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Enthusiastically unpleasant and mostly unfunny, The Bronze fails to stick the landing -- or much else along the way.
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The Bronze is an uninspired creation that feels like Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression in a 'Little Britain' sketch.
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.
Unfortunately, director Bryan Buckley's toothless and raunchy comedy does not quite land on its feet smoothly enough to earn a decent score from the sideline judges.
Relegates adolescent rage and insecurity to a steady stream of curse words and sexual innuendo. It mistakes vulgarity for vision.
The Bronze is an unfunny, overlong parade of squandered potential. It's extremely frustrating.
Generally its humor built on the premise that if one f-bomb is funny, 20 of them in a row are 20 times funnier.
Rauch's Greggory is a brash, foul-mouthed creation who bends the will of the proceedings away from outright satire of celebrity to something surprisingly more engaging.
The Bronze is a mutant baby of a movie that shouldn't work as well as it does.
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.
All comedies try to make us laugh. That's kind of the point. Still, there is a difference between trying to make audiences laugh by saying the unexpected out loud and those unexpected things actually being funny. In The Bronze The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch plays washed up gymnast Hope Annabelle Gregory who still managed to medal at the 2004 Rome Olympics after shattering her achilles during a routine. She became something of an American hero of those particular games, the athlete the media chose to heap large amounts of coverage on because of her narrative maybe more so than because of her actual talent. Hope says a lot of things that might not be considered polite or politically correct, but that doesn't make her funny. Sure, I understand that a fair amount of comedy can come from degrading someone, something, or even ourselves, but no matter how hard these demeaning jokes make us laugh ( or don't) one thing remains to be true and that is the fact they come from a place of fear; we're attempting to distract ourselves from our own vulnerability. In short, we're trying to make ourselves feel better about our own lives. Hope does this consistently throughout The Bronze and while the juxtaposition of what we expect from polite society and what Hope delivers can be genuinely funny here and there the majority of the time the character simply comes across as self-centered, crass, and just plain nasty. Maybe this is because Hope is the only character the film cares to flesh out and so, while we somewhat get to know her father (Gary Cole), her new apprentice (Haley Lu Richardson), her love interest (Thomas Middleditch) and her arch nemesis (Sebastian Stan), because each of them are more or less targets for Hope to hurl her insults at rather than fully formed people it is nearly impossible for us to understand why she seems to naturally hate everyone. The only thing she clearly has an affinity for is herself and keeping her name and image at the height of its power in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, but as these things go all of that is about to change.
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