BY MADELINE ROTH • NOV 7 2018
In this corner: Bodied. The flashy, frenetic movie about a freckly ginger who becomes a battle-rap star. The scorching satire that pummels audiences with questions and provides little in the way of answers. The two-hour cringe-fest that makes you laugh hysterically and then immediately makes you feel bad about it. And in this corner: all of us. The mainstream public. The police of political correctness. The judges and juries who decide what's offensive (usually, almost everything) and what's not. Are we really ready for a movie like Bodied? Doesn't matter — it's coming, and it wants to make you squirm.
The third feature from prolific music video director Joseph Kahn, Bodied arrives 16 years after 8 Mile gave us another big-screen story about what it means for a white guy to be the hero of a battle-rap movie. But that's pretty much where the comparisons end (though Eminem does serve as a producer on Kahn's film). Bodied star Jackie Long summed it up to MTV News by musing, "With 8 Mile, you wanted to know, 'Could a white person rap?' In our movie, you want to know, 'Should white people rap?'"