Rachel Sennott is becoming the shining light of SXSW. The 27-year-old has that thing that SXSW loves, the bawdy yet laid-back persona and physicality that could be compared to the likes of Kate Berlant. She's chill but neurotic. She's hot but not too put together. She's got that sardonic comedic delivery thing down to a science. Sennott has two inclusions in this year's festival, both appreciated by the audience in Texas.
The highly anticipated Bottoms was given a primo Paramount theatre screening on Saturday night to a generous crowd. The film was so well received it was hard to hear the punch lines over the crowd's laughter, according to Vulture. The audience continued to swoon into the credits, crescendoing as Charlie XCX was credited for the music alongside Leo Birenberg. Bottoms (co-written by Sennott) is set in a football-crazed high school, Sennott and her equally unpopular best friend Josie (Ayo Edebiri) start a female fight club to seduce the two hot cheerleaders played by Kaia Gerber and Havana Rose Liu. I mean the premise alone is a hoot.
I used to be funny, the second film she appeared in is a film about 20-something Sam played by Sennott who is a nanny, with larger ambitions of becoming a standup comedian. Sam takes a job babysitting 14-year-old Brooke who is dealing with her mother's terminal illness and pushing up against Brooke's father who is facing the realities of single parenthood. Early on in the film Sam's apathy takes over as she sees Brooke has gone missing. This news leaves her in a sticky spot as she needs to decide if she will go on to look for her.
That's not all Sennott has going on this year. She's currently shooting a thriller with Nicole Kidman and Gael García Bernal. It's obvious we're about to see a lot more of Sennott's work, and honestly, rightly so.
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