Moxie! (2021)

Directed by Amy Poehler

Starring Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Alycia Pascual-Peña

I have always been a fan of movies that can be entertaining and send a message, but they do not work all the time. I remember films like Pump up the Volume where the main character hid behind a radio personality to express what he thought was wrong. Here it is done by something written in secret that sparks a revolution.

The story centers around a school where sexist behavior is allowed. When Vivian gets tired of what she sees and is inspired by her mother’s past she writes a pamphlet that gives voice to the women at the school.

I like Amy Poehler and her work in SNL, and some of the films I’ve seen. I knew that as a director she would use comedy to express her point. The film is trying to show the wrong behavior of men or young men and how they are treated or even allowed by society. I wish I could deny this happens but I can’t. I liked the film. It was not as funny as I thought, and I say this because in the description it says Comedy and Drama. The funny parts are the scenes with Amy, although when the film became serious she was great also. I thought as I washed this film of another movie called Pump up the volume because Vivian (the main character) used media while remaining unknown just like Slater’s character in Pump up the volume, but Pump up the volume dealt with overall issues of teenagers. I think this film achieves its goal but I liked that even when presenting male behavior that is wrong, it had good male characters and one even supported her in everything she did.

The performances are good, especially Hadley who played Vivian. She was able to show the character’s frustrations about what she was seeing and breaking away from the heads-down mentality. Amy Poehler is great in her scenes. The scenes between Vivian (Hadley) and Lisa (her mother) were some of the best scenes in the film.

I liked the movie, maybe more towards the end. I think the last moments of the film were moving and poignant. I can’t say it is the best movie that deals with the subject. I think Promising Young Woman is a more impactful film.

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