“Easily one of the best films of the year,” said Wall Street Journal, Support the Girls from award-winning writer-director Andrew Bujalski arrives in UK cinemas on June 28.
From award-winning writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Results) this universally-acclaimed American comedy drama features outstanding performances by a talented cast led by Regina Hall (Girls Trip, The Hate U Give) with Haley Lu Richardson (Split, Columbus), Dylan Gelula (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’), Brooklyn Decker (‘Grace & Frankie’), James Le Gros (Certain Women), Lea DeLaria (‘Orange Is the New Black’) and actress/rap artist Shayne McHayle.
Support the Girls follows Lisa (Regina Hall), the general manager at Double Whammies, a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves’, who has her normally unstoppable optimism and faith – in her girls, her customers, and herself – tested over the course of a long, strange day.
On its US release Support the Girls received rave reviews from critics across the board and huge praise for Regina Hall’s compelling performance which won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, making her the first African-American to win the award. At the top of many critics Best Films of the Year lists, the film was also named by former President Barack Obama as one of his favourite films of 2018.
Writer/director Andrew Bujalski was called one of the most influential films of the ’00s by New York Times critic A.O. Scott for his first feature film Funny Ha Ha. He has also written and directed the films Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax, Computer Chess and Results which have played festivals and won awards worldwide.
On setting the film in a slice of Americana rarely portrayed on screen, Bujalski says, “I’m interested in the unspoken rules that people agree to live by. I guess that’s what made a restaurant like Double Whammies so interesting to me: there’s a perverse set of assumptions, but it more or less works. While it is a very specific story in many ways, I hope that anyone who’s ever worked for a living will relate. Most of us have to buy/sell one crazy ‘concept’ or another to pay our bills, and some days, you’re not sure if your humour and dignity will survive to the end of the shift…”
Regina Hall began her acting career in the late 1990’s while simultaneously earning a master’s degree from New York University. With numerous film and television credits to her name, Regina Hall has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after comedic actresses. Her upcoming features include Shaft, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, a remake of the 1970’s film of the same title, Tina Gordon’s comedy Little and the new 80s-set Showtime series ‘Black Monday’ alongside Don Cheadle. Previously Regina lit up the big screen in the comedy blockbuster Girls Trip alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. Her other film credits include The Hate U Give, Naked, When the Bough Breaks, Barbershop 3, The Best Man Holiday, Think Like a Man Too, About Last Night and Scary Movie as well as its three sequels.
On reading the role for Lisa in Support the Girls, Regina remembers “From the moment I read it, I just resonated with Lisa. I had seen Andrew’s work and I thought he wrote such a beautifully complex and yet simplistic script. He was able to find the humanity in this space that we take for granted or don’t necessarily even think about. I just loved the chord that he touched on with this group of people, these women and girls. I thought Lisa was great: her need to help, her need to fix, her need to save, and her need to be needed. It just resonated on so many levels.”
Alongside Regina Hall, the ensemble cast includes Haley Lu Richardson (playing Maci) best known for her roles in The Edge of Seventeen, Split, Columbus, The Chaperone and the upcoming Five Feet Apart; Dylan Gelula (paying Jennelle) praised for her breakout performance in First Girl I Loved, and as Xanthippe in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Brooklyn Decker (Erin) former top model before her debut role in the comedy Just Go With It followed by roles including Mallory in the Netflix series ‘Grace and Frankie’; James Le Gros (Cubby) whose extensive film credits include Drugstore Cowboy, Lovely and Amazing, Safe, Zodiac, Point Break and TV credits ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Mildred Pierce’, ‘Girls’, ‘Justified’ and ‘Billions’; Lea DeLaria (Bobo) known for her award-winning role as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the Netflix hit series ‘Orange is the New Black’; and Shayne McHayle making her acting debut in the role of Danyelle, following her success and cult following as New York rap artist ‘Junglepussy’ and her debut album ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’.
Support The Girls is in cinemas from June 28