The Bronze isn’t for everyone. And those loving the work of Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory may find this performance — um — a little different. Language for one. Sociopath tendencies for another.
She plays Hope Greggory, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the Olympic game, and through sheer, grit, guts and determination, won a bronze medal. The games are long past and the self-absorbed Hope lives in Amherst, Ohio. She’s the city’s claim to fame, has her own private parking space downtown and pays for nothing.
The drug-addled Hope is depressed, still wears her Olympic sweats everyday, and on a budget from her doting dad — played nicely by Gary Cole — Hope supplements her income by stealing money from letters in his postal service van. A potential windfall comes her way when her deceased former coach leaves her a fortune if she’ll train Amherst’s next potential Olympic game gymnast.
The movie totally belongs to the tiny, helium-high voiced Rauch, who co-wrote this with her husband Winston Beigel. One of my all-time favorite movie characters is Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa. Rauch’s profanity-laced, egocentric Hope rivals that performance. She’s wonderfully outrageous and has a total blast with her own material.
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Two points. If you loved Bad Santa, you’ll love The Bronze. Second, it’s produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, who rarely produce anything mainstream. That said, this is a terrific movie, and I laughed out loud all the way through. If quirky is your thing, this one rules.
Director: Bryan Buckley
Stars: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson
Rated R for mature themes, language, nudity. It’s playing at the Carmike 12.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.