BOTTOMS is an ironic name for one of the top films of 2023. This year has been great for comedy; NO HARD FEELINGS and JOY RIDE were silly, funny, and unique, but Emma Seligman’s sophomore film stands out. Billed as a queer-teen fight club, the film turns out to be much more: heartwarming, creative, and kinda insane (in the best way).

Aside from a well-crafted, crisp 92-minute story, what really elevates BOTTOMS are its two main characters, PJ and Josie, played by Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri. Sennott starred in Seligman’s excellent debut, SHIVA BABY, as well as one the best films of 2022, BODIES BODIES BODIES. Edebiri has had an impressive TV career, including THE BEAR and ABBOTT ELEMENTARY, stood out in her THEATER CAMP role, and has a solid voice acting resume, including TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

I list their filmographies because they haven’t missed so far, and BOTTOMS feels like part of their exponential rise to the top. The supporting cast is also incredibly strong, especially Ruby Cruz as Hazel (don’t go too deep into this analogy, but McLovin-esque). Even Marshawn Lynch is perfectly cast and shines in his role.

What really sets BOTTOMS aside is a commitment to the bit; it goes further and more bizarre than its predecessors in the subgenre. Plus, with a score (not soundtrack!) by Charli XCX, BOTTOMS feels like a time capsule; I can’t wait to keep rewatching it.

BOTTOMS is now playing in theaters.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking).

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