Despite far-from-stellar reviews, I still had relatively high hopes for this film because the trailer was hilarious. I was surprised to see that Sony Classics gave this an initial wide release, but I can now see why, as this was not the type of film that would benefit from a platform release.
There were definitely some funny parts in the film, however the film sort-of let me down on this level. It was really overly raunchy. From the first moments of the film, they go for shock value humor, which seemed a bit low for a movie that debuted at Sundance. The raunchy parts were sometimes funny, but quite often, they fell flat, with most of the humor coming with the subtler irony, among other things.
Melissa Rauch was good in her role. I was not particularly familiar with her, as I am not a fan of The Big Bang Theory. Gary Cole did a great job in his role, having more screen time than any time I have seen him, the most notable being Dodgeball. My favorite performance in the film, however, had to be Sebastian Stan who was both funny and charming in his antagonist role, however he had far too little screen time, with his scenes being the funniest in the film.
The writing was fairly standard with the exception of one thing: it didn't sugar-coat the film. Not everything in the film went perfectly for everyone, which is unusual in a film of this type, and I liked that. There was also some interesting editing and cinematography in the competition scenes.
So overall, The Bronze is a decently fun time at the movies, however it is by no means a must-see. My advice: wait for this one until Redbox and catch something funnier instead.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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