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Queer teenage girls are getting their ‘American Pie’ moment in this film starring Kaia Gerber and Rachel Sennott

Sure, the production of queer films has amped up of late. But like we said last week 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 a Jewish funeral only to realise that both her ex and her sugar daddy are present as well. 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? Ayo Edebiri, Marshawn Lynch, Ruby Cruz, Havana Rose Liu, Nicholas Galitzine, Miles Fowler, 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. While nothing has been confirmed, we're certain Kaia Gerber has been tapped as a cheerleader. Go figure.

With production for Bottoms set to start in spring (our Autumn) we're hoping more details on the film will zoom our way soon. Until then, watch this space and if you haven't yet, watch Shiva Baby.

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