It’s already been a big year for the former ladies of SNL. Kristen Wiig delivered a future cult classic with Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (planning my Halloween costume a crisp eight and a half months in advance), the inauguration locked Maya Rudolph into another four years of power suits and “Mamala” jokes, and now, Amy Poehler has released a trailer for her new film in which she can immediately be seen eating a tub of Umpqua mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Moxie, based on the 2017 YA novel by Jennifer Mathieu, will mark Poehler’s second outing as director, after 2019’s Wine Country. (Both, notably, are Netflix productions, though there’s been no announcement of some sort of Ryan Murphy overall deal—let us state for the record that we would much prefer a Poehlerverse to a Murphyverse.) The film centers on Vivian Carter, a 16-year-old who publishes a zine at her school that starts feminist rumblings. Poehler plays Vivian’s former riot grrrl mom (the trailer features a performance of Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl"), and Marcia Gay Harden (in glasses I own?) is her useless principal.
Rumblings on Reddit (and in the Portland Monthly offices) early last year placed production for some sort of unidentified Amy Poehler project in the metro area—Hillsboro and Beaverton specifically. Moxie seems to be that project. That Umpqua tub was an early clue, and the film’s IMDb page credits an Oregon production supervisor, plus Oregon location managers, sound mixers, grips, and an Oregon extras caster.
Moxie hits Netflix on March 3. Consider it a family-friendly lead-in to the Portland International Film Festival, which kicks off two days later. Check out the full trailer below: