Moxie: Amy Poehler to direct Netflix’s new coming-of-age film
According to The Wrap, Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) has signed on to helm Netflix‘s forthcoming coming-of-age film titled Moxie. The new movie centers around a fierce teenage girl who starts a feminist revolution in protest of her High school’s ridiculous sexist rules and disrespectful male schoolmates. Based on Jennifer Mathieu’s novel of the same name, the film adaptation’s screenplay will be penned by Tamara Chestna.
Moxie follows the story of a 16 year old teenage girl named Vivian Carter, who gets fed up with her high school’s sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, catcalls from guys during class, and the school administration constantly praising the football team as if they can do no wrong. When Viv discovers that her mom was part of a punk rock band called Riot Grrl in the 90s, she gets inspired and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to girls in her school. Soon, girls from different cliques and popularity rankings have started to respond, leading Viv to head a girl revolution.
Riot Grrl is an underground feminist movement that happened between the late 80s and 90s which combines feminism with punk-style rock music. Bands that associated with the movement often address issues concerning sexuality, domestic abuse, racism, and patriarchy.
Poehler will helm the project through her Paper Kite banner which had successfully acquired the novel last year. This film will also mark Poehler and Netflix’s third collaboration, whom have worked together in the comedy drama series Russian Doll which had a successful series debut last February 1. Poehler’s directorial debut film Wine Country is set to premiere on May 10 at Netflix. She will also star in the upcoming comedy film along with Maya Rudolph, Maya Erskine, Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and more.