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I, Tonya

2017 Oscar winner – Best Supporting Actress

This might be the perfect time for a Tonya Harding biopic, some 23 years after the figure skater may have had something to do with smashing the knee of her rival right before the 1994 Winter Olympics. I, Tonya, a raunchy, demented, dark-comic dazzler, gives Tonya (Margot Robbie in her best performance yet) a chance to prove her almost-innocence. 

Poser for the blackly comic true story I, TonyaThe film uses recreated interviews with those closest to the disgraced Olympian: her violent ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan); his idiot cohort, Shawn Eckhardt (Paul Walter Hauser); her purportedly sane skating coach, Diane Rawlinson (Julianne Nicholson); and her demon mother from the hottest spot in Hades, LaVona Golden, played by a dead-solid-perfect Allison Janney as a cross between Marge Simpson and Attila the Hun. Who’s telling the truth? According to Tonya, ‘There’s no such thing as truth – I mean, it’s all bullshit.’

Maybe so. But watching these National Enquirer fugitives mix it up in a rush of sleazoid slapstick will leave your head spinning.The movie cuts deep, holding a mirror up to the class-conscious America most of us tend to ignore or dismiss – and makes us see ourselves reflected in it, too. I, Tonya is funny as hell, but the pain is just as real. You’ll laugh till it hurts.

– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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