Mostly, Roll Bounce provides relatively wholesome family entertainment. And for parents of a certain age, it offers a nice trip down memory lane. At least for those who can stand those memories of themselves wearing all that polyester.
The end of the dismal summer movie season couldn't have been blessed with a more satisfying coda than the rollicking, funny, relentlessly cheery and genuinely touching spirit that makes Roll Bounce a captivating delight from start to finish.
Lee and Vance rely on background music and constant pop culture references to evoke the decade, which is always the easiest (and least effective) approach. Only the character of Sweetness actually seems to belong in the '70s.