Trudie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Adored the spirit of this! And the soundtrack, whew.
When the trailer dropped and I realised it was sort of like a 5 years too late tween feminist movie I knew it would be met with complaints. The superiority complex-having feminists would say it's too broad or was another white girl ends sexism story, and men too cowardly to admit they're over all the me too etc. stuff would find other ways to reduce it down to something they could get away with making snide remarks about — I think those reactions suuuuuuuckkkkk!
This isn't going to "end sexism", but it is something that would've greatly benefitted 14 year old me who was a feminist before that was a socially acceptable thing to say in school. Heck, even in college any feminist-aligned thing I said was met with opposition. So while this isn't a game changer or even insightful to anyone who has been a victim of the issues it portrays, I think as a YA movie about learning to stop making yourself small, it's a good time with admirable intentions.
It's easy to brush these movies off if you're educated on the topics and are part of a social climate where it's all been said before, but — I shouldn't have to say this — not everyone is that privileged (or old). It's important to consider the target audience.
Discourse aside (I need to learn how to ignore people online because real life doesn't facilitate this level of irrationality) I enjoyed this. The rock and roll, zine angle was great and appealed to me as someone who found her route into self-actualisation through angry art, mostly.
Moxie can get a bit OTT with it (like that girl power top I had in 2017) movie confronts that and rationalised it to an extent.
The young actresses do a good job, and I'm an Amy Poehler fan in general.
Moxie is a loud about how it's not leaving anyone out and is #woke, and if I have to see one more American high school movie with the exact same tropes and set ups I'll die (or are y'all just like that?) but this was sweet and I enjoyed the characters dipping their young toes into the waters of 'omg everything is terrible but at least we're trying'. It's way more noble than 'omg everything is terrible but I'm doing nothing cause that's not cool or chill✌🏻'.
Would have maybe been more of a statement had they set it in the early 2000s, but I don't like the idea that we have to pretend everything is fixed now. It's not; things have just taken a much more micro-aggression route behind the excuse of humour.
It bothers me that an innocent and intersectional movie about these issues was largely met with cynicism by both feminists and sexists alike before they had seen it. I like films to have more subtlety but I also get that this film was not meant for me as an adult who has read a lot of feminist theory and who has been extremely online for almost a decade. We all had a transition period when we learned about feminism for the first time, and when it was new to us surely our approach to was unrefined with a lot more to be learned in the details, but this is a movie about children! CHILDREN. I too was once a children.