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Bryan Buckley
Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong
Writing Credits:
Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch

A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$386,328 on 1,167 Screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated R

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1/16X9
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Audio Descriptive Service
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional
Supplements Subtitles:
Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional

Runtime: 100 min.
Price: $19.99
Release Date: 8/2/2016

• Deleted Scenes
• Trailer and Previews


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The Bronze (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (August 4, 2016)

Known largely for a supporting role on TV’s Big Bang Theory, Melissa Rauch earns a big-screen lead with 2016’s comedy The Bronze. 12 years ago, Hope Ann Greggory (Rauch) won a bronze medal in gymnastics. Ever since, she’s lived off her former glory in her tiny Ohio hometown, with little personal or professional growth.

Desperate for money, Hope gets an offer that promises her a $500,000 inheritance but only if she agrees to coach budding gymnastic star Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson). Though unenthusiastic about this, Hope agrees, so we follow their relationship.

Because I never watched Big Bang Theory, I came into Bronze unfamiliar with Rauch’s work. A look over her filmography showed that I’d seen her in projects such as Are You Here, but I maintained no memory of her.

Bronze gives me no reason to believe I’ve missed anything. If Rauch boasts comedic talent, she keeps those skills tightly under wraps in the utterly unfunny Bronze, a tired, tedious effort.

Though Hope may be a gymnast, she shows one clear inspiration: infamous figure skater Tonya Harding. With her rough-hewn demeanor and blue-collar background, Hope smells a lot like Harding – and her “stuck in the 90s” hairdo gives Hope a Tonya-esque look as well.

I guess these allusions offer the most clever aspect of Bronze, as it never manages to do much with the material. The fault lies mainly at Rauch’s feet, partly because she co-wrote the film with her husband. They pack the script with one unfunny gag after another and fail to deliver anything amusing.

Rauch also loses points due to her crude, one-note performance. Of course, Hope undergoes the inevitable “softening of her personality” as the movie progresses, but she remains crude and profane most of the time.

Another actor might bring an underlying humanity to Hope, but Rauch can’t do this. In Rauch’s hands, Hope seems persistently unlikable, and we never threaten to warm up to her. The script may intend to make her a little more warm and fuzzy, but the viewer never really feels these changes, so Hope stays off-putting.

Maybe if Rauch showed stronger comedic skills, this wouldn’t matter so much. After all, Hope’s not the first inherently unlikable lead in a movie like this. Rauch simply lacks the talent to pull off the intended humor, though, so we’re left with an annoying character who can’t make us laugh. We don’t laugh with her or at her – we just dislike her.

Perhaps if Bronze went for a more satirical bent, it may’ve been more successful. A film like this screams “mockumentary” – that kind of effort might have become more enjoyable.

As it stands, The Bronze goes for more of a Billy Madison feel but without a skilled comedic actor in the fore. The film focuses on cheap, tacky raunch with no humor to be found.

The DVD Grades: Picture C-/ Audio C+/ Bonus D+

The Bronze appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Even for SD-DVD, this seemed like an iffy presentation.

Sharpness was erratic. Close-ups demonstrated adequate delineation, but wider shots came across as fuzzy and somewhat ill-defined. Shimmering and jaggies were minor and edge haloes seemed non-problematic. Print flaws were non-existent, as I detected no specks, marks or other blemishes.

The film’s palette usually opted for a fairly natural feel. Within that design range, the colors seemed passable; they weren’t especially strong, but they were okay. Blacks tended to be somewhat inky, but shadows showed reasonable smoothness. This became a less than appealing image.

Don’t expect fireworks from the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as we got a mix heavy on music and general environmental material. Even when the material broadened, it stayed restrained and effects could seem borderline monaural. This became an exceptionally restricted track for 5.1.

Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, and the score demonstrated pretty good vivacity. Effects did little to tax my system but they were clear and accurate enough. Overall, this ended up as a lackluster mix.

Five Deleted Scenes run a total of six minutes, 40 seconds. We find “Pharmacy” (0:34), “Meatloaf” (1:42), “Wake Up Fight” (1:28), “Tape Break” (2:05) and “Gym Kids” (0:51). These offer minor tidbits without a lot of substance. “Break” shows more of Hope at rock bottom, so it’s the most significant segment, but it still feels unnecessary.

The disc opens with ads for Edge of Winter, Don’t Breathe, Hello, My Name Is Doris, Sausage Party and Maggie’s Plan. We also get a trailer for The Bronze.

As a parody of gymnastics and fame, The Bronze could’ve been interesting. Unfortunately, it devotes itself to a thoroughly unlikeable lead and lacks any comedic value whatsoever. The DVD comes with mediocre picture and audio as well as meager supplements. Nothing about this awful film succeeds.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 2
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