Much like Netflix, Amazon has become one of the biggest buyers of projects that come out of the annual film festival circuit. And one of those purchases from this year, “Troop Zero,” is finally making its way to the streaming service in early 2020.
“Troop Zero,” as the new trailer shows, is about a young girl that dreams of the stars in 1977. After being blackballed by a local Birdie Scout group, the young girl decides to venture out on her own and create her own group of friends that can help her achieve her dreams. It’s a fun, eccentric fairy tale of a film that hopes to pull on your heartstrings.
In our review, we said, “‘Troop Zero’ deserves a merit badge, most certainly, but it’s overly concerned with homages and owes a fair share of its success to old-fashioned formula, which prevents Bert & Bertie’s film from being a complete success.”
The film stars Viola Davis, Mckenna Grace, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, and Allison Janney. “Troop Zero” is directed by the up-and-coming duo of Bert & Bertie, based on a script by Lucy Alibar.
“Troop Zero” arrives on Amazon Prime Video on January 17, 2020.
Here’s the (incredibly long) synopsis:
In a tiny Georgia town in 1977, a motherless girl dreams of life beyond the confines of her trailer-park home in Troop Zero. When her quest for connection leads her to reach for the stars in a competition to be included on NASA’s landmark Golden Record, it becomes clear she will have to depend on some new friends to take her the last mile.
Every night, Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace) sits under a starry sky with a flashlight, signaling to extraterrestrial visitors that never arrive. Sensitive, imaginative and deeply lonely, Christmas and her equally eccentric best friend Joseph are the ultimate misfits in their rural hometown of Wiggly, Georgia. When Christmas learns that the winners of the annual Birdie Scout Jamboree talent contest will be included on a recording to be sent into space for posterity, her mission in life becomes to join the Scouts and win Jamboree.
When she is blackballed by the snobbish local Birdie Scout troop and their uptight leader Miss Massey (Allison Janney), Christmas rallies a group of elementary-school outliers to start their own chapter. With grudging help from her dad’s irascible office manager, Miss Rayleen (Viola Davis), Christmas and her crew have to bypass every roadblock Miss Massey can find in the fine print of the Birdie bylaws in order to reach the Jamboree and their chance at immortality.
From Christmas’ solitary late-night vigils to a final show-stopping musical performance, Troop Zero is an endearing and magical tale set against a backdrop of beloved hits of the ’70s, as Christmas forges friendships that will change her life and help her find a real family.