I, Tonya


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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

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  1. Sorry for the delayed comment, but I have been meaning to say how much I enjoyed this movie. I clearly remember the big story it was when Nancy Kerrigan got hit on the knees, and the even bigger story it became when the Tonya Harding connection came out. I was living in Japan at the time, and regularly watched CNN, and it seemed like that was all that CNN was covering – to the point that I became very tired of it all. So I was pleasantly surprised at how compelling that I found this movie. Allison Janney was great and I am glad that she got the Oscar – she is not your typical Hollywood star, and has had a varied and interesting career, so I was glad to see someone like her get the recognition.

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