Directed by Craig Gillespie. US. 2017. R. 1 hour 59 minutes. Neon Rated. Digital.
Fri., January 26, 2018 thru Thu., February 22, 2018
Based on unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy has forever been defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived and worse-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
“Craig Gillespie’s take on Tonya’s story, the hilarious and gut-punching I, Tonya, is a nearly pitch-perfect black comedy that distills the sensational story into two potent insights very relevant to 2017. It’s a movie about class, and it’s a movie about the nature of truth. And somehow it’s also a supremely entertaining sports movie.” – Alissa Wilkinson (Vox)
“And though the physical abuse Harding endures leaves an ugly bruise on its high-camp ’90s nostalgia, there’s something genuinely electric about the narrative’s headlong tumble into madness. The skating scenes, too, are thrilling, but Robbie is the real revelation. In a performance that goes far beyond bad perms and tabloid punchlines, she’s a powerhouse: a scrappy, defiant subversion of the American dream. You won’t just find yourself rooting for this crazy kid; you might even fall a little bit in love.” – Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment Weekly)
Access reviews at Metacritic.
Psycho “Analyzing” the Wild History of Tonya Harding – One of the Biggest Scandals in Sports
Join us immediately after the 4PM screening on Sun, Feb 11 for a lively and engaging talk and Q&A with Dr. Eric Zillmer. If you have already seen I, Tonya, you are welcome to join us for the talk and Q&A after the film‘s conclusion at approximately 6PM.
About the Speaker
Dr. Eric A. Zillmer is the Director of Athletics, the Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Drexel University. Zillmer grew up in an international Olympic Figure Skating family. His Austrian mother Madeleine, a world-class figure skater herself, coached his sister, three-time German Champion Bibi Zillmer, at the 1968 Grenoble, Olympics. Zillmer teaches sports psychology at Drexel University and is the founder of the Sports Management program. He currently serves on the NCAA Olympic Liaison Committee. Drexel Athletics is NCAA Division I program and a recognized national leader in Title IX gender equity and student-athlete academic success. Zillmer’s academic work in sports psychology and the psychology of terrorism has been translated into many languages and he is a frequent contributor to the popular media.
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