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Movie Review: ‘Moxie’ addresses sexism

Movie Review: ‘Moxie’ addresses sexism
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Five out of Five Stars

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

With March being Women’s History Month, it seems only fitting to release a movie about feminism. On March 3, the new Netflix original movie “Moxie” was released.

The movie takes place at a high school in a small town where sexist and toxic behavior happens on a daily basis; and the students just accept it as normal.

In this high school, the popular boys of the school release a ranking list of the girls in the school every year. The rankings range from “best rack” to “most bangable.” The list is annoying and offensive to the girls of the school, but none of them push back because of the “boys will be boys” attitude of the principal.

Vivian (Hadley Robinson), inspired by the punk-rock, rebellious past of her mother (Amy Poehler), as well as the fearlessness of the new girl at school, Lucy (Alycia Pascual Pena), to stand up to the boy’s harassments, creates ‘zines called “Moxie” and anonymously post them around the school.

In the ‘zines, Vivian displays her anti-sexist opinions about situations that have taken place in the school. These include the ranking list made by the boys; and a girl being sent home for wearing a tank top, even though another girl with a smaller chest is wearing the same type of tank top.

The ‘zines inspire the girls, and even many of the boys of the school, to stand up and fight against the toxic and inappropriate behavior.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I was expecting it to be overly dramatic and very negative, but the film handled the themes of sexism and feminism very well.

The movie had teenage drama that made me roll my eyes, but it also had many humorous and heartwarming parts. The film showcased many aspects of sexism: rape culture, unfair advantages, inequality, sexual harassment, etc.

The film is also inclusive to boys by not completely generalizing the sexism. It shows many boys in support of “Moxie.” One of these supporters of the Moxie movement becomes romantically involved with the main character.

I recommend this movie to everyone. I believe it shows the horrible reality that sexism is still very prominent in the world, along with racism.