Roll Bounce (2005)
Director: Malcom D. Lee
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Run Time: 112 minutes
A handful of inner-city kids move up to the big time in this teen-centric musical. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), known to his friends as X, is a teenager growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late ’70s. X and his buddies are the hotshot skaters at the Palisades Gardens, a neighborhood roller rink where local kids roll to the latest disco sounds, but X loses his status as king of the hill when the Palisades closes down. With no skating action close by, X and his friends head uptown to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, where they feel like country mice in the big city among the expert skate dancers and beautiful women. But skating means a lot to X — with his widower father, Curtis (Chi McBride) going through a bad patch, skating gives him a sense of accomplishment and a belief in his own talent. So X and company keep heading uptown to Sweetwater, where they prepare to take on Sweetness (Wesley Jonathan) and his crew of the rink’s best dancers for the upcoming Roller Jam Skate-Off. X befriends a young local girl named Tori (Jurnee Smolett) and finds a good reason to go uptown when he meets a pretty skater girl, Naomi (Meagan Good). Meanwhile, Tori’s mother, Vivian (Kellita Smith) takes an interest in Curtis. Featuring a score of classic ’70s R&B and disco, Roll Bounce was directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who enjoyed a breakthrough hit with 2002’s Undercover Brother.
About Cinema Under the Stars:
Every Tuesday night at sundown we’ll be screening a free film as part of our summer series Cinema Under the Stars. Screenings will be held outdoors in the Copia Gardens in front of The CIA at Copia, so bring a blanket and cozy up with friends or loved ones! Come early and save a spot, then grab food and beverages from Grove and our pop-up concession stand to enjoy during the film. We’ve timed things perfectly to coincide with Locals Night at the Oxbow Marketplace, so your evening fun will never end. See you there!
All movies start at sundown; times may depend on the season. Please note that outside food and beverages are not permitted.