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With its thorny themes and aggressive humor, Bodied dares to offend - and justifies its approach with a subversive comedy that edifies as it entertains.



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Bodied is the satirical story of Adam Merkin, a progressive grad student who becomes an accidental battle rapper whose success breeds outrage. Shoniqua Shandai (Sing It!, The Fosters), Walter Perez (The Avengers, Fame), Rory Uphold (Hella) also star in the film. Well known battle rappers Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, Hollow Da Don and media personality Charlamagne Tha God are among the supporting cast.


Jackie Long
as Behn Grymm
Charlamagne Tha God
as Hunnid Gramz
Debra Wilson
as Dean Hampton
Anthony Michael Hall
as Professor Merkin

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (8)

  • It's neither a rewarding drama nor a substantial set of ideas, but its implications and by-products, suggestions and overtones are far more enjoyable to contemplate than the movie is to experience.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Bodied is uneven, but it has the fire where it counts.

    Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Bodied is a deliriously rude provocation, maybe the most daring race-related movie since Spike Lee's Bamboozled.

    Nov 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Along the way, there are good laughs, brain-rattling battles... and the kind of incisive social commentary that actually surprises with its targets and revelations.

    Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • We tip our caps to Kahn & Co.'s underdog story. But satire-wise, there's some killer bars left on the killing floor here.

    Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's juvenile. It's irritating. Yet it's also fiendishly clever in the way it anticipates and dismantles every argument that could be made against it, and how it sneakily affirms the power of the words it slings around so freely.

    Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    Top Critic

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