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Moxie (12, 112 minutes)
Amy Poehler directs this teen movie for the times which is so woke it’s hard to stay awake.
Vivien, a shy 16-year old high school pupil (played by Hadley Robinson, who is actually 27) gets a feminist awakening inspired by her mother’s 90’s Riot Grrl past and Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna (who in 1990 unknowingly triggered a cultural explosion herself when she spray painted “Kurt smells of Teen Spirit” on her friend Mr Cobain’s wall).
Fed up with the overt sexism at her school she secretly launches her own feminist magazine which she leaves in the girls’ toilets and before long the school has a revolution on its hands.
Like a teenager with a cause, this coming of age film has the best intentions but too often falls into cliché, not least in its portrayal of the American education system, which leaves me wondering if this is really what it’s like at these places or if it’s a construct created by Hollywood over the past 40-odd years.
Because if this is an accurate picture of schools in the US I’m left wondering how any of them manage to be literate, never mind making it to college.
Robinson is actually very convincing in the sort of role that 15 year ago would have been a shoe in for Emma Stone, but in the attention deficit Tik Tok generation I’m not sure if the audience exists anymore, even on Netflix, for films like this and its preachy PC box ticking.