Support the Girls
|Support the Girls|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Bujalski|
|Written by||Andrew Bujalski|
|Edited by||Karen Skloss|
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
Support the Girls is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. It stars Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, James LeGros, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Shayna McHayle, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer, and Brooklyn Decker.
The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018, and was theatrically released on August 24, 2018, by Magnolia Pictures. It received positive reviews from critics, with Hall's performance earning particular praise. Hall earned nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Independent Film Awards and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, the first African-American to win the award.
Lisa is the general manager of the sports bar and breastaurant Double Whammies. She takes her job seriously, protecting her employees from inappropriate or rude interactions with customers. Despite her commitment to the restaurant, her incompetent boss, Cubby, has repeatedly threatened to fire her, and his ire is provoked when Lisa has her employees host an off-the-books car wash to raise money for an employee, Shaina, who has hit her abusive boyfriend with her car and is staying at Lisa's house.
Despite Lisa's optimism, the course of the day proves challenging for her: she has potential new employees to try out; an attempted robbery results in a man stuck in a ventilation duct; one of her most trusted employees, Maci, turns out to be secretly dating a much older patron; another, Danyelle, is a single mother struggling with child care for her son; another gets a large tattoo of Steph Curry on her midsection despite tattoos being forbidden on employees; the bar is trying to get its cable fixed in time for a big fight that night; business is being threatened by another chain breastaurant developing in the area, ManCave; and Lisa is in the middle of a separation with her depressed husband, Cameron. After Cubby scares Lisa during an episode of road rage, she calls Cameron for a ride; it is implied that Lisa's dedication to her job is driving their separation.
Cubby fires Lisa and she forces herself to leave. When she returns home she learns from Shaina that Cameron has moved out. Shaina reveals that she has gotten back together with her boyfriend and will use the fundraising money to pay his hospital bills. Furious, Lisa forces her to return the money. That night during the big fight, Maci and Danyelle, frustrated by the loss of Lisa, sabotage the cable in protest and are fired. Lisa, Maci, and Danyelle interview with ManCave the next day, though Lisa is unimpressed by ManCave's cold, corporate policies and treatment of its workforce. The three sit out on the rooftop drinking a bottle of liquor stolen from Double Whammies and contemplate their future employment before letting out cathartic screams.
- Regina Hall as Lisa Conroy
- Haley Lu Richardson as Maci
- James LeGros as Cubby
- AJ Michalka as Krista
- Dylan Gelula as Jennelle
- Shayna McHayle as Danyelle
- Lea DeLaria as Bobo
- Jana Kramer as Shaina
- Brooklyn Decker as Kara
- Lawrence Varnado as Cameron
- Kat Rogers as Jacqui
- Chris V. Brown as Gary
- Ann McCaskey as Reagan
- Elizabeth Trieu as Yejin
In May 2017, it was announced Haley Lu Richardson, James LeGros, Regina Hall, AJ Michalka, Dylan Gelula, Junglepussy, Lea DeLaria, Jana Kramer, and Brooklyn Decker had joined the cast of the film, with Andrew Bujalski directing from a screenplay he wrote. Sam Slater and Houston King served as producers on the film, under their Burn Later Productions and Houston King Productions banners, respectively.
The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018. Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. The film was theatrically released on August 24, 2018.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 97 reviews, and an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Support the Girls handles serious themes—and a talented ensemble cast—with wit and humor, all while proving Regina Hall's talents have been woefully underutilized." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 85 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
David Fear wrote in Rolling Stone, "You could not ask for a better image of our country right now. You could not ask for a better American film to showcase it." Former President Barack Obama named the film one of his favorites of 2018.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Black Reel Awards||February 7, 2019||Best Actress||Regina Hall||Runner-up|
|Florida Film Critics Circle||December 21, 2018||Best Cast||The cast of Support The Girls||Runner-up|
|Gotham Awards||November 26, 2018||Best Actress||Regina Hall||Nominated|||
|Best Screenplay||Andrew Bujalski||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||February 23, 2019||Best Female Lead||Regina Hall||Nominated|||
|National Society of Film Critics||January 5, 2019||Best Actress||Runner-up|
|New York Film Critics Circle||January 7, 2019||Best Actress||Won|||
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