Bottoms Trailer Drop: Queerleaders, Let’s Rally

As a backside, a gay, a Gemini, and an authorized fan of the Queerleader archetype, I needed to cease the whole lot I used to be doing right now when the full-length Bottoms trailer dropped. Have a look for your self:

Written and directed by Emma Seligman (Shiva Child), Bottoms follows Josie (Ayo Edebiri) and PJ (Rachel Sennott, who co-wrote the movie alongside Seligman), two unpopular queer highschool college students who begin a struggle membership…disguised as a self-defense coaching membership…beneath the guise of hoping to hook up with sizzling cheerleaders. It’s an absurd premise with an absurd trailer to match: attractive, bloody, campy bodily mess. I promptly watched it 5 occasions in a row, as a result of there’s simply a lot zaniness and verve packed into the 2 minutes.

Based mostly on the trailer and early movie fest critiques, Bottoms seems to be a send-up of and homage to teen intercourse comedies with a variety of chew. It’s poised to be a teen intercourse comedy that’s queer as fuck and narratively recent (even when a number of the jokes within the trailer replicate a number of the laziest genitalia-based humor rampant within the style, an space wherein I’m hoping there might be extra nuance to within the full movie). Former NFL participant Marshawn Lynch, American Horror Story(ies)‘ Kaia Gerber, Havana Rose Liu, and Willow‘s Ruby Cruz present supporting performances.

Whereas I’d have preferred to see extra lesbian makeouts within the trailer, I’m in awe of the violence in it!!!! It actually — and actually — isn’t pulling any punches relating to its struggle membership premise, and I for as soon as can not wait to look at teen ladies beat the hell out of one another. A intercourse comedy with stylized physique horror? Signal me proper on up!

I’ve been obsessively monitoring this film since I first heard of it, keen so as to add a full-length blurb for it to my ongoing timeline and cultural evaluation of the Queerleader trope in movie and tv when it does launch extra broadly this August. Evaluations out of SXSW this 12 months sound promising! I’m excited to see how the movie pushes the boundaries of the intercourse teen comedy style and of the Queerleader as a filmic pattern that has piqued my curiosity for a very long time. As a reminder, Elliot Web page and Devery Jacobs are additionally concerned in a totally different Queerleader movie called Backspot. We’re lastly residing within the golden period of the Queerleader, and I can not wait to get loud about Bottoms!!!! Queer friendship, unwell crushes, the violence of minor ladies, and actually good striped shirts — this trailer has so lots of my favourite issues.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian author of essays, quick tales, and popular culture criticism residing in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her quick tales seem or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and extra. A few of her popular culture writing could be discovered at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Reduce, and others. You possibly can observe her on Twitter or Instagram and be taught extra about her work on her website.

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