Follow TV Tropes


Film / The Bronze

Go To
There's no place like third.

The Bronze is a 2015 comedy about Hope Ann Greggory, a former Olympic gymnast who, after a Career-Ending Injury, lives with her father in Amherst, Ohio and coasts by on her local celebrity status. When her former coach commits suicide, Hope is promised $500,000 if she'll train Maggie Townsend, an up-and-coming teenage gymnast headed for the Olympics. While she initially attempts to sabotage the girl out of jealousy, the threat of losing her inheritance prompts her to train her for real.

Starring Melissa Rauch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, Cecily Strong, Thomas Middleditch, and Gary Cole, The Bronze had surprisingly poor critical reception.


The Bronze contains examples of:

  • Balloon Belly: After six weeks of overeating and not training Maggie develops a noticeable gut.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Hope tore her Achilles tendon when she was 17.
  • Character Development: Hope goes from a spoiled, self-centered asshole to a mature (but still prickly) adult over the course of the movie.
  • Crocodile Tears: Hope cries about her dead mom when she wants her dad to give in to her whims.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The film opens with home video footage of Hope's childhood, then to a video of her last tournament where she tore her Achilles tendon... and then cuts to now-adult Hope masturbating to the tournament footage.
    • Maggie sees Hope through a window and gasps "OMG, it's Hope Ann Greggory!" before doing a triple front-flip.
    • Lance yells at an intern on the phone, then proceeds to insult Hope and treat Ben like a servant.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Twitch.
  • Everytown, America: Amherst, Ohio.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Hope is an Olympic gymnast training newbie Maggie.
  • Genki Girl: Maggie is a hyper, happy teen who does handsprings when she's excited.
  • Advertisement:
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Maggie's strict religious upbringing prevents her from saying anything harsher than "shucks".
  • Hidden Buxom: Hope has quite a large bust for her height and build; she finds it awkward for a gymnast.
  • Imagine Spot: Hope has one at Maggie's Olympics, where she considers telling her that her mother's plane crashed so she'll blow her routine. Fortunately, she doesn't go that route.
  • It's All About Me: Hope's attitude.
  • Jerkass: Hope treats her loving father like dirt and actively tries to sabotage Maggie out of petty jealousy. She does get better, though, unlike [1] Lance who remains a complete dick the whole way through.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Hope's favorite word seems to be "fuck".
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Lance, during the very athletic sex scene.
  • Morality Pet: Maggie becomes this to Hope- eventually.
  • Nice Guy: Ben is an absolute sweetheart, as is Maggie.
  • Parents as People: Stan is a loving, devoted father, but he overindulges his daughter and can't seem to tell her no. He clearly regrets how much of a brat she became as a result.
  • Pet the Dog: Hope has a few of these moments with Maggie, like teaching her a (very crude) secret handshake and telling her not to beat herself up over minor mistakes.
  • Really Gets Around: Hope has no problem hooking with boys.
  • Spoiled Brat: Stan gives Hope everything she wants and doesn't make her get a job, so it's no surprise she turned out like this.
  • Starts with a Suicide: Coach P. kills herself at the beginning of the film, kickstarting the entire plot.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Maggie's behavior at the end can be seen like this (somewhat downplayed because she gives Hope her dues).
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The ending titles revela what happened to the main cast: not always something good.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: