DVD Review: The Bronze
By John Corrado
★½ (out of 4)
After winning a bronze medal in gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics, and being forced to retire due to an injury shortly after, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) is washed up and mooching off her doting father (Gary Cole) in Ohio, while still taking full advantage of her “hometown hero” status.
When her former coach dies, Hope is told she will gain a big inheritance if she coaches rising star gymnast Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson), risking her own small town legacy in the process. This also puts her back in competition with former rival turned slick marketer Lance (Sebastian Stan), and lets her reconnect with a childhood friend (Thomas Middleditch), who owns the local gym and becomes a love interest, despite the fact that she is always making fun of his twitching.
Having co-written the film with her husband, Melissa Rauch throws herself into the lead role, spewing crude insults and swear words with abandon. But Hope is just too unlikeable and mean to everyone around her for us to actually care about her plight, and when her redemption does come at the end, it just feels cheap. Fans of Melissa Rauch should feel free to check out this comedy, but The Bronze is just too annoying and predictable to ever really come together, and leaves an unpleasantly sour aftertaste. No wonder this was one of the biggest box office flops of all time.
The DVD also includes some deleted scenes.
The Bronze is a Sony Pictures Classics release. It’s 100 minutes and rated 18A.