Amy Poehler's Netflix Movie 'Moxie' Is a Riot Grrrl Starter Pack

It's not great, but it will introduce some great tunes to a new generation.


Amy Poehler famously played “not a, like, regular mom,” a “cool mom” in Mean Girls. Anyone who can quote that comedy by heart-which is a lot of people-knows that her character was not actually cool. She was a budding Kris Kardashian wannabe in a Juicy sweatsuit. But in Poehler’s new Netflix movie Moxie, Poehler plays an actually cool mom, who introduces her daughter to riot grrrl and changes her life. Moxie is by no means a perfect movie, but, hey, if it gets a generation of casual Netflix viewers into Bikini Kill, well, that’s a net positive.

Based on a novel by Jennifer Mathieu, Moxie follows Vivian (Hadley Robinson), a quiet teen, who, upon seeing the gender-based injustices going down at her school, decides to start a zine inspired by her mom’s collection of relics from the ’90s. After surreptitiously placing her photocopied creation in the girls’ bathroom, Vivian starts a movement aimed at stopping the rampant harassment on campus led by football star (Patrick Schwarzenegger). Along the way, she has a falling out with her best friend (former Terrace House: Aloha State member Lauren Tsai) and starts dating a cute, supportive boy (Nico Hiraga).

Moxie is ultimately admirable, but flawed. Its nods to intersectionality feel perfunctory, especially given the fact that its narrative centres on a white, cisgender girl. It’s got a great cast of supporting performers, including two veterans from the surprisingly great Saved by the Bell reboot-Alycia Pascual-Peña and Josie Totah-but they aren’t given as much to do as they deserve. This isn’t to say that Moxie doesn’t build to a stirring finale that, I’ll admit, had me weeping, but it’s all just a little thin.

The same goes for its approach to riot grrrl itself. The Bikini Kill songs that are featured aren’t exactly deep cuts-“Rebel Girl” gets the most airtime-but fingers crossed the mere allusions to Kathleen Hanna and her ilk will inspire at least some newbies to dig deeper. Netflix would have done well to license The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson’s 2013 documentary about Hanna, as a companion piece, but interested parties are going to have to click over to rent it on another service.

The rest of the soundtrack is filled with a mix of old and new female-fronted tracks. Hanna’s later band The Julie Ruin makes an appearance. Princess Nokia’s “Kitana” scores a key scene. There’s a great Lucy Daucus cover of “La Vie En Rose,” and an even cooler cover of “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors from A Giant Dog. But the biggest revelation is a band that actually has a cameo on screen: The Linda Lindas, a group of four teen and tween rockers who have been anointed by Hanna herself. They perform “Rebel Girl” at a Moxie rally, and also do a version of The Muffs’ “Big Mouth.” Turns out these girls actually opened for Bikini Kill during an LA stop on their most recent tour. Basically, they rule.

Part of me wishes that Poehler had made an entire movie about The Linda Lindas in the spirit of, say, the awesome Swedish film We Are the Best! The plot of Moxie falls into too many YA tropes to truly embody riot grrrl, but for some kid out there, it might be a nice starter pack to a whole new scene.

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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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