Sometimes, movies that say big things can do so while living a huge smile on your face. That's Netflix's Moxie. Based on Jennifer Mathieu's novel of the same name, the film follows a young girl and her friends as they try to navigate being young women in a world that's been built to stand in their way — even after all the work of the generations of women before them. The patriarchy is a hell of a disease, and films like Moxie are the proverbial antidote in a way that benefits both girls and boys alike.
Quinn Armstrong’s Survival Skills is a peculiar film. It’s adequately made, to be sure, and there’s something to be said for the 80s safety guide style of yore. The performances are all solid as well, but it seems like a film that’s not quite sure what it’s trying to say. It may be a victim of timing, as well. A Pleasantville style cop just wanting to do what’s right isn’t really something anyone’s looking for right now, but let’s take a look at it outside of our current political spectrum.