- 1 hr 52 min
Launched in September of 2005, Roll Bounce is an American comedy and drama film about a group of friends and their passion for roller skating. The storyline is written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm Lee. Roll Bounce stars Bow Wow, Meagan Good, Wesley Jonathan, Chi McBride, and Jurnee Smollett. The film runs for approximately 112 minutes. A production budget of $10 million was used while the film grossed nearly $18 million. The cast includes Bow Wow who plays as Xavier "X" Smith, Brandon Jackson as Junior, Chi McBride as Curtis Smith, Meagan Good as Naomi Phillips, and Wesley Jonathan as Sweetness. Several supporting and minor roles are also seen in the movie including appearances by Paul Wesley, Rick Gonzales, Nick Cannon, Charlie Murphy, and Wayne Brady. The plot is set in late 70s in Chicago where a boy named Xavier struggles to cope with the death of his mother. He is left with his father, Curtis, and his sister, Sonya. When a nearby roller rink gets shut off, X and his friends resort to skating in the chic uptown skating rink named Sweet Water. Yet because they are newcomers, X and his friends get disrespected and humiliated by the skating equipment rental manager and the other skaters at the said rink. Tired of being trifled with by the other skaters, X and his friends decide to enter a roller disco competition. They meet their fiercest competitions, Sweetness and his crew who has been champion for 5 consecutive years. To fight and beat the Sweet Water Rollers, X and his friends train hard for the upcoming contest while try to balance personal issues with his father and his beautiful childhood acquaintance, Naomi. At the end of the movie, X and his friends not only work hard to earn respect from fellow skaters, but also discover self-respect and passion for roller disco in the process.