Support the Girls
In Cinemas Now
The filmmaker behind art comedies Computer Chess and Results follows the tight-knit staff at boob-oriented bar/restaurant Double Whammies in this comedic drama that won critical praise, including a spot on Barack Obama's best of 2018 list.
"Lisa (Regina Hall) is the general manager at Double Whammies, a dodgy sports bar where the waitresses must dress in revealing clothing, and deal with the leering clientele. Despite the circumstances, Lisa loves her staff and the customers and has an infectious optimism. She is also fiercely protective of her employees, helping them deal with absent babysitters, money problems and abusive boyfriends. The film takes in one particularly awful day that cruelly tests Lisa’s optimism." (Sydney Film Festival)
- Bay Of Plenty
- Hawke's Bay
- Nelson-Tasman Bay
- Taupo-Central Plateau
- West Coast
- Andrew Bujalski('Results', 'Computer Chess')
Comedy, Festival & Independent
Rating: M Offensive language, sexual references & nudity
Support The Girls is a stirring, bittersweet depiction of solidarity between working women and a nuanced collection of vignettes that perfectly captures the exhaustion and mundanity of everyday capitalism.
Regina Hall plays Lisa, the general manager of Double Whammies, a sports-bar-slash-“breastaurant” on a Texas highway turnoff. Throughout the entire film, she barely gets a minute to breathe, attending to her brood of young waitresses like a mother pup. She’s always on the move; checking in, supervising, guiding, convincing, moderating, explaining, consoling, drawing the line. Someone always needs something from Lisa, and Regina Hall plays that genuine generosity so well, even winning a New York Film Critics Circle Award for her performance.
The film also features an excellent ensemble cast, with standouts in Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart) as the modern-day Southern belle and Shayna McHale, also known as rapper Junglepussy, in her first film role.
In an induction for new waitresses, Lisa explains the concept of Double Whammies: “You’re not wearing a whole lot of clothes, but it’s a family place.” The film’s tone cleverly matches the strangeness of that essentially American “breastaurant” concept, outwardly sexy but inside much more about comfort.
And a comforting watch it is. Written and directed by the “godfather of mumblecore” Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, Funny Ha Ha), Support The Girls is the perfect watch for a night in after a particularly tiring week of work. Its portrayal of working class struggle is resonant without being didactic, and its hopeful to watch these characters find ways to survive, and sometimes even thrive, in this tough old world.
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