I, Tonya

I, Tonya ★★★★

"You're part of a league of morons."
- John Malkovich, Burn After Reading

I, Tonya manages to indulge in both the tragedy and the hilarity of its real life story. Tonya Harding's ascent to stardom hits all the notes of a sincere, inspirational sports story, but it's completely atypical because her toxic attitude and surroundings are so extreme. Even as she tries to escape her abusive husband and mother, there is a team of next-level dipshits ready to royally fuck things up. It's both sad and funny. I give it 10 out of a possible 10 face palm emojis.

It's reminiscent of David O. Russell's latest work in that it's littered with Scorseseisms, which, in both cases, are aptly applied. But it also has a strong identity of its own. Craig Gillespie recreates interviews with the main players, weaves them into the movie, and uses their wildly contrasting testimonies to break the fourth wall. It's creative and high energy. Margot Robbie and Allison Janney are incredible, and Sebastian Stan's portrayal of Scoot McNairy is spot on.

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