A fictional “Welcome to Amherst” sign can be seen just 18 seconds into the new red band trailer for “The Bronze,” the dark comedy filmed last summer in spots across town.
The shot shows a car zooming down North Lake Street with the Lorain County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the background. The Amherst police station is just off-camera.
There are other easily-identifiable parts of our city in the one minute, 20-second trailer.
But be warned before watching: It’s laced with profanity (a lot of it!) and some sexual language.
“The Bronze” is the story of a world gymnastic medalist who returns to her small hometown and faces her future, taking the sport’s newest, cutest sensation under her wing.
“She was the biggest star of the 2004 games. But when the competition ends, where do you go?” asks the trailer by Sony Pictures Classics, showing star Melissa Rauch in a role much more sour than her sacharine sweet Bernadette on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”
A brief exchange of the trailer’s sour dialog is shown from inside the wood-panelled walls of the Quarry Cafe.
The restaurant’s sign is clearly showing in reverse behind characters with Park Avenue beyond.
Yet another part of Amherst can be scene in an establishing shot of the rear of a blue-and-white-sided Brandt Avenue home, ostensibly where Rauch’s character lives in the film.
After release schedule delays due to the bankruptcy of Relativity Media — including cancellation of an Oct. 16 opening — “The Bronze” is now slated for a March 11 release, according to the Internet Movie Database.
The site gives no indication how wide a theatrical release the comedy might find.
At present, IMDB has the movie rated at 5.9 out of 10 stars based on early feedback by critics.
And there’s also no MPAA rating to date, but we’re sure it will be R based on the buzz out of the Sundance Film Festival, where “The Bronze” debuted this past January.
Critics there called the film “filthy fun.”
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.