Roll Bounce As a fad, roller disco always bordered on the ludicrous. How do you glide forward on skates and get down with your bad self at… Roll Bounce As a fad, roller disco always bordered on the ludicrous. How do you glide forward on skates and get down with your bad self at… 2005-09-23 PG-13 PT110M Comedy Bow Wow Nick Cannon Mike Epps Chi McBride Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movie Review

Roll Bounce (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Bow Wow, Roll Bounce | DON'T HATE THE SKATA A winning pre-hip-hop fable about a young lord of the rink
Image credit: Roll Bounce: Chuck Hodes
DON'T HATE THE SKATA A winning pre-hip-hop fable about a young lord of the rink
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 23, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Bow Wow; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

As a fad, roller disco always bordered on the ludicrous. How do you glide forward on skates and get down with your bad self at the same time? Very awkwardly. Yet when you behold the teen boogie skaters of Roll Bounce, which is set in Chicago in 1978, those funky/silly movements give you a happy jolt of pleasure. It's hard not to notice that the kitschiness of the dancing is what makes it so...optimistic. The director, Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man), immerses us in the eager daze that ruled the final moment before the dawn of hip-hop. He knows how to use the great riffs of Chic and KC & the Sunshine Band to create a kind of Saturday afternoon fever, and he has a gift for coaxing nuance from the most modest of actors. Bow Wow plays the skate-dance hero in a way that's never too cool to hide what an avid achiever the kid is, and he and his buddies converse in a fiendishly alert middle-class trash talk that keeps Roll Bounce jumping.

Originally posted Sep 21, 2005 Published in issue #842 Sep 30, 2005 Order article reprints
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