Bottoms

September 1, 202370/1006 min
B_01608_R Ayo Edebiri stars as Josie and Rachel Sennott as PJ in BOTTOMS An Orion Pictures Release Photo credit: Patti Perret © 2023 Orion Releasing LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Starring
Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri, Ruby Cruz, Dagmara Dominczyk
Written by
Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott
Directed by
Emma Seligman
Run Time
1h 32min
Release Date
Overall Score
Rating Summary

        Every decade or so, I think students deserve their own high school movie, you know the one that is just so relatable for them. The movie that did it for me was The Breakfast Club, which made so many high school kids in the 80’s feel seen, while also giving us a soundtrack to our lives. I am not going to even try and figure out what makes this generation of high school kids feel the way they do, but if I was that age now, I feel like Bottoms would be that movie for me.

PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri) are what most would describe as the bottom of the food chain in high school. This year though is gonna different, and PJ in particular is ready to get the attention of her crush. Things though don’t go as planned, but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. PJ comes up with an idea that she thinks will make her, and Josie popular with the girls of the school. Using a bogus assault as a reason, PJ and Josie start a fight club for girls, seeing it as a good way for them to get laid. Right away though things go differently then expected, as bonding begins between not only the girls, but also the teacher (Marshawn Lynch) who has signed off on the club. Soon they are not just beating each other up, or listening to their problems, they even take revenge on one of the girl’s ex’s that gets quite explosive. Part of the appeal of the club comes from the lies that PJ and Josie tell, about being in juvie and the things they had to do while in there. When that lie is exposed, things fall apart quickly, but a classic high school rivalry that only comes around every so often, might be enough to bring it all together again.

Bottoms is the second collaboration between writer/director Emma Seligman and star Rachel Sennott, who teamed up with the jewel that is Shiva Baby from 2020. This time not only does Sennott star, but also co-writes the screenplay, which combines both of their unique styles. Bottoms feel like that raunchy version of a teen comedy, such as Porky’s or American Pie, but then it starts to lean hard into its strangeness, and taking the film to another level. Part of that uniqueness is Seligman’s ability to take absurdity and heighten it in new and interesting ways. Like the football team never taking their full uniforms off while in or out of school. It is jokes like that, that make the film feel like it is full of original and vibrant energy which gives the movie a confidence in itself that is hard to come by.

Bottoms simply just slays when it comes to comedy, as Sennott and Edebiri are a legitimate force of humor every second they are on screen. They create insanity and then comment on it in a hilarious way. This movie earns every bit of its humor and fires it at a steady pace, giving you very few moments where you are not laughing. Putting this movie in a nutshell, as a the “girl high school fight club movie”, is not wise, as it is not just a goofy comedy with nothing to say. This is destined to be a voice for a group of people who feel like they don’t have one and a cult classic in the making, but most of all it’s a movie for the now and one you should see with as many people as possible.

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