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Roll Bounce

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some crude humor

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Primary Audience:
Romance Comedy Drama
1 hr. 52 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 23, 2005 (wide)
Featuring: Lil' Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Khleo Thomas, Mike Epps, Meagan Good, Nick Cannon
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Producer: Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In the late ’70s, when roller skating was a way of life, X (Bow Wow) and his pals ruled supreme. But when the doors of their local skating rink close, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of another that sees the boys venture into foreign territory—uptown’s Sweetwater Roller Rink, complete with its over-the-top skaters and beautiful girls. Through his preparation for the showdown of the season—the Roller Jam skate off with the Sweetwater crew—X manages to find himself and also help his dad (Chi McBride) get back on track.”

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Neutral—I read in the newspaper that it was a good family movie. There was repeating of two profanities, and the objectifying of young teenage girls made me uncomfortable taking my pre-teen boys to see. Hence, parental suggestion is advised.
My Ratings: Average / 3½
—Shantell, age 29
Movie Critics
…has an amateur feel and drags on too long… Essentially a television movie about rollerskating…
…a feel-good, family-friendly movie, but too many crudities and obscenities…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review, Mary Draughon
…It’s too bad that these super-slick ’70s sensations have to go and ruin everything by being so preoccupied with sex and exhibiting such a propensity toward profanity.
—Plugged In, Tom Neven
…By contemporary standards, Roll Bounce is a teen movie of unusually sweet disposition…
—Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips
…endearing and comical… packs some serious family issues… and… social commentary on the era…
—E! Online
…Mildly entertaining and occasionally funny, but too often a roller skating movie that falls—sometimes fairly hard…
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Longino