid smoking out the rest of the gathering. Samantha (Stephanie Bennett) is having a blast, at least until she gets too drunk and starts flirting, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend Anthony (Jeramy Guillory). They leave in anger, and the tiff reveals deeper issues; the next morning she calls their relationship quits, to Anthony's dismay and anger.

   From there, “Some Body” starts to emit a “Looking For Mr. Goodbar” vibe, detailing Samantha's descent into problem drinking and a small stream of random sexual partners, including the menacing Tony T (Tom Vitorino), a bulky guido who appears to have slithered directly out of a particularly painful episode of “Blind Date,” and her much less threatening, appealing new neighbor Billy (Billy Ray Gallion). In the midst of all these encounters, she refuses to let Anthony go, even though she knows he has taken up with another woman. Samantha pesters him with disturbingly life-like, pitiful phone calls--equal parts rant and desperation and empty threat--while he and his new, manipulative squeeze Eve (Laura Katz) cower under the comforter on his bed.

   Culled from Bennett's real-life relationships and featuring her actual ex-boyfriends--hence the sometimes unsteady acting--“Some Body” winds up being both revelatory and narcissistic, achieving some honest insight into relationships that most high-concept films candy-coat with pat storylines, precious circumstances and beautiful stars. Like Nicholas Barker's “Unmade Beds,” it drags the viewer into the moments it depicts and, if it occasionally sinks into common or overused conversations or situations, that unusual inclusion makes such theatrical shortcomings seem natural and necessary. We're all guilty of speaking in clichés. Otherwise they wouldn't be clichés. Starring Stephanie Bennett and Jeramy Guillory. Directed by Henry Barrial. Written by Stephanie Bennett and Henry Barrial. Produced by Stephanie Bennett, Henry Barrial and Geoffrey Pepos. A Lot 47 release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 81 min

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