We can finally talk about Moxie! We were looking forward to giving you clues as to why we love this movie so much. You are about to watch it and we assure you that it’s totally worth it. Let’s try to make you even more eager to watch Moxie! in our advanced review. Don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free so there’s no danger. And, welcome to the revolution!
Here we go!
The film begins with very marked roles. We all go through high school and we know those roles perfectly. The cheerleader, the shy girl, the cute boy, the nerdy girl, the girl with a non-normative body and in a wheelchair, the captain of the team who believes that the whole school belongs to him and can do whatever he wants – and, unfortunately, he’s right – and the feisty girl who wants to turn things around and gets frustrated when she realizes it’s not that easy.
It is like opening the door to an school anywhere in the world. The roles are set and nothing changes. The team captain and his friends believe they have the right to do everything so they bully, insult and harass a girl who they decide is their target because she stands up to them. And of course, they are not going to let a girl, least of all a Black girl, look them in the eye and challenge them. They can do anything and everything, without consequences. Because it is useless to report them to the school, they are part of the problem.
Men are kings and women are just … there, they have to endure the harassment, both physical and sexual, from those disgusting men because nobody dares to stop them, nobody wants to do it because oh, they are the stars of the team and they are destined to have a scholarship in the best universities and, if they cross the line, doesn’t matter, you have to put up with it.
Because if they look at your cleavage, it’s your fault for wearing it, if you are harassed, it’s your fault for raising your voice. This is the mentality of the school and, unfortunately, that of the whole of society. The fault is always ours, not theirs. That is the establishment.
And what happens when the girls get fed up and bond? REVOLUTION! The revolution is started by the least thoughtful girl, the most shy of them all. And that’s the starting point for everything. It is the starting point to change things, to fight, to find the voice of each one of them and raise it high. Until the last consequences, until things change. Moxie! It is a cry of all women against a society that discriminates against us, that blames us, that puts us down.
The film is about changing things, about women supporting women, about sisterhood, about never giving up. Because without struggle, without revolution, nothing is achieved. As we talked with Josephine Langford, we need more movies like this one, movies that teach the little girls of today and those women who have not yet found their voice that they can do it, they can do anything they set their minds to. And that they are not alone.
Feminism is imprinted into this movie, into every minute and I love it. I really love it. Because it not only shows women who decide to be more active in the fight, but also women who cannot be exactly as active but also contribute because every grain of sand counts.
Also, Moxie! It is not only about feminism, but also makes social commentary of the difficulties that Black, Brown and POC immigrant women have in today’s American society, having to fight twice as much every day, to prove twice as much as white women have to.
Also, if this weren’t enough, Moxie! leaves us a very valuable lesson about friendship: even if life distances you, your best friend will always be there. No matter what.
But most of all, Moxie! shows us that, as Josephine Langford told us, you should never judge a book by its cover. The girls who seem the most popular, may be suffering so much inside …, those who seem the most shy, may be the leaders of something huge, those who seem not to want to participate, they may want to do it, even in another way. … never judge a book by its cover.
Moxie! is a movie where no topic is left untouched, because it also shows us that some women can be our worst enemies. There are those women who, for various reasons, are part of the problem. Just like those toxic men … but at the same time, the film also teaches us how men can be allies.
As you see, Moxie! dares to touch everything and takes a chillingly accurate X-ray of our society. And it just makes you proud to be a woman, it makes you want to raise your voice and scream. Makes you want to say: I’m a Moxie girl!
Moxie! will not leave anyone indifferent and I think that is just one of the objectives. Feminism, struggle, friendship and love intermingle in a wonderful film. Everything works in Moxie! and there is nothing that I can criticize or that I haven’t liked. I think it is perfect because it shows all sides of the same situation, daring to show those thorny issues that few movies or shows touch on.
Moxie! is daring.
Moxie! helps you find your voice.
SCREAM! The time to keep quiet is over.
And welcome to the revolution!
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