Amy Poehler directs the feature-length film

Moxie is scheduled to be released on Netflix globally on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.


Moxie is an upcoming Netflix Original comedy movie, directed by Amy Poehler and based on the novel of the same name by Texas author Jennifer Mathieu. The story was adapted into a screenplay by Tamara Chestna. Moxie is scheduled to be released on Netflix globally on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.


Moxie tells the story of Vivian (who is played by Hadley Robinson), a girl from a small town who is inspired by her mother’s rebellious past and starts a feminist revolution at her Texas high school.


“Dutiful” Vivian is a junior at East Rockport High. She’s a “nice, normal” girl who tries to stay out of the spotlight, enduring another school year “like a long stretch of highway.” Vivian’s mom, Lisa, keeps a shoebox on the top shelf of her closet labeled “My Misspent Youth,” filled with old zines and photos of her Riot Grrrl days, punked-out in baby-doll dresses with combat boots, half her head shaved, “Riots not diets” inked down one arm. Lisa is a nurse now and wears lavender scrubs covered in butterflies, but when Vivian is upset, Lisa’s mementos of her youth comfort Vivian, even if she doesn’t yet understand why.


One day a boy interrupts a girl voicing her opinion in class one time too many with “Make me a sandwich” and something in Vivian ignites. She’s had enough of the humiliating dress code checks (while the boys wear T-shirts with “Great Legs—When Do They Open?” printed on them), the “bump ’n’ grab” in the hallways (the girls should take this assault and battery as “a compliment”), East Rockport’s “Most Fuckable” bracket posted online. Faced with inaction from the administration, Vivian creates Moxie, a zine for girls to educate, exhort, and inspire. Eventually threatened with suspension and expulsion, Vivian starts a movement that both scares and excites her.


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The following cast members have been confirmed to star in Moxie: Marcia Gay Harden, Hadley Robinson, Clark Gregg, Lauren Tsai, Sydney Park, Josephine Langford, Josie Totah, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Ike Barinholtz. Filming was carried out in late 2019 in Los Angeles. Production has been handled by Poehler’s Paper Kite, the same studio behind Russian Doll.


Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted, Afterward, The Liars of Mariposa Island, and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Teen Debut Author Award. Her 2017 novel Moxie is being developed into a film by Amy Poehler for Netflix. Jennifer teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.