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"THE BRONZE"
(2016) (Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Extreme
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A bitter and foul-mouthed, former Olympic bronze medalist gymnast must contend with a young competitor who could supplant her hometown celebrity, a development complicated by her becoming that teen's coach.
PLOT:
It's been more than a decade since Hope Greggory (MELISSA RAUCH) brought home a bronze Olympic medal to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, and she doesn't let anyone forget about it. Always wearing her Olympic warm-up suit, she gets free meals and lots of adoration from the townsfolk. That is, except from her former trainer, Coach Pavleck (CHRISTINE ABRAHAMSEN), and fellow former gymnast Lance Tucker (SEBASTIAN STAN) who's lived in her celebrity shadow despite winning gold and silver himself, all due to her competing while injured and thus winning over the hearts and minds of America.

Despite that attention, she's a bitter, foul-mouthed and unemployed young woman who still lives at home with her postal carrier dad, Stan (GARY COLE), who puts up with her behavior, but would like for her to grow up finally. He seems to get the chance when Coach Pavleck commits suicide, followed by Stan reading a letter from her that states that if Hope becomes the coach to rising star gymnast Maggie Townsend (HALEY LU RICHARDSON) and gets her through the next eight weeks of training leading to team trials in Toronto, she'll receive $500,000 the coach put away for her, but can't tell anyone about it.

Both Maggie and her single mom, Janice (CECILY STRONG), are excited by the prospect of this new coaching arrangement, as is Ben Lawfort (THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH) who believes having a star around could save his financially strapped gym. And while the money sounds good to Hope, she doesn't want the young star to steal her fame and glory, and thus initially sets out to sabotage her success. But when Lance threatens to take Hope's coaching duties away from her and place Maggie with someone else, her competitive spirit kicks in. From that point on, she does what she can to get Maggie ready for the competition, all while softening up a bit to Ben's old-fashioned, romantic gestures toward her.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of Rauch (from TV's "The Big Bang Theory") or anyone else in the cast, or who might really be into gymnastics could have some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use.


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