|Directed by||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Produced by||Tyrone D. Dixon|
George Tillman Jr.
|Written by||Norman Vance Jr.|
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Cinematography||J. Michael Muro|
|Edited by||George Bowers|
State Street Pictures
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|September 23, 2005|
|Box office||$17.5 million|
Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The film also stars Nick Cannon, Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Wesley Jonathan, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith and Jurnee Smollett. The name of the film is derived from the 1979 song "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew.
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Set in 1978 Chicago, Roll Bounce tells the story of a teenager named Xavier "X" Smith whose mother died, leaving him with his father Curtis and his sister Sonya. After the local roller rink closes down, Xavier and his friends are forced to skate in the ritzy uptown rink "Sweetwater." Tired of being disrespected by the skate rental distributor, Bernard and other skaters at Sweetwater, the group enters a roller disco contest. Their biggest rivals are five-year champion, Sweetness and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. The film centers on Xavier's training for the competition while trying to work through problems with his father and his pretty childhood friend, Naomi. In the end, it not only comes down to gaining the respect of others, but also learning to respect themselves and giving roller disco their all.
- Bow Wow as Xavier "X" Smith
- Chi McBride as Curtis Smith
- Mike Epps as Byron
- Wesley Jonathan as Sweetness
- Kellita Smith as Vivian
- Meagan Good as Naomi Phillips
- Khleo Thomas as Mixed Mike
- Nick Cannon as Be-Nard
- Jurnee Smollett as Tori
- Marcus T. Paulk as Boo
- Brandon T. Jackson as Junior
- Rick Gonzalez as Naps
- Paul Wesley as Troy
- Wayne Brady as DJ Johnny
- Charlie Murphy as Victor
- Darryl McDaniels as D.J. Smooth Dee
Roll Bounce received mixed to positive reviews from critics. As of June 2020[update], the film holds a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 91 reviews with an average rating of 5.94/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink."
|Roll Bounce: The Album|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||September 20, 2005|
|Singles from Roll Bounce: The Album|
The soundtrack features artists such as Keith Sweat, Foxy, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fabolous, Yo-Yo, Michelle Williams, Bill Withers, Chic, Jamiroquai, Kool & the Gang and Vaughan Mason & Crew.
|1.||"Boogie Oogie Oogie"||Brooke Valentine, Fabolous and Yo-Yo||4:08|
|2.||"Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"||Vaughan Mason & Crew||5:29|
|3.||"Pure Gold"||Earth, Wind & Fire||4:01|
|4.||"Wishing on a Star"||Beyoncé||4:08|
|5.||"Quit Actin'"||Ray J, R. Kelly and Shorty Mack||3:58|
|6.||"Superman Lover"||Johnny "Guitar" Watson||5:42|
|7.||"Hollywood Swinging"||Kool & the Gang||4:13|
|8.||"Let's Stay Together"||Michelle Williams||3:24|
|9.||"Lovely Day"||Bill Withers||4:13|
|10.||"I Wanna Know Your Name"||Keith Sweat||4:11|
- Other songs in the film include
- "Flash Light" - Parliament
- "Emotion" - Samantha Sang
- "Can You Feel the Force?" - The Real Thing
- "Love to Love You Baby" - Donna Summer
- "I'll Keep Loving You" - Carl Douglas
- "Barracuda" - Heart
- "Rock the Boat" - The Hues Corporation
- "Baby Hold On" - Eddie Money
- "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas
- "I'm Your Boogie Man" - KC and the Sunshine Band
- "Let's Roll" - Chaka Khan
- "Easy" - Commodores
- "For All We Know" - Donny Hathaway
- "Boogie Fever" - The Sylvers
- "Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band
- "Fire" - Ohio Players
- "He's the Greatest Dancer" - Sister Sledge
- "Baby Come Back" - Player
Awards and nominations
|2006||Black Movie Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Directing||Malcolm D. Lee||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting||Norman Vance, Jr.||Nominated|
|Black Reel Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Brandon T. Jackson||Winner|
|Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted||Norman Vance, Jr.|
|Best Ensemble Award||Jurnee Smollett||Nominated|
|Best Director||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Best Original Soundtrack||N/A|
- Box Office Information for Roll Bounce. The Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
- "Roll Bounce (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2009.
- "Roll Bounce (2005)". Retrieved 22 June 2020 – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
- Various Artists: Roll Bounce Soundtrack. Sanctuary Records. 2005.
- ahale (August 25, 2005). "New and Old R&B set to Roll Bounce". hiphopdx.com. Hip Hop DX.