1981 / 113m - USA
Romance, Thriller
Body Heat poster


December 01, 2022


A classic 80s thriller. It's an update of an age-old narrative that rarely appeals to me, in part because it has been done to death in various media. The film isn't the worst of its kind, but overall it's a pretty forgettable affair and little more than a relic of its time. I'd hoped to get a bit more out of it.

Ned is a small-time lawyer and a natural charmer. One night he bumps into Matty and instantly becomes infatuated with her. The two have a steamy affair, but it's clear that there's more brewing than just a one-night stand. The only problem is Matty's husband, who stands between their happiness.

The plot has few surprises, the direction makes an effort but fails to have a real impact and the performances aren't that memorable. There's nothing particularly terrible about Body Heat, it's just all very generic and unexciting. I'm sure this was better in the 80s, those times are long though.