mockumentary – I, Tonya

I finally saw the 2017 film I, Tonya.

… Watched it on my phone via the WestJet entertainment app. 

It follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The film states that it is based on “contradictory” and “true” interviews with Tonya Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, suggesting they are unreliable narrators. …

Allison Janney is fantastic as Harding’s foul mouthed, tough love mother LaVona Golden.  She won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards.

Margot Robbie  is possibly even better as Tonya Harding. Though she trained to skate for 4 months, Heidi Munger and Anna Malkova served as skating doubles. 

The true story is so weird and unbelievable that it made a terrific film. A poor white trash girl rose to become the best skater in the world (at one point) in an elitist culture that hated everything about her aside from triple Axels.

Shawn Eckardt (who claims he’s Tonya’s “bodyguard”) was better than any fictional character.

The real life abusive husband Gillooly refused to take any money from the film’s producers … trying to take responsibility for the attack.

It sounds like Nancy Kerrigan has never watched the mockumentary.

 

 

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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