The Bronze (film)

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The Bronze
The Bronze poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bryan Buckley
Produced by Stephanie Langhoff
Written by
Starring
Music by
  • Andrew Feltenstein
  • John Nau
Cinematography Scott Henriksen
Edited by Jay Nelson
Production
company
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22) (Sundance)
  • March 18, 2016 (2016-03-18) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.5 million[1]
Box office $615,816[2]

The Bronze is a 2015 American sports comedy-drama film directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. It was produced by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass through their Duplass Brothers Productions banner. The film stars Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, Haley Lu Richardson and Dale Raoul. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2015.[3] The film was theatrically released on March 18, 2016 by Sony Pictures Classics.

Plot[edit]

Former gymnastics Bronze Medalist Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) has been living off her celebrity status in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, though she is reduced to going through the mail her mailman father delivers for spending money. When her former coach Pavleck (Christine Abrahamsen) suddenly commits suicide, a letter arrives addressed to Hope stating that if she can guide Pavleck's best student, a young gymnastics star named Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson) to the Olympics in Toronto, she will receive a $500,000 inheritance.

Unwilling to be overshadowed by Maggie's success, Hope instead plans to take the money by sabotaging Maggie's training so she can stay on top, initially feeding her junk food and a shake laced with marijuana. Maggie performs so poorly that arrogant Olympic Gold Medalist Lance Tucker (Sebastian Stan), who resents Hope's celebrity on account of her inferior bronze medal (which she won despite a career-ending injury) threatens to take over as Maggie's coach. When Hope learns she will forfeit the inheritance money if she does not continue training Maggie, Hope grudgingly devotes herself to Maggie's training in earnest. Along the way, she enters a romance with her assistant coach Ben Lawfort (Thomas Middleditch), nicknamed "Twitchy" due to his involuntary facial spasms.

Hope's efforts eventually pay off when Maggie qualifies for the Olympic Games. However, she is shocked to discover that Coach Pavleck's gym is in danger of closing because Pavleck had no money to her name when she died. Upon hearing the news, Hope's father confesses that he was the one who had written the letter, to motivate Hope to do something meaningful with her life. After a heated exchange, Hope gets drunk and ends up having sex with Lance Tucker, leading a heartbroken Ben, who witnessed the act, to break off their relationship.

Maggie succeeds in winning the gold medal and is celebrated as a local hero in Amherst, but announces her intention to begin training with Lance in Los Angeles instead of staying with Hope. When Maggie fails to show up for an autograph signing at a mall, Hope addresses the disappointed crowd and declares that she will always be Amherst's hero. She comes up with a plan to finance Pavleck's gym on her own by selling uniforms and gymnastics lessons to local girls. She then apologizes to Ben and retains him as her assistant coach.

In the epilogue, a caption reveals that Maggie was forced to abandon her gymnastics career after becoming pregnant with Lance's child.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On July 9, 2014, it was reported Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson had all been cast in the film, as well as that Stephanie Langhoff would produce the film under the Duplass Brothers Productions banner.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on July 4, 2014 in Amherst, Ohio.[5] On July 7, the crew was spotted filming at Pikewood Manor in Elyria, Ohio.[6] Production on the film concluded on July 26, 2014.[7] In an interview after Sundance, Rauch stated that she and Buckley trimmed scenes and restored some original story ideas for a new theatrical version.[8]

Release[edit]

In July 2014, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired international distribution rights to the film.[9] The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2015.[10][11] Shortly after, Relativity Media acquired distribution rights to the film.[12] The film was originally scheduled for release in July 2015, and October 2015.[13] In September 2015, it was pulled from the schedule.[14] The same month, Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S distribution rights instead, and it was announced that Stage 6 Films would distribute the film internationally.[15] The film was to be released in a limited release on March 11, 2016,[16] but was delayed a week to March 18, 2016 in favor of a wide release then.[17]

Reception[edit]

The Bronze received generally negative reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 33%, based on 87 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The site's consensus reads, "Enthusiastically unpleasant and mostly unfunny, The Bronze fails to stick the landing – or much else along the way."[18] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super Bowl Ad Director Bryan Buckley on His New Sundance Film and 'This Is SportsCenter'". January 22, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Bronze (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Todd McCarthy. "'The Bronze': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (July 9, 2014). "Sony Buys Melissa Rauch Comedy 'The Bronze'". Variety. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Christine (July 4, 2014). "Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch filming 'The Bronze' in Ohio". onlocationvacations.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Roberson, Lisa (July 7, 2014). "Filming of 'The Bronze' thrills Elyria mobile home park residents". northcoastnow.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "ON THE SET FOR 7/28/14: 'TED 2′ STARTS FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES, 'THE GREENS ARE GONE' WRAPS". studiosystemnews.com. July 28, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hasty, Katie (January 27, 2016). "Meet The Most Amazingly Filthy Female Character You'll See Onscreen This Year". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Latham, Brandon (July 9, 2014). "Sony Pictures Worldwide Goes for Gold and Picks Up 'The Bronze' starring Cecily Strong and Melissa Rauch". Indiewire.com. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ Todd McCarthy. "'The Bronze': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Tom Keiser. ""The Bronze" Is A Funny, Mean Movie About Gymnastics, And No One Saw It". Vice. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Sundance: Relativity Buys 'The Bronze' for $3 Million (Updated)". Variety. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Lang, Brent (May 28, 2015). "'The Bronze' Pushed to October to Avoid Summer Comedy Crush". Variety. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ Lang, Brent (September 8, 2015). "Relativity Studios Postpones Three Films Indefinitely". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ Pedersen, Erik (September 11, 2015). "Ex-Relativity Pic 'The Bronze' Lands At Sony Pictures Classics". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Doty, Meriah (November 18, 2015). "'The Bronze' Trailer Goes for Gold With NSFW Gymnast Humor". Yahoo.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ Alessandro, Anthony D (December 9, 2015). "Sony Pictures Classics Will Spring Relativity Pickup 'The Bronze' On March 18". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Bronze (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "The Bronze reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 

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