Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The film also stars Nick Cannon, Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Wesley Jonathan, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith, and Jurnee Smollett.

Roll Bounce
Roll bounce.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMalcolm D. Lee
Produced byTyrone D. Dixon
Dana Reid
Adam Robinson
Jeremiah Samuels
Robert Teitel
George Tillman Jr.
Written byNorman Vance Jr.
StarringBow Wow
Chi McBride
Mike Epps
Wesley Jonathan
Meagan Good
Kellita Smith
Jurnee Smollett
Nick Cannon
Charlie Murphy
Wayne Brady
Music byStanley Clarke
Nile Rodgers
CinematographyJ. Michael Muro
Edited byGeorge Bowers
Paul Millspaugh
State Street Pictures
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23) (Rio)
  • September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[1]
Box office$17.5 million[2]

The name of the film is derived from the 1979 song "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew.


Set in 1978 Chicago, Roll Bounce tells the story of a teenager named Xavier Smith whose mother has died, leaving him with his father, Curtis, and his sister, Sonya. After the local roller rink closes down, Xavier and his friends are forced to skate in the ritzy uptown rink "Sweetwater". Tired of being disrespected by the skate rental distributor, Bernard, and other skaters at Sweetwater, the group enters a roller disco contest. Their biggest rivals are the five-year champion, Sweetness, and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. The film centers on Xavier's training for the competition while trying to work through problems with his father and his pretty childhood friend, Naomi.

In the end, it not only comes down to gaining the respect of others, but also learning to respect themselves and giving roller disco their all.



Roll Bounce received mixed to positive reviews from critics, as it holds a rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews.


The soundtrack features Ray J, R. Kelly, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Brooke Valentine, Fabolous, Michelle Williams, and Shorty Mack.

Roll Bounce: The Album
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
GenreR&B, funk, soul, Disco
LabelSanctuary Urban Records Group

Roll Bounce: The Album was released on September 20, 2005 by Sanctuary Urban Records Group.

1."Boogie Oogie Oogie"Brooke Valentine, Fabolous and Yo-Yo4:08
2."Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"Vaughan Mason & Crew5:29
3."Pure Gold"Earth, Wind & Fire4:01
4."Wishing on a Star"Beyoncé4:08
5."Quit Actin'"Ray J, R. Kelly and Shorty Mack3:58
6."Superman Lover"Johnny "Guitar" Watson5:42
7."Hollywood Swinging"Kool & the Gang and Jamiroquai4:13
8."Let's Stay Together"Michelle Williams3:24
9."Lovely Day"Bill Withers4:13
10."I Wanna Know Your Name"Keith Sweat4:11
11."Get Off"Foxy5:40
12."Le Freak"Chic4:16
Total length:41:09
Other songs in the film include

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Show Category Recipient Result
2006 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Directing Malcolm D. Lee Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting Norman Vance, Jr. Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Brandon T. Jackson Winner
Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Norman Vance, Jr.
Best Ensemble Award Jurnee Smollett Nominated
Best Director Malcolm D. Lee
Best Original Soundtrack N/A

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Box Office Information for Roll Bounce. The Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Roll Bounce (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2009.

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