Movie Review: Moxie

August 9, 2021

Details from IMDB:



Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy 16-year-old publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school.

Initial Thoughts:

I've been a fan of Amy Poehler for a while since she was on SNL, she is a very funny and talented actor and now that she is also into directing, my wife and I decided to give this movie a try. (That and we're on vacation, so we have the time for movies), Netflix and chill is often a good option :) 

Main Points:

I know I need to be careful talking about this film. As a man, there are a lot of issues in this film I can never fully understand and that's what a lot of this movie is, a film about women's issues and how men/society treats them (for the most part).

The film shows (I think) an extreme case of how one school treats (and allows) women to be treated but I'm sure similar things happen in many places all over the world. I do my best to treat women fairly, equally and with respect but I'm not perfect and I'm sure I've made mistakes in the past and will make more, the point is all men can do better and reflect on their behavior.

I think that's enough about all the serious issues in the movie. I enjoyed this movie, there is excellent acting all around and the story moves along at a good pace. There is a good selection of likable, despicable, and just regular characters in it. 

Poehler does a good job directing and I found myself laughing in the right spots and enjoying the success that the "Moxie" group has in the school.

I think I'm a tough sell for a lot of this movie, high school is so far behind me that I find it hard to relate to most movies set in teenage years. While the film isn't too long some of the characters seem to change very quickly and we don't get enough time to get to know them. I would have liked to have seen a larger role for Poehler herself and her boyfriend in the movie (played by Clark Gregg).

Final Thoughts:

It's an enjoyable movie and a good start for Poehler's directing career. I give it 7.5 out of 10, I admire the stand it takes on some hard/sensitive/important issues. Certainly not for young kids, alcohol, some sexual content, mature themes and language make it ages 14+. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a different take on the usual high school romance/drama movies and is willing to see how society needs to change.