Movie Bottoms Review
Movie Bottoms is a raunchy, smartly lean high school romp from director Emma Seligman and co-writer Rachel Sennott. Starring Ayo Edebiri, the film brings a new perspective to female teen comedy.
PJ and Josie are two libidinous lesbian dweebs who start an after-school fight club under the auspices of sisterhood, when really they just want to fuck the cheerleaders.
PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri) are two best friends at a prestigious all-girls high school. PJ is a nerd and Josie is a sexy girl. But when PJ finds out that Josie has a crush on her best friend Isabel (Marshawn Lynch) and Josie finds out that Isabel is dating her boyfriend Jeff (Nicholas Galitzine), PJ and Josie are forced to team up to prevent Isabel from cheating on them.
Director Emma Seligman says she wanted to bring back over-the-top high school movies with a queer twist. She succeeded with Bottoms, a hilarious raunchy comedy that will delight those who love its headliners and the genre.
Seligman’s chemistry between her stars PJ and Josie is infectious. She lets them bicker, lie and occasionally punch each other like childhood best friends and allows them to shine individually as well. She also gives them room to chew the scenery and it is clear that everyone on set is having a blast with their roles.
The supporting cast is also solid, especially Marshawn Lynch, a big-screen natural as the school’s history teacher and ally of Josie and PJ. He’s a perfect foil to the girls as he deftly delivers his lines about putting the football team ahead of the women’s self-defense club and lusting after the cheerleaders.
Bottoms is a surprisingly smart teen comedy that takes pride in its feminist and feminist message while being fully aware of how silly it is. It tackles themes like hyper-masculinity, allyship and violence against women with grace and wit. It’s not necessarily empowering to see lusty women act like luscious, manipulative, lying creeps but it is refreshing to see character archetypes normally reserved for straight dudes be played by female actresses and characters.
But will they be able to save their friendship?
The movie is funny and raunchy, but also has a more serious side. It depicts the way that small towns can still be stuck in outdated attitudes. It points out how these attitudes affect the lives of the people living there. It also shows how it is possible to be both a nerd and a sexy girl.
The acting is great in this movie. Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri both deliver outstanding performances. They are able to portray their characters’ different personalities very well. They are able to make their characters likable, even though they are a bit over the top at times.
In addition to the great acting, the movie has a great sense of humor. It is a refreshingly unique and raunchy queer comedy. It also has a lot of memorable lines that are ready-made to repeat with friends. It is definitely a movie that will be enjoyed by both straight and gay audiences alike.
Overall, Bottoms is a hilarious and raunchy film that is sure to please audiences of all ages. It is a must-see for anyone who loves teen comedies. It is a sideways heir to classics like Heathers and But I’m a Cheerleader. With a talented cast, an entertaining plot, and a hilarious script, this movie is sure to be a hit.
Will PJ and Josie be able to save themselves?
PJ and Josie’s self-defense sessions are a blast of chaotic, overstimulating fun. They reenact some of the best scream laughing moments from movies like Scream and Movie 43, but they also drop into more serious moments that have real impact. In one, for example, the girls discuss their own experiences with harassment and violence. Josie describes her time in juvie and how she has had a stalker, while another girl, Sylvie, exclaims she looks forward to killing her stepfather.
Despite all of their wild schemes, the girls still find themselves social outcasts. In an attempt to find a group of girlfriends, they convince their teacher Mr. G (Marshawn Lynch), who’s going through his own marital crisis, to take their ill-advised club seriously.
Bottoms is a comedy that knows how to have its cake and eat it too. It takes Gen Z vibes and mixes them with the growth-through-conflict mindset from hyper-masculine films of the 90s. The result is a movie that’s surprisingly touching and a lot of fun to watch. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t stick to a consistent tone as much as it could. Its breakneck pace works against it at times, and some of the jokes get lost in the shuffle. But if you can look past that, it’s an instant lesbian classic.