Writers Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly brought a unique comedic story with Golden Arm centered on a little celebrated sport—female arm wrestling.
There hasn’t been a good arm-wrestling film since Sylvester Stallone’s arm-wrestling drama Over the Top in 1987. In this film, it blends plenty of humor and sports action by merging the worlds of arm-wrestling and colorful costume drama that usually presents in WWE and UFC-type of stories.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Imagine a world where women are beautiful badass beings who know how to fight and win. They arm wrestle for money. And they love it! This is not a world familiar to our hero Melanie. When we open the film, Melanie is living in a small town in Kansas working as a baker. She’s just got out of a horrible marriage. Straddled with debt and self-doubt, her confidence is in the dumpster, right next to yesterday’s scones. When she’s forced to close her bakery, she seeks help from her best friend and local arm wrestling champ Danny.
After Melanie wins an impromptu arm wrestling match at a local truck stop, Danny convinces her to train for the Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship and its prize of $15,000. Reluctant, Melanie meets up with Big Sexy, the legendary ladies’ arm-wrestling coach. After getting “broken” of her nice girl ways, Melanie heads to Oklahoma to compete in the tournament and face off with Brenda “the Bonecrusher” Smith, the reigning champ, and Danny’s arch-nemesis.
Can Melanie toughen up enough to climb the leaderboard and beat Brenda? Maybe, with a little help from her new arm wrestling friends, a hot guy named Greg, and a smidge of belief in her own potential. It just might be possible to achieve the success she never dared to dream of and beat down the competition in the process.
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The cast includes Mary Holland, Betsy Sodaro, Olivia Stambouliah, Eugene Cordero, Aparna Nancheria, Dawn Luebbe, Ron Funches, Ahmed Bharoocha with Dot-Marie Jones, and Kate Flannery. Maureen Bharoocha directed the movie from the script written by Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly.
LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with the writers Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly on the origination of the story and many things about arm-wrestling.
Golden Arm is in theaters and available digitally starting tomorrow, April 30.
Watch the exclusive interview with Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly below. Let us know what you think.