If Support the Girls is a movie to take seriously—about performative/commodified sexuality, working class options, women's relations to men and each other—it's because and not in spite of being a comedy. There is real warmth here, aiming for the kind of regional specificity indie cinema was always best at. I'm not sure slick visual polish and a recognizable lead help or hurt Bujalski. But Regina Hall does crush it.
So full of life, exuberance, and commentary I wish Andrew Bujalski had optioned to make this a ten-episode HBO series. "Support the Girls" is one of the most honest American films of the year, humanizing an often scandalized locale where masculinity, exploitation, drama, and cattiness all come together and have a beer with hot wings while pretending to care about the big game. Also: Regina Hall deserves all the smoke
With utter sincerity I believe STG might be the best piece of political film-making this year. There is the indie comedy 'just another day' version which ends with everyone sharing a drink at the bar - this ain't that. It's about how a capitalist system basically relies on a few good eggs to preserve dignity. Spoiler, they aren't rewarded. I only realised afterwards how radical the biker scene alone is.
Regina Hall is a marvel here, one of the best performances I have ever seen. Masterfully edited in the Bujalski tradition of having the narrative float like a leaf on the wind, moving from location to location with a kind of ease that feels both impromptu and fated
A deeply humanistic film about support between women working in an environment that normalises sexism. It's a wonderfully sympathetic and empathetic day in a life portrayal with stellar performances and an underlying frustration about having to put up much more crap than most us would ever wish to countenance for which the roof top bout of screaming therapy at the end is a perfect release.