Rauch (the Melissa variety), one of this week's theatrical debuts, THE BRONZE would like to be a very naughty, very dirty exploration of sports and would-be stardom. But what it really wants is to give you a typical feel-good time at the movies. That it manages both of these fairly well is to the film's credit. But whether this is worth the price of a night out at your local theater is somewhat questionable, given the cost these days of admission, popcorn and baby-sitter (you do not want to take the kids to see this one).
Haley Lu Richardson, above), her encouraging mom (SNL's Cecily Strong),
Sebastian Stan, above, who engages with Ms Rauch in a funny, lengthy sex-by-gymnasts scene that is indeed one for the books!), and our heroine's father (Gary Cole, below) who has spoiled his daughter into a return to near-infancy and must now find some way to atone for this and help change her course.
Thomas Middleditch, below. left). It all works out for the best, and even, occasionally, in ways that will surprise and amuse you. If you're not too picky. TrustMovies is damning with faint praise, I know. But so be it. There's nothing terribly wrong with The Bronze. But there just isn't a whole lot that's great about it, either. It's pleasant enough (even when it's being raunchy) and will entertain you adequately.
Sony Pictures Classics and running 108 minutes, the film opened yesterday all over the place. Click here and then keep scrolling down to find the theater nearest you.