“Bottoms” a Piece of Gold in an Ocean of Mediocrity

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Arriving into theaters this September, “Bottoms” directed by Emma Seligman is a hilarious, over the top R rated comedy and one of the funniest movies released in years.

The movie follows two unpopular girls, PJ (Rachel Sennot) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri), as they start a high school women’s fight club to get the chance to sleep with someone before they graduate. They soon learn that the popular kids will do anything to get the club disbanded, so they can stay at the top of the food chain.

“Bottoms” harkins back to the highschool adult comedies of the early 2000’s, such as “SuperBad” and “American Pie”. The comedy is nothing you haven’t seen before, but it differentiates itself enough with its premise of following two lesbian main characters that it stands out on its own. It also leans much more into absurdism and surrealism than its early 2000’s counterparts. 

Although the comedy is absurd the story feels a lot more grounded than you’d think and finds a way to push past the absurdism with a tender message about growing up and growing as a person. It has many moments where the laughs subside for a scene or two and display the amazing dramatic performances of the cast.

The entire cast is very kinetic and bounce off of each other amazingly. Every actor balanced the surrealism and realism of their performances in the quick 92 minute runtime to create a great movie.

Wading through an ocean of mediocrity is never easy, but “Bottoms” has done it and risen above most theatrical comedies. With great performances, a funny story, and amazing LGBTQ+ representation, it is a no brainer to watch this when you get the chance.

Directed by Emma Seligman

Starring: Ayo Edebiri, Rachel Sennot, Ruby Cruz, Havana Rose Liu, Kaia Jordan Gerber, Nicholas Galitzine, Mile Fowler, Marshawn Lynch

Rated R

My Rating: ★★★★½

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