The Bronze (2016)
Critic Consensus: Enthusiastically unpleasant and mostly unfunny, The Bronze fails to stick the landing -- or much else along the way.
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as Hope Annabelle Greggory
as Stan Greggory
as Ben Lawfort
as Lance Tucker
as Maggie Townsend
as Janice Townsend
as Young Hope
as Coach Pavleck
as Coach Pavleck
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Critic Reviews for The Bronze
A crude yet cuddly comedy written by a star of "The Big Bang Theory."
There are some decent laughs here (especially for a well choreographed sex scene) and even an amusing soundtrack, but there's just not enough story to go around.
The plot is beyond basic and the dialogue so crude it almost feels like an R-rated cartoon. Still, The Bronze has a loony Napoleon Dynamite-meets-Talladega Nights-on-the-balance-beam charm.
This ostensibly edgy comedy didn't wring a single laugh out of me until maybe fifteen minutes before the finale.
I wouldn't want to live next to Hope, but it is fascinating to watch her. And every so often it's refreshing to have a movie that dares to say - you know, no matter what all the screenwriting gurus tell you, some characters never change.
Audience Reviews for The Bronze
I like Melissa Rauch on The Big Bang Theory. Here she stars as a spoiled, unlikeable, and unfunny character in a movie she also co-wrote with her husband. She and her husband also share exec-producer credits with the Duplass brothers. Thomas Middleditch, who I've been seeing many times in Verizon commercials since this was released, plays an adorable character with a much better grasp of responsibilities and everyday life. For some reason he is in love with Rauch's character Hope. This movie does include an eye-opening scene you have never seen before. When Hope has a sexual fling with a more successful former Olympic gymnast, they have an Olympic sized sex romp that challenges the Kama Sutra for variety.
As comedies featuring raunchy female leads go the Bronze is a real win. Melissa... Raunch really creates a convincing cynical character shedding light in the world of optimism and big dreams that is gymnastics. The narrative might not take an ambitious route and falls into predictable patterns but the backwards premise and refreshing Napolean-Dynamitesque cast provide enough fun to propel the story forward in a sea of fairly well delivered laughs. A surprisingly on point production from a cast member of the terribly unremarkable BBT.
Definitely not for everyone, Raunch plays a past-it. gymnast living on fumes until opportunity knocks. This one's a keeper if only for the virulent vein of cynicism rife through the piece, particularly from such an unexpected source. The resolution's a cop-out, but forgivable.
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