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Golden Arm

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Arm-wrestling comedy mixes raunchy humor, sweetness.

Movie NR 2021 91 minutes
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This arm-wrestling comedy isn't as funny as it hopes to be, but the crude humor never goes too far, and the lovable, cheerful characters and positive vibe make it a mild amusement. As Golden Arm begins, it can feel a little off-putting: Danny's character comes on strong, and the whole arm-wrestling world seems both absurd and terrifying. But gentle Melanie provides a doorway into the world, and it's not long before it all starts to seem rather interesting -- and even empowering.

Better still, as the movie finds its groove, it even manages to elicit a couple of chuckles here and there. Truthfully, Golden Arm is a tad formulaic -- the wild and crazy best friend tries to break the timid friend out of her shell, "training" montages, etc. -- but it never feels locked down by that formula. Melanie gets to explore her dark side, and Danny has wants and needs of her own outside Melanie's happiness. The movie is so sunny in spirit that the supposed "outrageous" behavior starts to feel merely silly and even comfortable, like an old, ratty bathrobe.

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