The makers of the Tonya Harding biopic/dark comedy, I, Tonya, want to have it both ways: they want us to sympathize with these characters while laughing at them. They’re mostly successful, and I did enjoy the film. The soundtrack, featuring music from the 1980s and ’90s, was a nostalgia-trip bonus. Allison Janney won several awards, including the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, for her portrayal of Tonya’s hard-as-nails mother, LaVona. She does an excellent job, but the part doesn’t require that much of her, other than being a world-class meanie. It’s mostly a one-note performance. (Frances McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as another world-class meanie in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Is there something about our national zeitgeist that has us loving women who curse like sailors and take no prisoners?)
Tonya Harding: I was loved for a minute, then I was hated. Then I was just a punch line.
— I, Tonya