Vivian, a seemingly shy 16-year-old, has always preferred to keep her head down and fly under the radar. But when the arrival of a new student forces her to examine the unchecked behavior of her fellow students running rampant at her high school, Vivian realizes she’s fed up. Inspired by her mother’s rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her high school, and unexpectedly sparks a movement. Now at the center of a revolution, Vivian begins to forge new friendships with other young women and allies, reaching across the divide of cliques and clubs as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of high school together.
Director: Amy Poehler
Cast: Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Josephine Langford, Patrick Schwarzenegger
Review: Moxie may not be the revolutionary film it was born to be, but it’s still a strong directorial effort from Poehler. Ideologically, I am down with this completely, but it is very on-the-nose. Well-attuned to the blind spots and sanctimony of the well-meaning, it’s a worthwhile thought and conversation-starter for anyone with teenagers.
But too often the film is, ironically, oddly cheesy and it aims for, but never quite reaches, the heights of sharper, better teenage movies such as Booksmart, Election and Mean Girls.
Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn