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Support the Girls.

Support the Girls.

I just love this movie.

OK, I’ll go back to being all professional and analytical now. But just to repeat, as much as this disarmingly modest movie works in so many ways, as delightful as it is, as warm hearted and slyly societal as it is, I still just love this movie.

Andrew Bujalski’s comic drama revolves around a ‘sports bar with curves’ (i.e. bosomy, leggy waitresses) the way that Magic Mike revealed more than its male strippers’ abs. The young women who show up to bring boys drinks here all have their reasons for being there and while we get to know them, Bujalski and a wonderful roster of actresses keep the tone light enough to cheer for women with whom we may not relate but do come to love. Hats off to a glorious Haley Lu Richardson, Lea DeLaria and Shayna McHayle who lead the way, along with a terrific scene stealing turn from an almost unrecognizable James LeGros.

But let’s just talk about Regina Hall for a while. With the role of Lisa, the den mother manager of Double Whammies (get it?), Hall gets to sink her teeth into a whole lot more than she has been previously given in high profile pictures such as Girls Trip and the Scary Movie spoofs. Lisa is the kind of woman who can handle just about anything. The few days we get to spend with her might, however, prove to be even more than a compassionate soul can take. Or do they? Hall creates the kind of woman we should see more of, not just in movies, but also in life. I wanted to take her home with me. And some of her girls can come along, too.

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