Bottoms, dir. Emma Seligman, with Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri

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Stone cold instaclassic; the Mean Girls of its time only even more outrageous/great, honestly. Funny as fuck, over the top and perfectly buried jokes all over the place, some amazing payoffs, Sennott and Edebiri carry aperfect chemistry, ensemble cast really perfect (great to see Ruby Cruz again), Seligman directs the cowrite with Sennott just so, and everyone involved knows exactly what they're doing. See it immediately.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 August 2023 01:30 (seven months ago) link

just watched the preview, i'm in

oatly carmichael (m bison), Friday, 25 August 2023 01:34 (seven months ago) link

Oh and also a crisp hour and a half runtime, not a moment wasted either. (There's some end credit footage with alternate takes so looks like there was a lot of improv at work around the basic setup; handled damn well.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 August 2023 04:13 (seven months ago) link

Can't go wrong with Rachel Sennott, and Ayo Edebiri is on a roll.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 August 2023 04:15 (seven months ago) link

Yeah kinda insane summer for Ms E -- besides this and The Bear she was also great in the new TMNT movie, three totally different roles.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 August 2023 04:19 (seven months ago) link

yeah, saw this last week, fun movie

Seligman's debut, Shiva Baby, is pretty great too

Murgatroid, Friday, 25 August 2023 04:29 (seven months ago) link

just saw the trailer, and oh good gravy i'm in. marshawn lynch!

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 25 August 2023 04:54 (seven months ago) link

love both Sennott and Edebiri so I'm in as well!

I can't turn a fart into a question (Neanderthal), Friday, 25 August 2023 04:55 (seven months ago) link

the Mean Girls of its time only even more outrageous/great

zero probability the second part of this is true

flopson, Friday, 25 August 2023 06:12 (seven months ago) link

You’ll find out for yourself!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 August 2023 10:56 (seven months ago) link

Oh good, I'd really been looking forward to this (and hoping it was as good as the trailer suggested).

Flopson, are you generally a "we live in fallen times" guy?

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 25 August 2023 11:27 (seven months ago) link

hardly be as good as booksmart tho?

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Friday, 25 August 2023 12:53 (seven months ago) link

I remember early in the covid pandemic, I saw Marshawn Lynch driving a miniature car around Lake Merritt and handing out masks to random strangers... he was alone and apparently it was his birthday.
Dude's a freak in the best way

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 25 August 2023 16:44 (seven months ago) link

Flopson, are you generally a "we live in fallen times" guy?

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shiva baby was terrible, and none of the jokes in the trailer for this were funny. i'm not even that much of a hater tbh; rachel sennot is super funny and talented. but i'm personally going in with low expectations

flopson, Friday, 25 August 2023 20:00 (seven months ago) link

they played a preview for some Carlos Santana thing right before this started, that was weird

soup of magpies (geoffreyess), Sunday, 3 September 2023 02:47 (seven months ago) link

this was excellent

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Sunday, 3 September 2023 02:48 (seven months ago) link

this movie is actually funny enough that it forgives all of the messy plot issues like the fact that the motivation for the big ending doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and also it's not clear who Punkie Johnson's character is at all, but she was great.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Sunday, 3 September 2023 23:52 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

So, this was like a sketch comedy team improvising a cross between "Booksmart" and "Heathers." Wish it was funnier, but I was not expecting it to be so gleefully strange.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 02:15 (six months ago) link

this movie fuckin owns

oatly carmichael (m bison), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 02:37 (six months ago) link

i loved this, marshawn was a surprise and a genuine delight

sknybrg, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 03:03 (six months ago) link

Supremely unfunny. Not for me, obviously.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 09:41 (six months ago) link

I didn't think too much of the foreground was particularly funny, but a lot of stuff in the background made me chuckle. Posters, things on the chalkboard, the fact that the mascot literally has visible genitals ...

I was shocked to learn that this reportedly cost twice as much to make as "Booksmart." That's baffling to me, since this seemed significantly cheaper, even by small-scale standards.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 12:08 (six months ago) link

I have realised that "extremely ambitious and strange comedy that isn't actually at all funny" is a good description of at least 50%;of my favourite things, so maybe I should check this out?

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 12:28 (six months ago) link

bewildered by people who didn't find this funny!

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 13:27 (six months ago) link

I call that the Wet Hot American Summer syndrome

50 Best Fellas (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 13:31 (six months ago) link

oh possibly. I didn't find that very funny myself

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 13:31 (six months ago) link

Can't think of a comedy I love that someone else in my life doesn't think is wholly without laughs

50 Best Fellas (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 13:38 (six months ago) link

Airplane?

I call that the Wet Hot American Summer syndrome

Ha, yeah, I don't think Wet Hot is funny, aside from the Paul Rudd meltdown scene. I also know some people that swear by Super Troopers or Brain Candy, but not me.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 13:49 (six months ago) link

Wait, is this funny like WHAS or actually funny?

