'The Bronze' Is No 'Whiplash,' But 'It Follows' Makes Up For It

January 23, 2015 10:29 PM

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'The Bronze' Is No 'Whiplash,' But 'It Follows' Makes Up For It

The opening film at last year's Sundance was "Whiplash," which is now a Best Picture nominee. Don't expect the same fate for "The Bronze." "Big Bang Theory" star Melissa Rauch does her best to keep it ticking, but there's not much gold to be found in this raunchy comedy. Playing Hope Greggory, a salty Olympic gymnast who managed to win the bronze medal despite a career-ending ankle injury, Rauch dons an acerbic Ohio accent that will make you chuckle even when the script isn't that funny -- which is most of the time. We first meet Hope masturbating to footage of her Olympic competition, and the rest of the film is like a clock chugging toward the feel-good lessons we know this remorselessly self-absorbed character will learn.

Hope begrudgingly accepts her estranged trainer's $500,000 offer to coach the town's next star gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson, a true delight). Knowing the new golden child will trump her fame, a predictable sabotage ensues as Hope's patient father (Gary Cole) attempts to drill home how vainglorious h...

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