“Moxie” Is the Best Movie I’ve Seen This Year

When Netflix recently revealed a new movie from Amy Poehler, I was in. I figured it would be a light high school comedy in the vein of Mean Girls (which was directed by Poehler’s frequent collaborator, Tina Fey).

While the movie does have plenty of humor, I was wrong about it being light. It’s not your standard high school fair; instead, it uses high school as a microcosm representing a feminism, protesting, and host of issues about systemic misogyny. By the end of the movie, I was full-on sobbing–the movie is truly that powerful.

The protagonist of the movie, Vivian, pairs up with a new classmate, Lucy, to bring to light some major issues at their high school using an anonymous zine that builds into an incredible, inspiring movement. The final scene…I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s amazing.

The focus of Moxie is on a group of young women, but I also appreciate the role played by Vivian’s love interest, Seth. I wish I could have been a feminist like Seth when I was in high school…in fact, it’s surreal watching a kid do everything that I’m still learning to do now. If you’re a guy who wants to be a better feminist, watch this movie.

Moxie is so good that I’m sure I’ll watch it again by the end of 2021. It is a must-watch movie, and I highly recommend it. Let me know what you think if you check it out.

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