Support the Girls (2018)
R | 1h 30min | Comedy | Now in select theaters
Synopsis: Lisa (Regina Hall) is the last person you’d expect to find in a highway-side “sports bar with curves,”– but as general manager at Double Whammies, she’s come to love the place, and its customers. An instinctive den mother, she nurtures and protects her ‘girls’ on the staff fiercely — but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction… Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?
Review: It is my hope that SUPPORT THE GIRLS gets the attention it deserves. There is a special heart to this one that beats deeper than expected. Most of that is thanks to the writing/directing of Andrew Bujalski and the organic performance of Regina Hall.
Shooting a 90-minute film that literally spans a day in the life of a group of characters is not an easy task. There are usually pot holes and thin plot lines that meander around one central point that never quite becomes clear. This one instantly grabs your attention and moves steadily – and at a nice pace – to the end.
The story takes place at a Hooters-type bar in Texas and follows the tough job of GM Lisa (Regina Hall). Lisa is married to her job and the girls she works with. The bar hasn’t even opened yet and she is helping find sitters for sick kids of her waitresses, seeking legal aid for another, and taking care of every aspect of the business from top down. To say she is a multitasker is like saying the Grand Canyon is a hole.
A lot takes place in this film but it never seems rushed or too much. I will say that the film gets a tad heavy near the end which may work and is a believable evolution for Lisa but I preferred the more lighter moments. Each girl has her own quirks and personality which makes for essential humor and it was that I wanted more of.
The best compliment I can give this movie is that the entire time I was wishing it were a TV series and not a just a movie. I wanted to come back and visit with these people each week. The regular customers, nuances of running a bar, and the issues these girls face; all would make for a dang good comedy series.
Support the Girls is rated R for language including sexual references, and brief nudity. This film could really have gone the raunchy adult route but never does. It is an adult film but the humor, language and themes feel natural and never used for shock value. That too makes this a succesful endeavor.