I’m going to be 100% honest with you. When I saw Sebastian Stan was in this movie I knew I was going to see it. Not to mention the fact I love Melissa Rauch. I’ve been waiting for this movie for what feels like years now. It changed release dates a few times, then was going to be limited release, and then finally I was able to get my needy little hands on it. If you aren’t familiar with the story (and with the lack of promotion it wouldn’t surprise me) here’s the run down:
A spoiled and largely forgotten Olympic medalist (Melissa Rauch) takes action when a promising young gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) threatens her status as a local celebrity.
Now, this movie has been called “raunchy” all over the place. Yes, it has language, a female masturbation scene, and one of the most insane sex scenes to date, I still wouldn’t call it “raunchy.” I personally think the only reason that word is being thrown around is because the lead is a female. I’ve spoken to some people on Twitter who don’t feel it’s fitting of the word either. Now that I got that out of the way let’s get to the movie itself.
Personally I love Hope. While I can’t relate to her struggles of being a “one hit wonder” Olympian, I’ve been known to be a bit of a bitch, throw language around, and make inappropriate comments. I love the fact that we’re getting a female character who isn’t sugar coated and sweet. Does she have her moments, yes. We all do. But “we” are complicated people. We aren’t just one thing. Women are vulgar. Women use foul language. Women proposition men. Women can be jealous. And guess what? It’s OK to be these things. It’s OK to be something besides a sweet little flower who does what the world expects. Does she have some growing up to do? Yes. A shitload of it. But by the end of the movie she realizes this. I wouldn’t call Hope a role model but I bet she’s someone that a lot of us can relate to in one way or another.
Sebastian Stan plays Lance Tucker and he’s the douchebag of the film. He’s there to get under her skin, to mess with her head, and to challenge her. And it leads to one of the most outlandish sex scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie. I mean, you have two former Olympic gymnasts going at it and it’s everything you’d expect. There’s back hand springs, use of the rings, flexibility that should be outlawed. I honestly don’t know how they filmed this without busting out laughing. But Sebastian is at the top of his game when he’s allowed to play a character like this. He just has that look. I love when he plays asshole characters because I feel like he’s the farthest thing from one. And he’s nice to look at but you knew that already.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by Stan (Hope’s father), Maggie (the new hero on the block), Janice (Maggie’s mother) and Ben (who becomes a love interest). You’ll notice some nice little cameos from Dominique Dawes and Dominique Moceanu. I think it’s kind of awesome they were able to get actual Olympians to show up in the film. I know I’m not the only one who found themselves in awe of those ladies back in the day. I almost wish that Kerri Strug had shown up since some of what Hope went through in her career made me think of her.
I know this movie is bombing at the box office but with the lack of promo, I’m not surprised. I’ve barely seen commercials for it, and not everyone follows Buzzfeed. I honestly think the only people who were/are aware of this movie are those of us who are fans of the actors, and that’s a real shame. While I don’t think this movie was anything groundbreaking, it is something original. I’m seeing people left and right asking for more “original” movies yet when they get released, no one sees them. I’m not even kidding when I say I was the only one in my theater last night. Yup, I sat there alone and laughed but I wish there had been others to enjoy this movie with. So, if you’re looking for something that’s not a super hero movie, or part of a series, and maybe want to laugh a bit, maybe try and check this movie out this weekend.
Have you seen The Bronze or plan to? What did you think?