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Body Rock
(1984)
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 9.5 Beans

hilly D, a child of the streets, just wants to dance. He enjoys the same things any street-hardened youth likes to do: dancing with his friends, watching guys breakdance on cardboard sheets, talking about dancing, going to dance clubs, and being played by Lorenzo Lamas. Yes, the life of Chilly D is modest but full. "Body Rock" is the story of his rise to fame, and the price that must be paid for it.

As the movie opens, we see Chilly D living a typical day of life in the big city. He and his friends would love to dance as a job, but it's so hard to get hooked up. Until one day Chilly gets involved with an insidious record company guy and his ancient whore. Together, they cast a magical spell made up of the promise of fame and a leather jacket with "Chilly D" on the back, and our hero begins spiralling downward spiritually while his star rises at a local club owned by the evil record company guy.

I would think that "Body Rock" would be the last "rags to riches and back to rags but happy" story ever made, just because it's so terrible, but I think a few more have been made in the years since its release. "Body Rock" never quite attains the incredible level of horror that "Breakin' 2" does (although the Lorenzo Lamas gay bar scene is pretty scary in its own way). The movie takes its plot very seriously, and even allows Lamas a musical number that is beyond excruciating.

Overall, "Body Rock" is less a film than an endurance test. You know exactly what's going to happen, you know just how it's going to end, and yet you feel compelled to sit through such scenes as Chilly D rapping at one of his old friends and the climactic finale in a giant boombox. Anyone who can sit through "Body Rock" is worthy of either respect or revulsion. See for yourself and figure out how future generations will look back at you.






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