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Emma Seligman’s ‘Bottoms’: The Chaotic Queer Teen Comedy We’ve Been Waiting For

Defined by their interest in inclusivity, political and social activism, and strong sense of individuality, those of the American Generation Z can be more pragmatic.

And by “pragmatic” we mean, you know, sensible. Realistic.

What’s more realistic than sex, profanity, and teen actors beating the crap out of each other?

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Bottoms: An LGBTQ+ Gen Z Comedy

Enter Elizabeth Banks and Brownstone Productions (Cocaine Bear) with the new teen sex comedy, Bottoms.

Written, directed and produced by Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby), her second feature, Bottoms, was described by Senior Editor and critic David Fear from Rolling Stone as, “the horniest, bloodiest high school movie of the 21st century.”

The Gen Z comedy stars Rachel Sennott (HBO’s The Idol) and Ayo Edebiri (FX’s The Bear) as two queer outcasts in their senior year, who in an attempt to lose their virginity to cheerleaders, start a “self-defense” fight club.

The other cast members include Ruby Cruz (Willow), Havana Rose Liu (No Exit), model Kaia Gerber (American Horror Story), Nicholas Galitzine (Red, White & Royal Blue, Cinderella), Miles Fowler (The Resident), former football player Marshawn LynchDagmara Dominiczyk (Succession) and Punkie Johnson (Saturday Night Live alum)

Bottoms: Definitely an R-Rated Trailer

 Bottoms: Nowhere To Go But Up

This is the second film together for Seligman and Sennott. Their first, Shiva Baby, was an indie breakout in 2021, putting the film on several best-of-lists and thrusting Seligman, a 28-year-old Canadian, into the spotlight. The small budget feature is about a sugar baby (Sennott) who goes with her parents to a shiva (a Jewish mourning ceremony) and runs into her sugar daddy and his wife, and her successful ex-girlfriend. Shiva Baby struck a chord with critics and viewers as it explored religious and cultural clashes, complicated relationships, and the uncomfortable nature of family functions.

Fast forward to Bottoms where Seligman reunites with Sennott as her lead star and co-writer. In a complete 180 from Shiva Baby, Seligman described Bottoms in a recent interview with Vanity Fair as a film “designed to make you not think, make you not use your brain.”

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Bottoms premiered at the South by Southwest this past March but will open in limited release on August 25. Its expanded release happens on September 1.

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