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:18 (six months ago) link

You should avoid

50 Best Fellas (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:28 (six months ago) link

it is actually funny, unlike WHAS

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:40 (six months ago) link

they're both funny, wtf

ivy., Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:44 (six months ago) link

this movie def had a lot of overdriven/extended improv that either got funnier as it went (e.g. marshawn lynch) or didn't, it's not my favorite thing that comedies do these days

ayo edebiri is hilarious tho, making anything funny by virtue of how she delivers it

ivy., Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:46 (six months ago) link

Oh, the leads (incl. Lynch) are great. But I do think I maybe laughed more during the outtakes than the film itself.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:52 (six months ago) link

blooper reel during the end credits did have some prime jokes i wish were in the film proper (even though they technically are), "you look like you know how to yodel" is funnier to me than "you look like a little dutch boy"

ivy., Wednesday, 27 September 2023 15:53 (six months ago) link

Quality deez nuts joke, too.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 16:04 (six months ago) link

To clear it up, WHAS is hysterically funny, and BOTTOMS is pretty funny

50 Best Fellas (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 16:39 (six months ago) link

I laughed a lot with Bottoms, but I'm sure it'd be more up my alley if it were more written and less improv'ed.

not the one who's tryin' to dub your anime (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 17:54 (six months ago) link

How does the saying go, composition is just really slow improvisation?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 17:57 (six months ago) link

I accept that I have received the full range of answers to my question.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 27 September 2023 19:40 (six months ago) link

"it's called quartering!"
"i KNOW!"

i liked this better than heathers as far as surreally violent hs comedies go, but i am not really a heathers fan. it's pretty good.

circles, Thursday, 28 September 2023 05:55 (six months ago) link

I saw about half an hour of this a few nights ago. I was quite hating it, so when there were a couple of technical glitches--about 5-7 minutes of a black screen (the audio continued)--I took that as an opportunity to get a rain check. I won't even get into what happened after that. Anyway, can't imagine I'll ever go back to it. Not for me.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 October 2023 06:39 (six months ago) link

I admit I'm confused by "what happened after that", as my reading of previous sentence is that your engagement with the film ended at 'that'?

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 8 October 2023 12:00 (six months ago) link

Short version: I got into a heated argument with the guy working there whether or not I was entitled to a rain check (the concept of which I had to explain to him).

clemenza, Sunday, 8 October 2023 16:50 (six months ago) link

Huh, I don't think I've ever heard of it (as a free ticket - I've known it "let's just bail")

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 8 October 2023 16:56 (six months ago) link

I liked this a lot. the directing was…a bit amateurish, and I don’t think the screenplay will be winning any awards, but I thought the cast was great, and overall it was a charming and breezy 90 minutes. probably more in the NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE lineage than DAZED AND CONFUSED or something, but it seems like it’ll hold up to repeat viewings

k3vin k., Sunday, 8 October 2023 17:00 (six months ago) link

also thought that the gender/movement politics were pretty clever given how flimsy the story was in general. and the costumes!!

k3vin k., Sunday, 8 October 2023 17:13 (six months ago) link

Andrew: a rain check--I think you're British, right? it might be a North American term--means you're not asking for a refund, just a ticket to another film in lieu of the one you're bailing on. Which I thought was fair, seeing as the screen had been black or about 25% of the first hour.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 October 2023 17:59 (six months ago) link

Irish, but I've been exposed to a lot of US media over the years - and I've heard rain check a lot, just in its (secondary, I now find out) meaning of "let's not do that now, but let's do that later"

Andrew Farrell, Sunday, 8 October 2023 18:57 (six months ago) link

“Rain Check” originated when punters at a baseball game that was rained out would be given a free ticket for another game.

deep wubs and tribral rhythms (Boring, Maryland), Sunday, 8 October 2023 19:14 (six months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Really enjoyed this yesterday. I think it made a difference that I saw it at the cinema amongst an appreciative audience.

I didn't find the script as sharp as Shiva Baby, and the directing looks maybe intentionally amateurish (?) though perhaps well-suited for the genre being satirised, but all of the performances are great. I particularly love Rachel Sennott's facial expressions.

Dr Drudge (Bob Six), Sunday, 5 November 2023 13:49 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

people hating this movie are wild. an absolute dumb delight.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 9 March 2024 08:19 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Kino releasing Bottoms on Blu-ray

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?p=22007788

I wonder if this is a harbinger of how niche Studio Indies go to disc in this late-stage physical media market...

Works for me! Kino is just as great as Criterion at its best when it comes to prep and presentation (the Columbo botch being a notable exception)

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 31 March 2024 16:07 (three weeks ago) link


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