Josie (Ayo Edebiri) and PJ (Rachel Sennot) are two dorky teens who start a "fight club" in disguise of an after school self defense club in order to hit on other girls.
I have to admit, even though I LIVE for anything Ayo Edebiri does, I was hesitant on this. For one, the two lead actors cannot pass for high schoolers, even though I can see why they would want to act in something Sennot wrote. But I've been in a theater drought lately and needed a laugh.
I'm glad I put that aside, because Bottoms was far more of a parody of high school films than I was expecting. It made the casting make a lot more sense. And our two leads are hilarious. After seeing Nicholas Galitzine in Red, White, and Royal Blue, it was fun to see him here as football star Jeff. Real football star Marshawn Lynch playing their preoccupied teacher and club advisor Mr. G was another treat.
There's plenty of laughs here, and a lot more blood than you'd expect. It still falls victim to a lot of overused tropes, but again, that's kind of the point. Director Emma Seligman does a great job, even though her editor is clearly working against her because there's more than one scene where Sennot's dialogue does not match up with the way her mouth is moving. Insane to catch that multiple times.
If you're in need of a laugh, Bottoms has you covered.