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Troop Zero (2019)

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In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime.

Directors:

Bert (as Bert & Bertie), Bertie (as Bert & Bertie)

Writer:

Lucy Alibar (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mckenna Grace ... Christmas Flint
Viola Davis ... Miss Rayleen
Jim Gaffigan ... Ramsey Flint
Allison Janney ... Miss Massey
Charlie Shotwell ... Joseph
Milan Ray ... Hell-No Price
Johanna Colón ... Smash
Bella Higginbotham ... Anne-Claire
Mike Epps ... Dwayne Champaign
Ashley Brooke ... Piper Keller
Ash Thapliyal ... Persad
Kai N. Ture ... Ginger (as Kai Turé)
Kenneth Wayne Bradley ... Joseph's Dad
Edi Patterson ... Miss Aimee
Maureen Brennan Maureen Brennan ... Miss Delilah
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Storyline

In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.

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Taglines:

Show the Universe Who You Truly Are

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Troop Zero's bus ride was along the Mandeville Lakefront in Louisiana. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christmas Flint: [looking up at the sky] Last summer momma gave me this flashlight to signal the aliens. She said, of course there's life out there. Now go outside. But now it's just me and y'all. The aliens of the universe. So if you can hear me, I'm Christmas Flint. Human female. I think you'd like me. I think you'd wanna be my friend.
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Crazy Credits

Images from the real golden record being loaded onto the shuttle are shown during the beginning of the credits. See more »

Connections

References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Green Bag
Written by George Baker (as Hans Bouwens) and Jan Gerbrand Visser (as Jan Visser)
Performed by George Baker Selection
Courtesy of EMI Music Netherlands B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sweet, heartwarming and impressively dramatic
20 January 2020 | by themadmoviemanSee all my reviews

A quirky tale of kids aiming high in their scouts' troop, Troop Zero isn't the world's most original film, but that doesn't mean it can't be a delightful watch. Sweet and heartwarming with a dash of inspiring drama throughout, this is a really lovely movie that blends engaging characters with upbeat and pleasant emotion.

While it's never quite on the offbeat or surprisingly touching level of the likes of Moonrise Kingdom, Troop Zero is an impressively likable watch that's appropriate for younger viewers, and just as captivating for adults.

It's not an ode to the nostalgia of childhood as you may expect, but it's a film that really engrosses you in the lives of its characters, from its ambitious young misfits to a handful of surprisingly complex adult characters, particularly in the form of Viola Davis.

In that, Troop Zero isn't just a throwaway, Disney-esque kids' movie, but a genuinely engaging comedy-drama, brought to life with both sobering drama and wonderfully heartwarming emotion, not to mention a collection of great performances.

Viola Davis stars in the lead adult role as the woman who seeks to help a group of children achieve their dreams, but is troubled by failures in her own past. Throughout, Davis does a great job of blending a warm, almost motherly quality with genuine gravitas, and while the film's main focus is squarely on the fates of the children, she proves an enthralling supporting lead throughout.

But the real standout here is young Mckenna Grace, who is an absolute joy as Christmas Flint, the young misfit with dreams of speaking to aliens and travelling to outer space. Not only is she utterly adorable throughout, but also holds her own against legendary actors like Viola Davis in the film's more dramatic moments, impressing with engrossing emotional resonance alongside her boundless lovability.

Add all that together, and Troop Zero is an effortlessly likable film, with pleasant humour and engaging drama across the board. It's not a purely easy-going watch, and impresses with engaging and complex emotion at times throughout.

However, it's a wonderfully sweet, kind-hearted and uplifting tale of big dreams and doing what you love. It may not be the touchingly nostalgic tale to childhood it perhaps could have been, but with charisma, laughs and a big heart all the way through, it's a film that will easily put a big smile on your face.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Luling, Louisiana, USA See more »

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2.39 : 1
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