The Bronze is a 2015 American sports comedy-drama film directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. It was produced by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass through their Duplass Brothers Productions banner. The film stars Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, Haley Lu Richardson and Dale Raoul. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2015. The film was theatrically released on March 18, 2016 by Sony Pictures Classics.
Former gymnastics Bronze Medalist Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch) has been living off her celebrity status in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, to the point of getting free meals and going through the mail her post-office father delivers for spending money. When her former coach Pavleck (Christine Abrahamsen) suddenly commits suicide, a letter arrives addressed to Hope stating that if she can guide Pavleck’s best student, a young gymnastics star named Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson) to the Olympics in Toronto, she will receive a $500,000 inheritance.
Unwilling to be overshadowed by Maggie’s success, Hope instead plans to take the money but sabotage Maggie’s training so she can stay on top, initially feeding her excessive junk food and a shake laced with marijuana. She performs so poorly that arrogant Olympic Gold Medalist Lance Tucker (Sebastian Stan), who resents Hope’s celebrity on account of her inferior bronze medal (which she won despite a career-ending injury) threatens to take over as Maggie’s coach. When she learns she will forfeit the inheritance money if she doesn’t continue training Maggie, Hope convinces Maggie’s mother to let Maggie stay with her and grudgingly devotes herself to Maggie’s training. Along the way, she enters a romance with her assistant coach Ben Lawfort (Thomas Middleditch), nicknamed “Twitchy” due to his compulsive blinking habit.