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Roll Bounce (2005)



Critic Consensus: Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.

Movie Info

A handful of inner-city kids move up to the big time in this teen-centric musical. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), known to his friends as X, is a teenager growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late '70s. X and his buddies are the hotshot skaters at the Palisades Gardens, a neighborhood roller rink where local kids roll to the latest disco sounds, but X loses his status as king of the hill when the Palisades closes down. With no skating action close by, X and his friends head uptown to the … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language and some crude humor.)
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Vance , Norman Vance, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2005
Box Office: $17.4M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


as Xavier

as Sweetness

as Mixed Mike

as Byron

as Bernard

as Garden D.J. Smooth D...

as D.J. Johnny Feelgood

as Donna

as Rhonda King

as Donald Robinson

as Car Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Roll Bounce

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (36)

Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

For the most part though, the honesty of the performances keeps everything afloat when it could drift into easy sentimentality.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

I enjoyed it in all its cheesiness.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

For some reason, teasing people about their skin color has become a big theme of brainless black comedies like this. Plus, it unfolds like one long Pepsi ad, with dialogue extolling the cola's virtues in virtually every scene.

Full Review… | May 7, 2007

Worthy of a 99-cent rental, if only so you can witness the howlingly awful performance by Wesley Jonathan as a self-appointed roller-disco mega-lord called "Sweetness." Kid had me in tears, I swear.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005

Nothing about this film is as cathartic as it tries to make itself because the characters just aren't that absorbing. Instead of tugging your heart, it just spits in your eye.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Roll Bounce


At times, "Roll Bounce" feels a bit silly, but at it's core, it'a about a family in harsh times, as they see everyone around them having a good time. As X (Bow Wow) and his friends have faced the final days of their skate rink, they must choose to go over to the rich side of town to skate, where they run into old aquiantences and new rivals! The emotional tone of this film is phenomenal, seeing as this film goes from extremely silly to extremely heartfelt in seconds. I love the 70's feel of this film, it is done perfectly, and the music choices are fun. The direction is done well enough and the acting is very commendable. "Roll Bounce" is a very nice film to watch!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


I loved the detail in this movie, it really game it a 70's feel. All in all it's a fun film with some good smiles and laughs.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Oh Meagen Good, I melt just seeing your lips, god! This movie was very good and it really made me feel young again.

1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming-of-age comedy, as X and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. Heading over to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, they find their modest talents are, at first, no competition for their trick skaters and pretty girls who follow their every move.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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