The new dark comedy ‘Bottoms’ is getting a lot of buzz. The R-rated movie, directed by Emma Seligman, stars Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri, and previously premiered at this year’s SXSW Festival in March. Seligman broke through in 2020 with the hit movie ‘Shiva Baby’. On the festival circuit, she described ‘Bottoms’ as a “campy queer high school comedy in the vein of ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ but more for a Gen-Z queer audience.”
Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri play the lead roles
Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri play PJ and Josie, two best friends who are obsessed with becoming popular at their high school. They decide to start a rumor that they are dating each other, hoping to gain attention and acceptance from their peers. However, things get complicated when they realize that they might have actual feelings for each other.
Sennott is a writer and comedian who co-wrote and executive produced ‘Bottoms’. She starred in ‘Bodies, Bodies, Bodies’ and will next be onscreen in a movie called ‘I Used To Be Funny’. Edebiri is a writer and actress who stars in Hulu’s ‘The Bear’. She is writing partners with Sennott and the two starred together in a 2020 Comedy Central digital series titled ‘Ayo and Rachel Are Single’, about their horrible love lives. She also stars in ‘Theater Camp’ and ‘Everything in Between’.
Nicholas Galitzine and Ruby Cruz play the love interests
Nicholas Galitzine and Ruby Cruz play Max and Lila, two popular students who become involved with PJ and Josie. Max is the captain of the soccer team and Lila is the head cheerleader. They are both unaware of PJ and Josie’s scheme and fall for them genuinely. However, they also have their own secrets and insecurities that threaten to ruin their relationships.
Galitzine is a British actor hailing from London. He is known for his roles in ‘Cinderella’ (2021) and this year’s sappy rom-com ‘Red, White, and Royal Blue’. Cruz has starred in many TV shows, including ‘Mare of Easttown’ and ‘Castle Rock’, among others. In ‘Castle Rock’, she played a teenage version of Annie Wilkes, the famous character from Stephen King’s ‘Misery’.
Marshawn Lynch, Havana Rose Liu, and Kaia Gerber play the supporting roles
Marshawn Lynch, Havana Rose Liu, and Kaia Gerber play Coach Jones, Tina, and Sasha, respectively. Coach Jones is the gym teacher who tries to mentor PJ and Josie, but often gives them bad advice. Tina is PJ’s ex-girlfriend who is still hung up on him and tries to sabotage his relationship with Josie. Sasha is Lila’s best friend who has a crush on Max and tries to expose PJ and Josie’s lie.
Lynch is a former NFL football player. His nickname was “Beast Mode” and he spent most of his 12 season career playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Liu is a New York University graduate who is also a dancer and model. Her breakthrough role was in the thriller, ‘No Exit’. Gerber is the daughter of model Cindy Crawford and entrepreneur Rande Gerber. She has modeled and walked the runway for Alexander Wang, Chanel, and dozens of other fashion houses. Her breakthrough acting role came when she starred on Season 10 of FX’s ‘American Horror Story’.
Dagmara Dominczyk and Punkie Johnson play the cameo roles
Dagmara Dominczyk and Punkie Johnson play Principal Lee and Ms. Jenkins, respectively. Principal Lee is the strict head of the school who tries to maintain order and discipline among the students. Ms. Jenkins is the drama teacher who directs the school play that PJ and Josie audition for.
Dominczyk is best known for cleaning up the Roy family’s many messes on ‘Succession’. As Karolina, she is head of PR for Waystar Royco and a trusted Logan Roy insider. Johnson is a ‘Saturday Night Live’ castmember who joined the sketch show in 2020. She started her career doing standup in Los Angeles.
‘Bottoms’ debuts in theaters on Friday.