Raunchy with oh so many swear words, The Bronze isn’t for the faint of heart. I give it a C.
Hope Anne Gregory is Amherst’s angel after helping her gymnastics team win the bronze medal while performing injured. This spoiled has been thinks that the world owes her because she was once a winner. Forced to become a coach for another local gymnast, Hope must re-evaluate her life and what’s important.
Melissa Rauch from Big Bang Theory, who is hardly recognizable from her TV work, wrote the screenplay along with her husband. She decided that she couldn’t allow anyone else to play Hope Anne because she loved the character so much. The Bronze seems more like a Hallmark movie rather than something for the big screen, however with all the sex and swear words, it’d never make it on TV. The movie begins with a bang and features a sex scene that will make you never look at gymnastics again.
Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays Hope’s foil, Lance. He has a grudge against her a mile long. He will do anything to gain the advantage and make Hope play for his missing limelight. He’s sneaky and vindictive, doing anything to win. Gary Cole plays Hope’s father and could certainly use a lesson in parenting. He created the monster and has to find a way to live with it.
Filmed in my hometown of Amherst, Ohio, seeing local landmarks was a bonus for me, although that won’t mean anything to the average viewer. Because I was worried that I would rate the movie higher because of my connection, I checked with my husband for his grade and we were so close, so I’m sure that I didn’t inflate my score.
The Bronze is a movie with a message as Hope Anne learns humility and finds her own way out of the limelight. But it’s not for the easily offended. I’d save the money and catch this movie on DVD.
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