Today we’re talking about the 2021 film Moxie.
The movie walks the line between heartwarming coming of age and showing the real horrors of sexism and racism. In the end it firmly settles on heartwarming coming of age.
It took me much too long to realize what the movie was going for and I kept waiting for the metaphorical axe to fall. I was expecting expulsion, but instead I got successful social action, and the drama came from the angry teen.
Beyond my expectations being skewed, the movie abandoned some threads and didn’t give enough room to some of the characters. Even after adjusting my expectations, it felt too clean and sanatized.
The main character is a quiet girl whose whole goal in high school is to fly under the radar. When she gets exposed to some severe racism and sexism, she goes from shy wallflower to passionate SJW.
Everything in the movie is seen through her lens, which is a great way to introduce white people, especially young girls, to these issues. However, because of that, there are characters introduced that have no story or very little.
In order to make the movie end on a happy note, the “villains” had to be comical and a mixture of inept and lazy.
The dialogue is designed to make everyone understand the main topics and hint at some of the others. The dialogue is very cleverly written, being both authentic and educational.
Visuals and Music
Just like the dialogue, the cinematography is very cleverly done to both illustrate and emphasize the different issues.
The music is well picked and does a great job to enhance the story.
The movie stressed me out; I kept expecting something predictable and horrible to happen. It didn’t happen, but it did affect my enjoyment. I think a second viewing would be easier.
That being said the romance was cute and the high points were satisfying.
A great introduction to social issues that a lot of privileged people don’t know or want to think about. The issues are wrapped in a predictable coming of age story and shown through the lens of a partially oblivious white girl.
It’s a fun high school romp with a great set of messages, but it’s an overly optimistic and shallow introduction to social issues.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5