Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, Man from Crowd I have a few friends that are currently dealing with bullies and they call me coming home from school to talk about it and how to get through it. Alibar's writing doesn't shy away from hard truths. Together with their Scout Mama Miss Rayleen (Viola Davis), these scouts clash against racial, financial and social stigmas to take over the talent show. And while they deal with their fair share of mean girls in the form of the other, more traditional scout troops and adults who dismiss them, it’s also Christmas’ mentor-turned-troop-mother Miss Rayleen (Viola Davis) who also struggles with her own mean girl bully in judgmental Miss Massey (Allison Janney), the leader of the town’s existing Birdie Troop. When she’s turned away from the local Birdie Scout troop for being different, she forms her own misfit scouting troop of fellow fringe kids to fight for their chance to win the Birdie Scout talent competition and get to record a message on NASA’s Golden Record, a time-capsule to be launched into space for alien life to learn about Earth. Sometimes the simplest lessons are also the best. I wish I had my posse like Christmas Flint does.”, Watching Christmas evolve from a loner with no friends to a happy kid with a whole group of people who loved her for her was what Janney loves most about Troop Zero. [3], In 2019, Shotwell starred in the title role of the Netflix horror film Eli,[4] directed by Ciarán Foy. Christmas is his only friend.

One tyke, dubbed Smash (Johanna Colon), is the opposite of a stereotypical Georgia peach. “It was a secret that I hid, I just swept it under the rug and I really, really felt a lot of shame because of that. "Troop Zero" is a wholesome, intersectional feminist movie for the whole family that tackles race and class issues while empowering girls. Never give up hope and just keep going. It’s okay to be yourself. "Troop Zero"Directed by Bert & BertieWritten by Lucy AlibarAmazon StudiosStarring Viola Davis, Mckenna Grace, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps and Allison JanneyReleased on Jan. 17, 2020 on AmazonPG.

That’s what I say but that’s a hard thing to say to a 10-year-old. Required fields are marked *. David Bowie fans will be tickled pink to note that three of Bowie's tunes appear in the film. Jim Gaffigan, who plays Christmas’ well-meaning but inept father Ramsey, loves how Troop Zero exposes how every bully has their own reasons for acting a certain way — which of course doesn’t excuse awful behavior, but helps shine a light on how they might be bullied themselves, like with Miss Massey. Charlie Shotwell Joseph ... As I was enjoying the sweet and simple and warmly funny pleasures of "Troop Zero," I was thinking it had to be based on a popular Young Adult novel. I read the stuff Prager said men/women/sex and he's a comple... ‘Troop Zero’ Makes the Most of Its Merry Misfits.

“I love the message and the girl power-ness of it all and finding strength in your differences and rising above and reaching for something and not being told that you can’t because you’re from the wrong side of the tracks or you’re too this or you’re not this,” she says. It’s hard not to adore what “Troop Zero” promotes. Both dad and Rayleen regretfully say that Joseph needs to be a fast runner. Massey’s archaic idea of a “good Birdie” is one who studies to become an obedient housewife. It helps that Alibar has written a strong, compassionate script that doesn't rely on gender and racial stereotypes but on truthful, realistic dialogue. Everyone’s dealing with their own stuff and it’s how we justify our bad behavior which is really the problem.”, Janney echoes that sentiment, adding, “I would tell someone if I knew they were being bullied, I would make them realize that a person who bullies is a sad person, a fearful person. Enter your email address below to receive daily email updates including news, giveaways and more. It won’t be easy, thanks to the villainous Miss Massey (Allison Janney) and a neighboring troop set on squashing their dreams. The same holds true for young Joseph, the only boy in this Birdie Scout group. ... That’s about as different as a character can be in Troop Zero. Shotwell was born in Madison, Wisconsin. I did. Davis and Janney lap their one-dimensional roles.

Christmas is his only friend.Early in the movie, we meet Joseph in a brief scene in which his father (Kenneth Wayne Bradley) is playing football with Joseph. Jim Gaffigan plays Christmas's clueless but sincere father. Writer Lucy Alibar and co-directors Amber Templemore-Finlayson and Katie Ellwood (credited as “Bert & Bertie”) fashion Troop Zero with characters that are quirky and eccentric, and that’s precisely why they are so interesting. But the earnestness of the material make it worth a watch. What's missing is a narrative focus that brings the wholesome messaging together. There are moments where the sentimentality is so abundant that Steven Spielberg may think to himself, “Ok, this might be too much.” But beneath the cutesy exterior lies a message that is unavoidably necessary: loving one’s self. The film from Amazon Studios — directed by duo Bert & Bertie and penned by Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar — follows a young outcast girl named Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace). These are warm, caring families that make best with what they have. Joseph (Charlie Shotwell) is a young boy who hates sports and loves singing showtunes and styling hair. “I was bullied as a kid. You’re worth it. Bert & Bertie (aka The Berts, "Dance Camp") direct the script by Lucy Alibar ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") for Amazon Studios. Take a child, any child, who doesn't 'belong' and suddenly you've got a character to care about. A lot,” she says.

So when Christmas learns of a NASA program where children can record messages to be sent into space, she’s all in. Heck, let’s not fool ourselves: parents can get something out of it too. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The family-friendly 'Troop Zero' follows a gaggle of outcasts cracking the girl scout circuit. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime. I did not see that the very same reasons I thought that I was an outsider were the very reasons I was so extraordinary.”, While Davis has since become more confident in herself, she remembers how when she was younger, it was a much different story. We crave more scenes with him and Christmas. Filming & Production She ends up becoming the troupe’s leader. The character Joseph is an effeminate boy with no self-preservation. They are celebrating. No one says that Joesph is gay but Joseph's entire character arc is set up to strongly suggest with a doubt that he is. Gaffigan and Davis have surprisingly good chemistry. Sadly, the way the final act unfolds counteracts how well everything was going up to at that point. I’m bullied now,” Davis says. Troop Zero is a 2019 American comedy-drama film, directed by British female duo Bert & Bertie, from a screenplay by Beasts of the Southern Wild co-writer Lucy Alibar and inspired by Alibar's 2010 play Christmas and Jubilee Behold The Meteor Shower. It's bittersweet cinema, the kind with more on its mind that PG antics. Troop Zero is now streaming on Amazon Prime. And you should just fully ignore it and know that it comes from a place of they’re damaged in some way and to wish them well and pray for them, pray that they will find love or be loved in a way that they are not.

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