|Directed by||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Produced by||Tyrone D. Dixon|
George Tillman Jr.
|Written by||Norman Vance Jr.|
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Cinematography||J. Michael Muro|
|Edited by||George Bowers|
State Street Pictures
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|September 23, 2005|
|Box office||$17.5 million|
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.
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[update], 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."
|Roll Bounce: The Album|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||September 20, 2005|
|Singles from Roll Bounce: The Album|
Roll Bounce: The Album was released on September 20, 2005 by Sanctuary Urban Records Group.
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.
|1.||"Boogie Oogie Oogie"||Brooke Valentine, Fabolous and Yo-Yo||4:08|
|2.||"Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"||Vaughan Mason & Crew||5:29|
|3.||"Pure Gold"||Earth, Wind & Fire||4:01|
|4.||"Wishing on a Star"||Beyoncé||4:08|
|5.||"Quit Actin'"||Ray J, R. Kelly and Shorty Mack||3:58|
|6.||"Superman Lover"||Johnny "Guitar" Watson||5:42|
|7.||"Hollywood Swinging"||Kool & the Gang||4:13|
|8.||"Let's Stay Together"||Michelle Williams||3:24|
|9.||"Lovely Day"||Bill Withers||4:13|
|10.||"I Wanna Know Your Name"||Keith Sweat||4:11|
|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|