The Bronze | Chicago Reader

The Bronze

Melissa Rauch of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is nearly unrecognizable as a former Olympic gymnast, whose vile personality turns this attempt at satire into an endurance test. Her character, a spoiled brat pushing 30, lives at home with her postman father (poor Gary Cole) because she’s too obsessed with her glory days as a teenage bronze medalist to get a job. When circumstances impel her to coach a rising young star (Haley Lu Richardson) whose talent and cuteness impinge upon her own status as a local celebrity, high jinks ensue—most of them cruel, none of them funny. This indie comedy could have been a brutal yet endearing midwestern cult classic a la Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), but instead it’s petty and repulsive. Bryan Buckley directed a script by Rauch and her husband, Winston; with Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, and Cecily Strong.



  • Bryan Buckley


  • Melissa Rauch
  • Gary Cole
  • Haley Lu Richardson
  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Cecily Strong
  • Dale Raoul
  • Brian Binder
  • Christine Abraham


  • Stephanie Langhoff
  • Jay Duplass
  • Mark Duplass
  • Bryan Buckley
  • Melissa Rauch
  • Winston Rauch
  • M. Cuddy

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