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Amy Poehler’s New Teen Film Is Earnest But Doesn’t Quite Work

When I first saw the trailer for the new Netflix comedy Moxie, out on March 3, I felt like the film had been made for me, specifically. There was talk of revolution, smashing the patriarchy, and teen girl rebellion, all set to the very good “Rebel Girl” by Swimsuit Kill. I was all in.
Moxie stars Hadley Robinson as Vivian, a 16-year-old who discovers feminism through the mementos of her mom, Lisa (Amy Poehler, who also directed the film), who was in the riot grrrl scene as a young woman. After the boys at Vivian’s school make a list ranking the girls and their so-called fuckability, Vivian makes a zine, called Moxie, to sp…

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