Add news
Нами Накагава — Kimi Wa Kirameki/Ты - Сияние! (feat. Ichigo Tanuki)
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021
News Every Day |

Rebelling for a Cause

Still from Moxie.

Amy Poehler is an American actress and director of Moxie, a new film on Netflix, the streaming behemoth making mad money during the COVID-19 pandemic. The story line, in which Poehler plays the mother of a shy 16-year-old Vivian, (Hadley Robinson), works on different levels.

Spoiler alert: teen angst also shapes the film. It is set at a high school in the USA.

In the beginning, Vivian is an introvert. She prefers to get along by going along. We know folks like that, right?

Early in the film, a male classmate, Mitchell (Patrick Schwarzenegger), disagrees with Lucy (Alycia Pascual-Peña), a new student at the high school, when a condescending male teacher asks her for feedback on reading an assigned novel, The Great Gatsby. Lucy takes issue with the book’s class and gender limits. I did, as well.

Is the American literary canon at stake? Lucy’s critique raises the ire of Mitchell, quarterback of the school football team and more than that as we discover at the end of the film.

Soon after, Mitchell, a true legend in his own mind, tries to intimidate Lucy. When he goes low, she goes high. Vivian views some of this thuggish behavior.

Principal (Marcia Gay Harden) provides no help to Lucy after experiencing Mitchell’s rudeness. In brief, the female school administrator is tone deaf.

Meanwhile, Vivian’s closest friend, Clauda (Lauren Tsai), wants the two of them to lay low and continue their science studies at the University of California at Berkeley. What could go wrong?

Plenty, we find out. Clauda and Vivian, apparently best friends forever, experience stress to their relationship that begins at school and grows to reach inside their homes.

The girls clash with their mothers. Tensions rise.

In the meantime, Vivian discovers her mother’s social activism a generation ago. In short, she rebelled against patriarchy, a longstanding feature of male-dominated social structures.

That rebellion, in part cultural, e.g., dress and music, resonates with Vivian. Back in her younger days before entering adulthood and earning wages to pay bills became a daily reality, Poehler’s character produced a zine titled Moxie. Alternative journalism, an American tradition, lives!

Surreptitiously, Vivian begins to emulate her mother’s dissident ways, criticizing and describing second-class treatment of female students at high school. To this end, she distributes Moxie in secret.

Vivian leaves publication copies in the girls’ restrooms, for instance. Students read and respond to Moxie, favorably.

It strikes a chord, highlighting male mistreatment of females. What the high school readers, mainly female students, and Seth (Nico Hiraga) a male classmate and love interest of Vivian’s, discover is that they share common experiences of opposing racism and sexism. There is plenty of both at their high school, no shock given the structure of US society.

Moxie, the film adaptation of Jennifer Mathieu’s novel, delivers a slice of female empowerment with humor and levity. The unfolding of a collective effort to address individual injustices wraps up neatly, too much so, I think.

You be the judge, though. I think, however, that you might enjoy watching Moxie.


The post Rebelling for a Cause appeared first on

Read also

Susanna Reid reveals hair transformation as she returns to Good Morning Britain with short chop and blonde highlights

Gomis, Carrillo get Al Hilal up and running in Champions League

Dangote commits $700m to sugar production

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day

Drakkar Klose injured, UFC Vegas 24 co-main vs. Jeremy Stephens cancelled