Support the Girls

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Support the Girls
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Bujalski
Produced by
Written byAndrew Bujalski
Starring
CinematographyMatthias Grunsky
Edited byKaren Skloss
Production
company
  • Burn Later Productions
  • Houston King Productions
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release date
  • March 9, 2018 (2018-03-09) (SXSW)
  • August 24, 2018 (2018-08-24) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$132,288[1][2]

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[3][4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in May 2017 in Texas.[5]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018.[6][7] Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[8] The film was theatrically released on August 24, 2018.[9]

Critical response[edit]

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."[10] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 85 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[11]

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."[12] Former President Barack Obama named the film one of his favorites of 2018.[13]

Accolades[edit]

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 [14]
Best Screenplay Andrew Bujalski Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards February 23, 2019 Best Female Lead Regina Hall Nominated [15]
National Society of Film Critics January 5, 2019 Best Actress Runner-up
New York Film Critics Circle January 7, 2019 Best Actress Won [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Support The Girls (2018) - Financial Information". The Numbers (website). Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Support the Girls (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 2, 2017). "Regina Hall & Haley Lu Richardson Topline Andrew Bujalski's Indie 'Support The Girls'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Raup, Jordan (May 4, 2017). "Andrew Bujalski Begins Next Film 'Support the Girls' Starring Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall & More". The Film Stage. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Wyche, Elbert (May 2, 2017). "Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson join 'Support The Girls'". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (January 31, 2018). "SXSW Film Festival Lineup Unveiled, John Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place' Set as Opener". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Support the Girls". SXSW Schedule. South by Southwest. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 7, 2018). "SXSW Comedy 'Support The Girls' Scooped Up By Magnolia Ahead Of Austin Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Support the Girls". Magnolia Pictures. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Support the Girls (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Support the Girls Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Fear, David (August 24, 2018). "'Support the Girls' Review: The Great American Breastaraunt Movie Has Arrived". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Former President Obama reveals his favorite movies and books from 2018". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  14. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (November 26, 2018). "Gotham Awards: A24 Sweeps With Five Wins, Including 'First Reformed,' 'Eighth Grade' (Full Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Erbland, Kate (November 16, 2018). "2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees: 'Eighth Grade' & 'We the Animals' Lead". IndieWire. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Sharf, Zach (November 29, 2018). "2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards". IndieWire. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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