The Bronze review by Bobby Blakey
There is nothing better than seeing actor in a role completely different than what they are usually known for. Melissa Rauch has made a name for herself as the cute and sometimes snappy Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory, but in her new film The Bronze she could not be more different. The film features a great supporting cast including Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastan Stan, and Cecily Strong, but does it offer up the R rated fun the trailers promised or will it fail to get the gold?
The Bronze follows a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant. From the moment this film begins they make sure that you know that they plan on taking full advantage of the R rating. The story is simple, but manages to offer up as much humor as it does redemption and heart as it moves forward. Rauch is in rare form blurting out the foul language like a champ from beginning to the end. Often times the cussing aspect of dialogue is forced and while some may feel that way here, it is actually the perfect showcase to where the mental state of this character is. She could care less about anything and it is important to get this point across for the rest of the film to work. She is full in with this character and looks to be having a great time with the part. The rest of the cast do a great job as well, but it is her complete opposite played by Haley Lu Richardson. They have great chemistry together and the contrast of these two characters make for some funny moments. One of the most hilarious moments is a sex scene between gymnasts that offer up some great choreography and positions that will leave you in tears, unless of course you don’t appreciate good gymnastics.
While this film fully takes advantage of the R rating there is still some heart here with her character trying to find herself and dealing with the past and her love life.
This aspect of the film keeps it grounded but also takes it back into a more generic direction. Despite the film falling a bit in the rut of normalcy it still manages to work overall. This is likely one of those films that won’t work for everyone, but I found it pretty funny and loved seeing Rauch cut loose here. You can check out The Bronze and decide for yourself available now on Blu-ray and DVD.