Directed By: Bryan Buckley
Starring: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch, Cecily Armstrong, et.al.
After winning an Olympic bronze medal on a torn Achilles tendon, gymnast Hope Ann Greggory coasts through life on her one moment of glory, living in her father’s home and getting free food and swag from local businesses. After her old coach dies, Hope receives a letter stating that if she helps local up and comer Maggie Townsend get to the Olympics herself, she’ll receive a hefty inheritance.
For all its raunchy comedy, The Bronze actually had a rather sweet story about growing up, and how early fame can affect people’s lives. Hope’s inner conflict about training Maggie, who could potentially take the small-town spotlight away from her, is used wonderfully to show her character growth, and Rauch adds a depth to Hope, showing her to be a sad, albeit spoiled, woman who had trouble moving on after her childhood dreams were crushed by career-ending injuries. Gary Cole’s doting dad, who just wants his little girl to be happy, perfectly plays the former sports-parent who goes a little overboard in protecting their child from the sadness and pain of losing a dream, and who finally realizes that they should have made their child grow up sooner than they did. Sebastian Stan, the closest this film has to a villain, plays the slick, calculating Lance Tucker, whose main goal seems to be to simply ruining as much of Hope’s life as he can after she stole his thunder at the Olympics all those years before.
There are no obvious special effects in the movie, with only background filler being used.
The Bronze is a good movie, and worth your time to see. The plot is a little thin, and the ending is predictable, but none of that detracts from one’s overall enjoyment of it. It’s also one that doesn’t start to grate on repeated viewings, so it’s worth the money to rent, or even buy.
The Bronze is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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