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SUPPORT THE GIRLS, new comedy starring Regina Hall

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Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming comedy Support the Girls and the clip looks like an honest story about keeping a small community together. Watch the clip below.

Written and directed by Results and Computer Chess filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, the film stars Regina Hall (About Last Night, When the Bough Breaks, Death at a Funeral) as the manager of a Hooters-like sports bar named Double Whammies and chronicles her everyday struggle to remain optimistic in the face of disappointment and setbacks. By the looks of the trailer, she's one of those bosses that really cares about her employees, so this upcoming dramedy looks like a feminist gem in all the right ways.

Critics have said a lot of good things about Hall’s talents and we couldn't agree more. The movie debuted at the SXSW Film Festival where it earned high praise, specifically for Hall’s work in the film. Bujalski’s last film was a romantic comedy called Results, which had some nice momentum, so we're curious to see where Support the Girls falls with the viewers.

The film also stars Haley Lu Richardson, Shayna McHayle, Brooklyn Decker, Jana Kramer, James Le Gros, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka, and Lea DeLaria. The project is produced by Burn Later Productions, Houston King Productions, and distribued by Magnolia Pictures.

Support the Girls will be released in theaters on August 24th and On Demand, on iTunes, and on Amazon Prime on August 28th.

Check out the Support the Girls trailer below.

The official synopsis reads:

Lisa Conroy 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 incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls 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?

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The word around town says:

"Bujalski divides the world into women versus men, and then divides it again between the sane and the screw-ups. “Support the Girls” goes easy on the guys, who are mostly seen as messy, easily manipulated fools, while deadbeats of both genders get it with both barrels — or as Lisa sighs, “I can take fucking up all day, but I can’t take not trying.” Bujalski also observes the social divide that makes Lisa pick these blue collar burger-eaters over the rich folks she used to serve at her former steakhouse. At least here, she can kick the jerks out — and when she enforces Double Whammies’ zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy, satisfaction rippled through the theater.

A few moments flop like wet napkins, including a throwaway bit about Maci’s secret boyfriend and a recurring joke with a confetti gun that just makes you wonder which girl’s gotta sweep up the mess. No matter. Lisa would simply power on, and she does as Hall’s performance — tender, tough, empathetic, controlled — crumples from tears to laughter in a blink. It’s phenomenal, and even in her character’s small triumphs, she never lets the audience forget that women like Lisa have long since stopped hoping for a Hollywood-style happy ending. Instead, her victory comes when she stays home and lets Cubby see how Double Whammies wobbles without her. Sometimes the best revenge is doing nothing at all." (Variety)

"As the mood at Double Whammies inches toward "take this job and shove it," some viewers may feel a spiritual kinship between Support the Girls and a workplace comedy shot not far away from its Austin locations, Office Space. But this film never embraces that one's acting-out fantasies, and it understands some hard realities about its protagonists' lives. While they may quit or get themselves fired, they're most likely to get work at the Mancave down the highway — a fast-growing chain where exploitation of women is efficient and standardized. Lisa could easily get on a management track there and make more money by treating employees like disposable bimbos. Hall makes that seem unlikely; but Bujalski won't be in a rush to judge Lisa if that's what she feels she has to do." (The Hollywood Reporter)

Tags:   news, comedy, trailer, drama, film news, Support the Girls

Related:   About Last Night, Death at a Funeral, Results


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