Parents' Guide to

Bottoms

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Raunchy language, humor in queer-female-centered comedy.

Movie R 2023 92 minutes
Bottoms Movie Poster: PJ and Josie stand beside each other with opposite arms raised in a body-building pose; clinging to PJ is Brittany, and Isabel is hugging Josie, while, beneath, members of the football team and fight club sit and lie on the ground

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Daughter thought it was great

My daughter said this was one the best movies she has seen and the first one she has ever seen that she could imagine herself within the story. She was cracking up the whole way through. Me (53 year old dad), I laughed but I went because she really wanted to go, not for my own enjoyment. In the crowded theater I was one of only a few folks over the age of 25 and just as small number of males. I was amused watching the crowd react raucously. While there are some nice underlying messages, this movie is for laughs and parody, not for a deeper message that is going to leave you changed or a better person or anything. As others said, the language is over the top, lots of violence -- all part of the parody. I think someone should be old enough not to take it too literally. Although it is *about* sex, you really don't see any. Just kissing.
age 13+

Funny stupid high school movie is gory but childish.

So funny and stupid but it’s so fresh and new. It’s gore and violence is used in a childish play. I love the idea and I love how it turned out. Great teen movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Ribald and surreal, this film has the distinction of being an entirely new kind of comedy: a raunch-fest centering on queer women. Bottoms' world is informed by 1980s sex comedies: There are improbably large teen gatherings, actors in their late 20s playing high schoolers, and everyone in high school is bizarrely focused on a historical football rivalry. But the film undermines these cliches wildly: The school's football players never take off their uniforms (pads included), and the Big Game conflict at the film's climax is rumored to involve a human sacrifice.

Meanwhile, PJ and Josie are just as gonzo, particularly PJ, with her single-minded focus on getting physical with her crush. Edebiri fleshes Josie out with a bit more emotion (she's the one who gives the big speech that gets everybody together for a big fight, followed by hugs), but both are wacky good fun, and they have great chemistry. Funnily enough, Bottoms is a sex comedy without any actual sex: The only person who goes topless is Nicholas Galitzine's Jeff, and when two characters hook up, the camera coyly pans away as they sink down to the bed, kissing). But with gags that land often enough to keep viewers chortling and a plot and setting full of surprises, Bottoms utterly belies its name. It's a brand-new kind of screwball comedy for the ages, a silly, fizzy kick that's well worth its runtime.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 25, 2023
  • On DVD or streaming: September 22, 2023
  • Cast: Rachel Sennott , Ayo Edebiri , Nicholas Galitzine
  • Director: Emma Seligman
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Bisexual directors, Female actors, Queer actors, Black actors, Female writers, Bisexual writers
  • Studios: Orion Pictures , MGM
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: crude sexual content, pervasive language and some violence
  • Last updated: January 7, 2024

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