Last year at the Sundance Film Festival, “The Bronze” turned up the heat with a sex scene between two gymnasts that got many talking about the film, written by “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch. She and her husband/co-writer Winston Rauch drew upon their own real life inspiration for the picture, which follows an Olympic champion ten years after her moment of glory.
“When Winston and I would go back to visit my parents when I was just having a little bit of success on TV [years ago], we’d go to the food court and get a free Wetzel’s Pretzel or some garlic knots,” Rauch told the Los Angeles Times in January 2015. “I was so excited and maybe a little cocky about it. And then the show would be canceled, and I would go back and there would be a total cut-off on the free pretzels or garlic knots.” That specific setting of fleeting small town fame sounds like fun. Here’s the official synopsis:
A decade ago, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) was America’s sweetheart. Her inspired performance on a ruptured Achilles at the world’s most prestigious gymnastics tournament clinched an unlikely bronze medal for the U.S. team and brought glory to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio. But in the years since that epic third place victory, Hope hasn’t done a whole lot with her life. Still living in her dad Stan’s (Gary Cole) basement, still sporting her daily uniform of a Team USA gym suit with teeny-bopper bangs, ponytail and scrunchie, she spends her days at the mall milking her minor celebrity for free food and favors.
Hope’s routine is upended when she learns that she must coach Amherst’s newest gymnastics prodigy Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) in order to receive a sizable financial inheritance. The hard-edged yet insecure Hope is faced with a serious dilemma: does she jeopardize her “hometown hero” status by devotedly training this rising star to achieve the dreams she never could? Or does she attempt to sabotage the impressionable Maggie to ensure that she remains the one and only star in Amherst?