Box art for Roll Bounce

Roll Bounce

comedy


When their local roller-skating rink closes down, a group of teenagers from the south side of Chicago enter the roller skating contest at a ritzy rink on the north side.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    64%
  • Audience Score
    70%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

At times tedious, mostly fine for ages 13+.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes sexual references (primarily, men or boys ogling tight-dressed women), crude humor (jokes about a girl wearing braces and other boyish shenanigans), and some language (including the "N" word). As a coming of age story, the movie focuses on the ways a family copes with the recent death of the mother. Father-son tensions eventually lead to a fight, where son smashes his dad's car with a crowbar, and then tearful reconciliation.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the death of the mother: how do father and son handle her loss differently and also similarly? Why does Curtis lie to his son (by omission) about not having a job? How does X's roller skating serve as an outlet and also a metaphor for his emotional maturation over the summer? And what about all those brand named goods all over the movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    64%
    reviews counted: 7
    see all Roll Bounce reviews
  • Audience

    70%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fresh:

- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review, Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rotten: For some reason, teasing people about their skin color has become a big theme of brainless black comedies like this. Plus, it unfolds like one long Pepsi ad, with dialogue extolling the cola's virtues in virtually every scene.

- Kam Williams, BlackNews.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Bland coming-of-age drama only picks up during few skating scenes.

- wbgoose13, Saturday, June 2, 2007