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Roll Bounce (2005)



Critic Consensus: Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.

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A young man and his pals rule supreme at their local roller-skating rink, but when the doors close, the boys venture into foreign territory -- uptown's Sweetwater Roller Rink, complete with over-the-top skaters and beautiful girls. Through his preparation for the roller-showdown of the season, the young man manages to find himself and also help his struggling dad get back on track.

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Bow Wow
as Xavier
Wesley Jonathan
as Sweetness
Khleo Thomas
as Mixed Mike
Mike Epps
as Byron
Nick Cannon
as Bernard
Wayne Brady
as D.J. Johnny Feelgood
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels
as Garden D.J. Smooth Dee
Kat Tuohy
as Donna
Marcia Wright
as Rhonda King
Ernest Perry Jr.
as Donald Robinson
Tim Kazurinsky
as Car Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Roll Bounce

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (30)

Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness.

September 26, 2005

It will remind you what it was like to be a teenager during the last few days of summer. And even though the plot is a little thin, you probably won't even notice until long after the music stops.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The end of the dismal summer movie season couldn't have been blessed with a more satisfying coda than the rollicking, funny, relentlessly cheery and genuinely touching spirit that makes Roll Bounce a captivating delight from start to finish.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.

September 23, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos.

September 23, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roll Bounce


At times, "Roll Bounce" feels a bit silly, but at it's core, it'a about a family in harsh times, as they see everyone around them having a good time. As X (Bow Wow) and his friends have faced the final days of their skate rink, they must choose to go over to the rich side of town to skate, where they run into old aquiantences and new rivals! The emotional tone of this film is phenomenal, seeing as this film goes from extremely silly to extremely heartfelt in seconds. I love the 70's feel of this film, it is done perfectly, and the music choices are fun. The direction is done well enough and the acting is very commendable. "Roll Bounce" is a very nice film to watch!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


I loved the detail in this movie, it really game it a 70's feel. All in all it's a fun film with some good smiles and laughs.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Oh Meagen Good, I melt just seeing your lips, god! This movie was very good and it really made me feel young again. 1970s roller-skate jams fuel this coming-of-age comedy, as X and his friends, who rule their local rink, are shocked when their home base goes out of business. Heading over to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, they find their modest talents are, at first, no competition for their trick skaters and pretty girls who follow their every move.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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