Sundance 2015: ‘The Bronze’ kicks off the festival with gymnastic sex

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‘Big Bang Theory’ star’s gymnastic sex scene scores a ’10’ at Sundance.

The 31st installment of North America’s preeminent showcase for independent cinema kicked off Thursday night in a torrent of female genitalia jokes, toilet humor, and an inspired flourish of gymnastic sex.Costars Melissa Rauch and Sebastian Stan had a blush-worthy sex scene that “elicited howls of laughter” in The Bronze, writes Us Weekly’s film critic Mara Reinstein from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah — read her review Credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance The movie is called The Bronze, which premiered on Thursday, Jan. 22 in the coveted opening night slot.Sundance’s unlovely tendency to empty the lavatories in First Class at 30,000 feet over Flyover Country is in evidence with “The Bronze,” a mean-spirited and largely witless satire of an Olympic gymnast who has Kerri Strug’s grit but Tonya Harding’s personality.

That is, sex literally involving gymnastics during which the actors perform back flips, splits, and pommel-horse dismounts onto and off of each other’s naked bodies. Relativity is trying to maintain maximum flexibility when it comes to releasing the picture about a foul-mouthed former Olympic gymnast, played by “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch. Melissa Rauch (from the aptly titled The Big Bang Theory) co-wrote the flick and stars as Hope, a bronze medal-winning 2004 Olympic gymnast turned embittered, Fanta-swilling slacker. (Think Keri Strug meets Tonya Harding.) If Hope — who still wears her Team USA warm-up apparel every day — had her way, she’d be living off of her 15 Minutes in small town Ohio for eternity. Variety described one scene between Rauch and co-star Sebastian Stan as “one of the raunchiest sex sequences in movie history,” noting it involves “pole vaults, cartwheels and pirouettes.” Mashable panned the film, but said the sex scene was “a perfect 10.” While The Slanted raved about the film and said the scene has “everything from tumbles, to vaults to cartwheels thrown into the mix to create one of the funniest/raunchiest events you could hope for.” The Bronze was co-written by Rauch and her husband, Winston Rauch. The film is about a former gymnast who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and won’t let anyone forget it, even though she now lives in her dad’s basement in a small Ohio town and is an obvious has-been.

Leading the Sundance Film Festival’s narrative features section, the raunch comedy The Bronze played to a packed house at Park City’s Eccles Theater. By way of introduction, the movie’s director Bryan Buckley heaped credit on star-screenwriter Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory‘s intimidating Dr.

Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz stick the landing in the bedroom, the actress revealed that she used a body double for the gymnastic parts of the scene. Bitter gymnast Hope Annabelle Greggory (Rauch) engages in a prolonged, spirited and ridiculously gymnastic sex scene with fellow Olympic gymnast Lance Tucker (Sebastian Stan).

Rauch plays Hope with maximum white trash tendencies (junk food, scrunchy, bad haircut, slutty remarks) and has the character wear her Olympic warmup suit at all times as her cringing postman father (Gary Cole, in an unfortunate turn for him) encourages her to shake off the past and get a job. Yet just when it seems like this pitch-black comedy should be tossed into the hackneyed Bad Adult movie genre pile along with Bad Words, Bad Teacher and Bad Santa, comes The Scene.

Content to while away what’s left of her youth chugging Fanta, tearing around Ohio in an immense gold Buick, and snorting lines of allergy medicine, Hope Ann is shaken from her stasis by the sudden death of her gymnastics mentor Coach P. But her instructor scolded her for her lack of commitment, saying, according to the 34-year-old Rauch, that she was “kind of old to be starting her gymnastics career.” In a suicide letter, the coach pledges to leave her past-prime protégé $500,000 if Hope Ann will train 16-year-old gymnastics up-and-comer Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) for the Toronto Games.

Hope Ann’s initial impulse toward Tonya Harding-like ruination for the younger gymnast compels an unusual fitness regime—casual sex, a diet of fried foods, and marijuana smoothies—but eventually gives way to serious intent. For a few delirious minutes — the sequence plays at fast-forward speed — the two spin from acrobatic sex positions to impressive flexibility holds. All of this merely elevates the film from the loathsome to the bearable, though, and any distributor who bets big on this no-star project will regret it. Along the way, there’s a romantic subplot involving nerdy gym owner Twitchy (Thomas Middlemarch of HBO’s Silicon Valley) and Hope Ann’s ex-flame-turned-gymnastics coaching nemesis Lance (Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Sebastian Stan) that culminates in that back-flipping sex scene. “When you’re 4″10″-and-a-half and 6’1″, you have to get creative,” Rauch said in a Q&A session after the screening, and added, “You write what you know.” But overall, The Bronze functions mostly as a showcase for tiny dynamo Rauch, who can now rightly lay claim to a new renown as America’s top female comedian under 5’ tall.

Milking her vertical challenges—and the kind of visceral jolt that comes from hearing a child-sized woman utter words such as “clit jizz”—for maximum laughs, Rauch used the Sundance spotlight to showcase herself as a kind of proto-Melissa McCarthy. He was stationed just outside the theater’s velvet ropes Thursday night dressed in a Simon Cowell-esque fitted black T-shirt, greeting and hugging a long-line of industry well-wishers as they left the theater. Taylor Swift showed off her amazing, slim bikini body and mysterious belly button(!) while vacationing with the band Haim in Hawaii on Friday, Jan. 23. She donned a colorful yellow and red two-piece and later slipped into a retro one-piece. “Greetings from Maui! @haimtheband,” she captioned one shot with sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. In one sexy pose, Swift bundled up in a blouse as she and her girlfriends tried to catch a tan. “When we were whale watching and didn’t see whales for 5 minutes and got all moody,” she joked.

Swift’s rare bikini shots may come as a surprise to fans, but not as much as her revealing her belly button. (Yes, it’s true!) Back in November, the “Style” singer told Lucky magazine that she doesn’t like showing that part of her body. “When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I want that to be a mystery,” she told the mag. “As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button.

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