Roll Bounce

Rated PG-13 112 minutes 2005

The year is 1978, and Xavier (rapper Bow Wow) heads up a small posse of roller skaters who vaguely resemble Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, except that none of them is deformed. The local South Side roller rink closes down early on, leaving the gang without a place to hang out. Eventually they make a trip to the North Side, where, at a place called Sweetwater's, they run afoul of an arrogant posse of skaters who work backup for the biggest star in roller disco -- a buff loverboy with an early-Prince look who goes by the nom-de-skates "Sweetness" (Wesley Jonathan). A challenge is thrown down, and our climax is set up: A roller dance-off is coming, pitting the teams against each other for a cash prize and -- more important -- bragging rights. Director Malcolm D. Lee, who played the retro groove thang broadly in Undercover Brother, dives so wholeheartedly and unironically into this movie about, yes, roller disco, that any faults seem minor.

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Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writer: Norman Vance and Jr.

Producer: Robert Teitel, George Tillman and Jr.

Cast: Chi McBride, Shad 'Bow Wow' Gregory Moss, Wesley Jonathan, Nick Cannon, Khleo Thomas, Mike Epps, Meagan Good, Rick Gonzalez, Brandon Jackson and Marcus T Paulk

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