Director: Amy Poehler
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 111 Minutes
Main Cast: Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Alycia Pascual-Pena, Nico Hiraga, Sabrina Haskett, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ike Barinholtz, Josephine Langford, Clark Gregg, Amy Poehler
Plot: After a shocking display at her school where new girl Lucy (Alycia Pascual-Pena) stands up to the boys voting and making lists about the girls, Vivian (Hadley Robinson) discovers her mother’s rebellious past and finds the inspiration to start Moxie, a magazine calling for all the girls at school to rise up against the way they’re treated.
My Thoughts: I adore Amy Poehler, ever since I fell in love with her character Lesley in Parks and Recreation. I was so excited to see her directional debut Wine Country (2019) but it was a real let down. That said, I was more than willing to give Moxie (2021) a watch and I’m SO glad I did, it’s brilliant. I wouldn’t call myself a rebel exactly but I do rebel in my own, smaller ways. High School was where I was most rebellious, I think. On the last day of school it’s a tradition (in just the UK or elsewhere too?) to get all your friends to write messages or sign their names on your school shirt. On our last day we were told that it wasn’t allowed, no reason for it, we just weren’t allowed to. Well, I didn’t listen and I encouraged my school mates to do the same, and we did. By lunchtime I was sent to the Head Teacher’s office for being disruptive but by that point so many of us had rebelled their only choice was to let us continue or send our whole year home. We won!
Anyway, I’m digressing massively. The girls at Vivian’s school are subject to judgement every day, and not even just from the boys. One girl is sent home for wearing a tank top by a female teacher. The worst part? Another female student was wearing almost the exact same top, but she wasn’t as developed so it was deemed fine. I guess it’s clear that although we’ve come a long way as females, we still have a lot of work ahead of us! Despite tackling serious issues, Moxie is still a fun and vibrant movie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
If anything, I think the characters were maybe a little too stereotypical, but I’m nitpicking here and trying to find faults, on the whole I had a blast. It was good to see that Vivian wasn’t portrayed as some saviour character either, she messed up and had to face the consequences of that. It also showed how boys can be supportive too – Seth (Nico Hiraga) was such a positive character, just a genuinely nice guy who wants to be helpful but also has the courage to stand up and call someone out on bad behaviour.
Best Bit: Honestly, I could pick so many moments. The creation of the Moxie magazine, the speeches towards the end of the movie? Great scenes. And maybe it’s silly but when the teacher Mr. Davies commented on the walk out and then opened his hands to show the heart and star symbols? I wanted to do a little cheer!
Worst Bit: Maybe I wasn’t paying proper attention for this scene but why did Vivian and Seth have a date at a funeral parlor?! I swear I put my cup of tea down, looked up at the TV and there they were, cuddling in a coffin. *shudder*
Fun Trivia: The song that the Rockport High School marching band plays at the assembly and at the football games is to the tune of “For Boston”, the traditional fight song of Boston College and Boston College High School. Director and co-star Amy Poehler is a Boston College alumnus, and graduated from the college in 1993.
My Rating: 4 and a half Rockports – they might be the name of the school in this movie but when I was at school they were the brand name of the shoes all the chavs wore!