Former gymnastics Bronze Medalist Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) has been living off her celebrity status in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, though she is reduced to going through the mail her mailman father delivers for spending money. When her former coach Pavleck (Christine Abrahamsen) suddenly commits suicide, a letter arrives addressed to Hope stating that if she can guide Pavleck's best student, a young gymnastics star named Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson) to the Olympics in Toronto, she will receive a $500,000 inheritance..
The initials of Hope Ann Gregory spell out HAG See more »
When Hope and Maggie are in the car for the first time, eating at a food stand, Hope Says "Always listen to Avril Lavigne..." but the CD shown is incorrect. It is actually Robyn's debut album "Robyn Is Here" which was released in 1997 while Avril Lavigne's debut CD "Let Go" was released in 2002. To further the time line, the songs "My Happy Ending" and "Freak Out" that are played in the movie, are from Avril Lavigne's second album "Under My Skin" which was released in 2004. See more »
Written by Dan Dyer
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In some ways, "The Bronze" is so entertaining because Melissa Rauch is playing someone in diametric opposition to her mousy character on "The Big Bang Theory". Hope Gregory is the sort of Olympics washout that's fun to laugh at; a foul-mouthed brat who trades in her local celebrity for free stuff at the mall. Rauch really plays the Midwestern accent to the hilt, and it pairs very nicely with the coarse dialogue.
Somewhere in all of this is a sports movie, but that's not where it excels. This character ends up right back where she started, and it works great as an exaggerated portrait of a has-been in a no-name town. This flew completely under my radar, and I was surprised (happily) by how enjoyable it was.
She's very funny.
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