Roll Bounce
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMalcolm D. Lee
Produced byTyrone D. Dixon
Dana Reid
Adam Robinson
Jeremiah Samuels
Robert Teitel
George Tillman Jr.
Written byNorman Vance Jr.
StarringBow Wow
Chi McBride
Mike Epps
Wesley Jonathan
Meagan Good
Nick Cannon
Music byStanley Clarke
CinematographyJ. Michael Muro
Edited byGeorge Bowers
Paul Millspaugh
State Street Pictures
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
September 23, 2005
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[1]
Box office$17.5 million[2]

Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The film also stars Nick Cannon, Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Wesley Jonathan, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith and Jurnee Smollett. The name of the film is derived from the 1979 song "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew.


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Set in 1978 Chicago, Roll Bounce tells the story of a teenager named Xavier "X" Smith whose mother died, leaving him with his father Curtis and his sister Sonya. After the local roller rink closes down, Xavier and his friends are forced to skate in the ritzy uptown rink "Sweetwater." Tired of being disrespected by the skate rental distributor, Bernard and other skaters at Sweetwater, the group enters a roller disco contest. Their biggest rivals are five-year champion, Sweetness and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. The film centers on Xavier's training for the competition while trying to work through problems with his father and his pretty childhood friend, Naomi. In the end, it not only comes down to gaining the respect of others, but also learning to respect themselves and giving roller disco their all.



Roll Bounce received mixed to positive reviews from critics. As of June 2020, the film holds a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 91 reviews with an average rating of 5.94/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "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."[3]


Roll Bounce: The Album
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
Singles from Roll Bounce: The Album
  1. "Wishing on a Star"
    Released: September 2005

Roll Bounce: The Album was released on September 20, 2005 by Sanctuary Urban Records Group.[4][5]


The soundtrack features artists such as Keith Sweat, Foxy, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fabolous, Yo-Yo, Michelle Williams, Bill Withers, Chic, Jamiroquai, Kool & the Gang and Vaughan Mason & Crew.[4][5]

1."Boogie Oogie Oogie"Brooke Valentine, Fabolous and Yo-Yo4:08
2."Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"Vaughan Mason & Crew5:29
3."Pure Gold"Earth, Wind & Fire4:01
4."Wishing on a Star"Beyoncé4:08
5."Quit Actin'"Ray J, R. Kelly and Shorty Mack3:58
6."Superman Lover"Johnny "Guitar" Watson5:42
7."Hollywood Swinging"Kool & the Gang4:13
8."Let's Stay Together"Michelle Williams3:24
9."Lovely Day"Bill Withers4:13
10."I Wanna Know Your Name"Keith Sweat4:11
11."Get Off"Foxy5:40
12."Le Freak"Chic4:16
Total length:41:09
Other songs in the film include

Awards and nominations

Year Show Category Recipient Result
2006 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Directing Malcolm D. Lee Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting Norman Vance, Jr. Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Brandon T. Jackson Winner
Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Norman Vance, Jr.
Best Ensemble Award Jurnee Smollett Nominated
Best Director Malcolm D. Lee
Best Original Soundtrack N/A

See also


  1. ^ Box Office Information for Roll Bounce. The Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Roll Bounce (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "Roll Bounce (2005)". Retrieved 22 June 2020 – via
  4. ^ a b c Various Artists: Roll Bounce Soundtrack. Sanctuary Records. 2005.
  5. ^ a b ahale (August 25, 2005). "New and Old R&B set to Roll Bounce". Hip Hop DX.