The Bronze

Feeding the celebrity beast is the theme captured in The Bronze, an indie dramedy from director Bryan Buckley (2013 Best Live Action Short Film nominee for Asad), from the poisoned pens of Winston Rauch and Melissa Rauch,

click to enlarge Melissa Rauch in 'The Bronze'
Melissa Rauch in 'The Bronze'

Feeding the celebrity beast is the theme captured in The Bronze, an indie dramedy from director Bryan Buckley (2013 Best Live Action Short Film nominee for Asad), from the poisoned pens of Winston Rauch and Melissa Rauch; the latter stars as a former gymnastics diva with her heroic days a decade in the rearview. Hope Annabelle Greggory (Rauch) tore her Achilles but somehow gritted out a bronze-medal finish at the 2004 Olympics Games and returned to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, flopping around like a shark in a mud puddle. Her road to redemption is more of a trick played on her by her father (Gary Cole) that involves her coaching the next great hope of Amherst gymnastics, Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson). Rauch’s Greggory is a brash, foul-mouthed creation who bends the will of the proceedings away from outright satire of celebrity to something surprisingly more engaging, because beneath all of the lewd and crude attacks resides an unpolished winner taking all she can get. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (R) Grade: B+