Sure, the production of queer films has amped up of late. But like we said in April 2022 when Ethan Coen announced his own queer comedy, the missing ingredient has been joy. Thankfully, director Emma Seligman has picked some up at the grocery store and is pouring box fulls into her next film, Bottoms.
For people who hate film (there's no other explanation for why you haven't watched it yet), Seligman is the fresh face that brought us Shiva Baby; a comedy horror where a directionless college student attends the Jewish funeral of a family member only to realise that both her ex and her sugar daddy are present. It's a queasy and tense but nonetheless brilliant watch, amplified by the talent of its lead Rachel Sennott, who Seligman has tapped for the forthcoming film.
Joining Sennott in Bottoms is none other than Kaia Gerber, who made her acting debut in television series anthology American Horror Stories. As for the rest of the cast? The Bear's Ayo Edebiri, Marshawn Lynch, Ruby Cruz, Havana Rose Liu, Nicholas Galitzine, Miles Fowler, Succession's Dagmara Dominczyk, and Punkie Johnson have also signed on for the project.
What is Bottoms about?
The plot was a collaboration between Seligman and Sennott, the former who craved something positive and fun for teen girls and the latter who hoped that the female characters could be as messy and "despicable in their actions in the way that we’ve seen a lot of male characters in raunchy comedies", explained Seligman in an interview with Dazed. In the end, what they came up with was a high school sex comedy, granting queer teen girls their American Pie moment.
Bottoms will follow two unpopular queer high-schoolers in their senior year. The two girls create a fight club in order to capture the attention of the cheerleaders so that they can have sex before graduation. Kaia Gerber is, of course, tapped as a cheerleader. Go figure.
Is there a trailer?
We finally have a trailer for Bottoms, which is great as all we had to go off was a teaser image from SXSW. See the fun new trailer below.
Is there a release date?
Thankfully we'll get to catch Bottoms in the near future. The film is scheduled to premiere exclusively in theatres from August 25, 2023.