Set in 1978 Chicago, Roll Bounce tells the story of a boy named Xavier (Bow Wow) (nicknamed "X") whose mother has died, leaving him with his father, Curtis (Chi McBride) and his sister, Sonya. After the local roller rink closes down, X and his friends are forced to skate in the ritzy uptown rink "Sweetwater". Tired of being disrespected by the skaters at Sweetwater, the group enters a roller disco contest. Their biggest rivals are the 5-year champion, Sweetness (Wesley Jonathan) and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. The film centers on X training for the competition while trying to work through problems with his father and his love interest, Naomi (Meagan Good).
Supporting actors include Marcus T. Paulk, Khleo Thomas, Nick Cannon, Rick Gonzalez, Charlie Murphy, Mike Epps, Brandon T. Jackson, and Wayne Brady. The soundtrack features Ray J, R. Kelly, Beyonce Knowles, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Brooke Valentine, Michelle Williams and Shorty Mack.
|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||N/A||Nominated|
|Best Director||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Best Original Soundtrack||N/A|
Reinventing the wheels 'ROLL BOUNCE': This coming-of-age story is also an onscreen time machine, taking us back to Chicago roller rinks of the '70s, playing Marvin Gaye, wearing Afros -- and polyester
Jul 23, 2004; Chicago in the late 1970s was a far different place -- whether you were black or white, rich or poor, young or old. For quite a...